Hello there. I'm DEADMAN, a murdered circus acrobat who returned to life in spirit form to find my own killer! Today, we're going to be discussing a disturbing urban legend surrounding the beloved film classic THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939).
For years, there's been an urban legend that during the filming of THE WIZARD OF OZ, one of the munchkins hung himself, and his hanging body is visible in the background of a scene where Dorothy and company go dancing down the yellow brick road. Some stills and clips seem to show a hanging body pretty clearly...
But there's a perfectly logical explanation. It wasn't a suicidal munchkin at all -- it was one of several large BIRDS that were allowed to run around loose the set.
BELOW: The "hanging" scene, in ani-motion. See the bird running around?
So, there was no actual deadman in THE WIZARD OF OZ. But guess what? When I neared the end of my epic run in STRANGE ADVENTURES, the same sort of thing happened to me!
The story, written and drawn by Neal Adams, was called "A New Lease On Death."
When I entered a cave, I was exposed to a barrage of weird pink rays. I soon realized that a startling message was contained in the rays. They said, "HEY, A JIM STERANO EFFECT!"
And pretty soon, MORE messages started appearing in OTHER weird rays!
BELOW: "HEY, A NEAL ADAMS RIP OFF!" (From The Simpson's Radioactive Man comic book by Groening/Vance)
BELOW: "HOLY COW! DIG THE FIREWORKS!"
from Superboy #217 by Mike Grell.
Wow, look how many people copied my weird message rays! Well, that's show biz. Like they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. You win some, you lose some. For example, take a look at the cover BELOW. It was rejected! Why?
Well, to be honest, I rejected it myself. Call me vain, but I didn't want to appear on a cover with my ass to the camera! And that gunman was just an extra, for God's sake. Why should HE get all that exposure? Fortunately, in this case, the producers listened to my demands, and got Neal Adams to draw another cover for the issue. Hooray for Hollywood!