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Monday, September 1, 2008
Wonder City Art
I have a couple pieces of artwork by John R. Neill from The Wonder City of Oz. Two pieces feature one of Neill's new characters, Number Nine, a Munchkin boy who ends up as assistant to the Wizard of Oz. In both pictures, he's wearing his whistlebreeches - pants that play music if the wearer slows down while working. As Number Nine was a somewhat lazy boy, he was given these pants to make sure he kept moving!
This drawing was used as the heading for Chapter 21, on page 216. According to Neill's notation on the artwork, it was originally intended for Chapter 5, much earlier in the book. The editing and rewriting of Neill's manuscript required moving illustrations about throughout the book, and many were changed to fit the final story.
The second drawing I'm showing is Number Nine with the Town Crier - a typically Ozzy pun/character . I've always found this drawing odd because Number Nine is clearly missing one leg. On the drawing, there are pencil remnants of various positions tried by Neill for the right leg, but he must not have been pleased with any - so, no leg!
Posted by Bill Campbell