A Kidnapped Santa Claus
A Kidnapped Santa Claus (HarperCollins/It Books)
By L. Frank Baum & Alex Robinson
Who would have thought that 90 years after his death, L. Frank Baum would be on his way to becoming a comic book superstar? First we’ve got Marvel‘s fantastic adaptations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Marvelous Land of Oz, and now Box Office Poison creator Alex Robinson is giving us his own version of a lesser-known Baum tale. A Kidnapped Santa Claus (which is actually a semi-sequel to the more well-known Baum novel The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus) features old Santa being tormented by a group of Daemons upset that he makes children so happy. Happy children, you see, are less likely to stumble into their caves of selfishness, hatred, and envy. So the Daemons begin plotting to take Santa away and end the childrens’ Christmas joy. People unfamiliar with Baum‘s version of Santa will be surprised to see him aided not by elves, but by Knooks, Ryls, Fairies and Pixies, all equally dedicated to Santa’s cause. Although Robinson doesn’t really change the original story, he adds to it considerably, fleshing out minor characters, adding a few, and even developing subplots that didn’t exist in the original short story. His art style is perfect for this tale as well, giving us a wonderfully-illustrated and wonderfully-told story that will be perfect to share with kids this year.