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Dorothy Gale

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In The Oz Books, Dorothy is an orphan raised by her aunt and uncle in the bleak landscape of a Kansas farm. She has a little dog named Toto. Dorothy and Toto are swept away by a cyclone to the Land of Oz and, much like Alice of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, they enter a lively alternative world filled with talking creatures. In most of the Oz books, Dorothy is the main hero of the stories. She is often seen with her best friend and the ruler of Oz, Princess Ozma. Dorothy's surname, Gale, is first mentioned in Ozma of Oz.

People who know the Land of Oz only from the 1939 film or from Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz often claim that the main message in Dorothy's experiences can be summed up in the popular sentiment "There's no place like home." However, in the sixth Oz book by Baum, The Emerald City of Oz (1910), Dorothy moves to Oz and takes her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em with her. She then becomes a princess of Oz and lives there with no apparent inclination to return to Kansas.

Dorothy is a standard character in the fourteen Oz books written by L. Frank Baum and is at least a frequent figure in the nineteen that followed by author Ruth Plumly Thompson. She rates at least a mention in 39 of 40 canonical Oz books, the exception being Captain Salt in Oz (1936). A cottage industry of Oz books has continued since Thompson's last book, Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz, written in the same year as the 1939 movie. Scores of books by mostly amateur authors and small publishing houses have been made in which Princess Dorothy of Oz lives on even to our present day.

Book appearances:

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)
Tik=Tok of Oz (1914)
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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Issue Appearances:
Adventures in Oz (2006)
Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman (2003)
Amazing Heroes (1981)
Animal Man (1988)
Arrow Anthology (1997)
Augenfutter (2016)
Blattonisch (2012)
Cheshire Crossing (2006)
Classics Illustrated Junior (1953)
De Tovenaar van Oz (1986)
Dorothy (2004)
Dorothy & The Wizard in Oz (2011)
Dorothy Gale: Journey to Oz (2004)
Fairy Quest (2008)
Four Color Comics (1942)
L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz (2005)
Little Adventures in Oz (2010)
Lost Girls (1995)
Lost Girls (2006)
Magneto (2011)
Marvelous Wizard of Oz (1975)
Outtakes (2015)
Oz (1994)
Ozma of Oz (2011)
Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz (2009)
Sir Apropos of Nothing (2008)
Swamp Thing (1985)
The Blue Witch of Oz (1992)
The Emerald City of Oz (2013)
The Enchanted Apples of Oz (1986)
The Forgotten Forest of Oz (1988)
The Forgotten Forest Of Oz Treasury Edition (2012)
The Ice King of Oz (1987)
The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West (2011)
The Marvelous Land of Oz (2010)
The Oz-Wonderland War (1986)
The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles (2005)
The Secret Island of Oz (1986)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (2009)
Walt Disney Pictures' Return To Oz (1985)
Wonderland (1998)
Worlds of Color: Welcome to Oz Adult Coloring Book (2016)

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