Scarecrow (Wizard of Oz)
Real Name: Wang Wo Zhang
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The Scarecrow is generally considered to be the wisest man in all of Oz.
The Scarecrow attributes his brains to the Wizard of Oz. He often confuses wisdom and knowledge, and when he discovers that he is ignorant about something, he sometimes restricts his actions too much, but allows others to proceed with his (usually correct) ideas.
At least three versions of his origin exist. In L. Frank Baum's _The Wonderful Wizard of Oz_ (1900), he describes to Dorothy the experience of having the farmer paint his face on. In Ruth Plumly Thompson's _The Royal Book of Oz_ (1921), he is said to be the reincarnation of Chang Wang Woe (Zhang Wang Wo in contemporary standard Mandarin spelling), Emperor of the Silver Islands, an underground Asiatic nation who claim to be ancestors to the Chinese. There, he is said to have sprung to life instantly upon being placed upon a beanpole that grew from the tears of Chang's wife after his death. A third origin appears in the Stuart Kerr and Bill Bryan Oz comic book, in which he says that he and Scraps, the Patchwork Girl (and their children) were all brought to life with Dr. Pipt's Powder of Life.
Whatever his true origins, after two days of life, he was lifted off his pole by Dorothy Gale when he requested it of her. The crows he was unable to scare convinced him that he had no brain, so he sought the help of the fabled Wizard of Oz in order to obtain one.
Along the way, he advised the Tin Woodman in the construction of a makeshift bridge to escape from and destroy the Kalidahs, and in the building of a raft in order to cross the Munchkin River.
He allowed the Wizard, a simple stage magician, to put a handful of bran mixed with pins and needles into his head to make him "sharp." Subsequently, he became known for the wisdom he had displayed all along, but for which he attributed to the Wizard's gift.
The Wizard departed for home, leaving the Scarecrow in charge of the Emerald City, but after a short reign in which he felt incompetent, he was dethroned by General Jinjur and her Army of Revolt. He sought the aid of Glinda the Good to regain his throne, but she refused, claiming that the rightful ruler was Ozma of Oz, daughter of King Pastoria, from whom the Wizard had stolen the throne.
Once Ozma was found and crowned, he happily gave her the throne and became one of her most trusted advisors. He subsequently built a house in the shape of a corn cob in the Winkie Country, halfway between the castle of the Tin Woodman (his best friend) and his other friends in the Emerald City.
A few years later he met Scraps, the Patchwork Girl, a cotton-stuffed doll of crazy quilt with lots of brains, wit, and, will, but no dignity, and fell in love.
When Professor Woggle-Bug accused the Scarecrow of having no ancestry for his Royal Geneaology (which would be effectively permanent since Ozites no longer age or die thanks to a magic spell that became weakened while the Wizard ruled Oz), he returned to the pole form which he was perched, fell down it, and discovered the Silver Islanders, who reinstated him as their emperor Chang Wang Woe, believing the Scarecrow to be his reincarnation. In spite of the empress's protests, he eventually left rule of the kingdom to his friend, the young court entertainer Happy Toko, or "Tappy Oko," as the Scarecrow fondly called him.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)
Ozma of Oz (1907)
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1908)
The Road to Oz (1909)
The Emerald City of Oz (1910)
The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913)
The Scarecrow of Oz (1915)
Rinkitink in Oz (1916)
The Lost Princess in Oz (1917)
The Tin Woodman of Oz (1918)
The Magic of Oz (1919)
Glinda of Oz (1920)
The Royal Book of Oz (1921)
Kabumpo in Oz (1922)
The Cowardly Lion of Oz (1923)
Grampa in Oz (1924)
The Lost King of Oz (1925)
The Hungry Tiger of Oz (1926)
The Gnome King of Oz (1927)
The Giant Horse of Oz (1928)
Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz (1929)
The Yellow Knight of Oz (1930)
Pirates in Oz (1931)
The Purple Prince of Oz (1932)
Ojo in Oz (1933)
Speedy in Oz (1934)
The Wishing Horse of Oz (1935)
Handy Mandy in Oz (1937)
Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wonder City of Oz (1940)
The Scalawagons of Oz (1941)
Lucky Bucky in Oz (1942)
The Magical Mimics in Oz (1946)
The Shaggy Man of Oz (1948)
The Hidden Valley of Oz (1951)
Merry Go Round in Oz (1963)
First Appearance: Classics Illustrated Junior (1953) #535
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Adventures in Oz (2006)
HC Amazing Heroes (1981)
- 'Adventures in Oz'TPB
- 'Adventures in Oz'
Caliber Spotlight (1995)
#1 Classics Illustrated Junior (1953)
- 'Stories from AKA Goldfish, Kabuki, Kilroy is Here, Oz'
#535 Dorothy & The Wizard in Oz (2011)
- 'The Wizard of Oz'
HC Dorothy of Oz Prequel (2012)
- 'Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz'#8
Fairy Quest (2008)
HC Four Color Comics (1942)
- 'The Narrator's Book'
#1308 L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz (2005)
- 'Tales of the Wizard of Oz'
Marvel Treasury of Oz (1975)
#1 MGM's Marvelous Wizard of Oz (1975)
- 'The Land of Oz'#2
- 'Ozma of Oz'
#1 Oz (1994)
- 'Metro-Goldwyn Mayer's The Wizard of Oz'
#0 Oz: Romance in Rags (1996)
- 'To Covet a Kingdom or A Megalomaniac's Guide to Oz'#2#3#4#5#6#7
- 'Monkey in the Middle'#8
- 'The Itsy Bitsy Spider....'#9
- 'Clash of Titans'#10
- 'The Perils of Peter'#13
- 'What On Earth?'#14
- 'Battle Royale'#15
- 'New World Order'#17
- 'Peace Be So Fragile'#18
- 'Quadling Quandry'#19
- 'From Bad to Worse!'
Oz: Straw & Sorcery (1997)
Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz (2009)
The Blue Witch of Oz (1992)
OGN SC The Dreaming (1996)
- 'The Blue Witch of Oz'
#21 The Enchanted Apples of Oz (1986)
- 'The Dark Rose, Part Two: A Shadowed Heart'
OGN SC The Forgotten Forest of Oz (1988)
- 'The Enchanted Apples of Oz'
OGN SC The Forgotten Forest Of Oz Treasury Edition (2012)
- 'The Forgotten Forest of Oz'
nn The Ice King of Oz (1987)
- 'The Forgotten Forest Of Oz Treasury Edition'
The Marvelous Land of Oz (2010)
The Oz-Wonderland War (1986)
#1 The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles (2005)
- 'Gillikin's Highland/Slay It with Flowers'#2
- 'Deliver Oz From Evil!/Roquat's Dread Glare!'#3
- 'Jabber-Wacky!/Oz Well That Ends Well'
The Savage Dragon (1993)
The Secret Island of Oz (1986)
OGN SC The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (2009)
- 'The Secret Island of Oz'
Walt Disney Pictures' Return To Oz (1985)
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