Artist Skottie Young Concludes Award-Winning Work On Marvel’s ‘Oz’ Adaptations
It may not have drawn headlines like some of the other comics series out there, but Marvel's Oz series of adaptations of Frank L. Baum's books, has been going strong for almost six years, earning critical acclaim, Eisner Award honors and placement on the New York Times' Bestsellers list. Perhaps most auspicious of all, the Oz series maintained the same creative team throughout its entire run, a feat virtually unheard of at modern-day Marvel (and in American comics in general).
Young wrote about just how much these books meant to him:
I’ve never been emotional about a book I’ve worked on. As an artist in today’s comic landscape, you get used to spending 6-8 months on one title and then moving onto another. The long run of characters being yours and yours alone is very rare. To come to work every day for nearly 6 years and spend time with the same characters in the same world is something I grew to love and depend on. Leaving it behind is bitter sweet. I’m excited face new challenges but a bit sad to leave one of the most reliable things in my life.
Young's last issue, The Emerald City of Oz #5, comes out December 11.
Baum actually wrote eight more Oz books, so it's yet to be seen whether writer Eric Shanower, Young, and colorist Jean-Francois Beaulieu will continue at a later date since Marvel hasn't announced any plans to continue with further material.
Young didn't write much about his upcoming projects, but he did mention that "fun is coming your way."