Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fly Like An Eagle

The Flying Gump is certainly one of the more remarkable characters to make his home in the land of Oz. He was created out of a couple of old sofas and some palm leaves by Ozma (whilst in the skin of the boy Pip) with the aid of her friends Jack, The Scarecrow and Tin Woodman -- and especially with the aid of Mombi's Powder of Life. Like Tik-Tok and Jack Pumpkinhead, he was realized beautifully in Walter Murch's Return to Oz

The art for this card has a pretty remarkable pedigree, too. I paired a base illustration by Neill with the sky from a painting by Winslow Homer. Sitting in for the Emerald City are a couple of buildings from Chicago's World Columbian Exhibition, The White City, a place known to have inspired L. Frank Baum in the creation of The Emerald City.

-- Freder