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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Urfin Jus

Last October, I posted a set of postcards illustrating the Russian version of The Wizard of Oz, written by Alexander Volkov, in which Oz is known as Magic Land. Here's a partial set of cards illustrating one of Volkov's sequels to that story, Urfin Jus and his Wooden Soldiers. I think the creation of an alternate Russian Oz is a fascinating phenomenon!
The cards shown are numbers 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, and 12. I'm not certain if this set ends at 12 - the other series had 16 total. So, there are at least 4 cards missing, and possibly 8 - I'll have to keep my eyes open!
In any case, it's fun to see these interesting characters featured, together with a few old favorites!


Anonymous said...

Just letting people know that the artist's name is Leonid Vladimirsky.


Bill Campbell said...

Thanks, I shouLd have mentioned that!

Bell-Snickle said...

Great images! At some point I want to pick these up.

Cindy said...

I was lucky enough to find a complete set in the original folder and there are only 12 cards. The folder dates them to 1969.

Bill Campbell said...

Thanks Cindy! The #12 card looked like a final image to me, but it's good to have that confirmed!

Glenn Ingersoll said...

Love me some Vladimirsky! I got the Peter Blystone translations of the Volkov Magic Land books (available from lulu.com) and enjoyed reading them both as entertaining stories and as a version of Oz.