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Thursday 20 November 2014

"I Don't Think We're In Moloch Falls Anymore..."

Issue#75: "I Don't Think We're In Moloch Falls Anymore..." 

Barnaby hits his head and wakes up in the world of Oz...

Notes and References: 

This is the third dream sequence of Barnaby Banks after issue#11: "A Nightmare in Moloch Falls" and the Zombie Storyline that ran from issue#68-#72.

This issue is based on The Wizard of Oz, An American novel written by L. Frank Baum and famously made into a film in 1939 directed by Victor Fleming and starring Judy Garland. The novel and the film tell the story of Dorothy Gale who wakes up in the magical land of Oz after a powerful tornado hits Kansas. While in Oz, Dorothy meets and befriends a Scarecrow without a brain, A Tin-Man without a heart and a Lion lacking Courage. Together they travel to meet The Wizard of Oz but end up making an enemy of the Wicked Witch of the West who is out for revenge after the accidental murder of her sister, The Wicked Witch of the East.

Barnaby is shocked that he is dressed as Dorothy. Beauregarde plays the part of the dog Toto. Loaker is the Scarecrow due to concerns over his mental state, Kathy is the Tin-Man due to her previous stories involving romance and being in love. Feigenbaum plays the part of the Cowardly Lion. Feigenbaum continues to slip into Barnaby's dreams. The fact that he is a lion seeking courage relates to Barnaby building up the courage to accept that the pooka may actually exist.

Bancroft continues to be left out.

The cricket ball that knocked Barnaby out was thrown by Aldbug Lobings.

This issue is heavily influenced by the 1939 movie especially with the designs of the characters. It also mirrors the start and end of the film which is filmed in sepia/ black and white tones while the main part of the film is full of colour.

The title of this strip comes from "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Toto..." which is a misquote from the movie. The actual line is "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore..."

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