Spouse produced a very faithful adaptation of Baum's stories; his artwork was strongly influenced by the originals of John R. Neill. Spouse adapted five of the Oz books into comic form — The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, The Emerald City of Oz, The Patchwork Girl of Oz, and Tik-Tok of Oz. The comic strip was cancelled after that point.
Spouse's strip has often been considered a failure by commentators, since it did not achieve great popularity or long-term viability. Spouse's adaptation of Baum's stories was so direct and detailed that many of his individual four-panel strips convey little action.
Spouse structured his strip in an outdated format, with blocks of text at the bottom of each panel — a format employed three decades previously in comics like the early Little Nemo in Slumberland, but generally out of use by the 1930s. When Spouse's strip was reprinted in comic-book form in 1939 (by Dell, in The Funnies), it was restructured with the speech balloons standard in comics. Some of this re-formatted version was reprinted in Oz-story Magazine between 1995 and 2000. This re-issue brought new attention to the quality of Spouse's graphic art.
- David L. Greene and Dick Martin. The Oz Scrapbook. New York, Random House, 1977.