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Denslow's Scarecrow and Tin Man was a short-lived comic strip written and drawn by W. W. Denslow, and provided to newspapers by the McClure Syndicate. Fourteen weekly strips were published between 11 December 1904 and 12 March 1905.

One of the reasons the friendship and collaboration between Denslow and L. Frank Baum did not survive was their dispute of the rights to characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Denslow thought of himself as not merely an illustrator but a co-creator of that work. Denslow asserted his share of the copyright through this comic.

The result was not a comic strip in the modern sense, but more of a full-page illustrated short story. Denslow's gifts as an artist were undeniable — but he was less capable as an author. His strip was in direct competition with the more popular Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz; Denslow's offering was carried by relatively few papers, and soon died. Only the Cleveland Plain Dealer carried its entire run. Commentators have tended to judge the strip both a commercial and an artistic failure.


  • David L. Greene and Dick Martin. The Oz Scrapbook. New York, Random House, 1977.
  • Michael Patrick Hearn. "Queer Visitors Revisited." The Baum Bugle, Vol. 38 No. 3 (Winter 1994).

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