Superheroes in The Merry old Land of Oz

“Of all people, you know who I am… who the world needs me to be.
I’m Wonder Woman & there’s a new journey to be started”
~Wonder Woman / Infinite Crisis #1 ~

For as long as I can remember, the Wizard of Oz has been one of my all-time favorite movies. When I was in Illinois, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that someone had decked out a Christmas Tree in Wizard of Oz memorabilia, complete with a wicked witch flying overheard.

I LOVE the Wizard of Oz story line, and most especially the parable it paints for me; That of Dorothy, The Lion, Tin Man, & Scarecrow, and Dorothy’s little dog Toto’s journey to Oz, the answers they seek, and the method of which they find them.

Those of you, who’ve gotten to know me, know about my fascination with Wonder Woman. I love the quote above because it reminds me that sometimes I still fall into that role of being that person “the world needs me to be”, rather than simply being myself. When I do this, much like “The Eagle & the Chicken” story I found recently, I let myself down. I chuckle as I remember “I’ve Gotta Be Meeeeee” from the Wonder Woman stories I’ve written!! Just being myself is SO much better!!

One night, I was out shopping for a few things, including some t-shirts for my husband. As Art in my mind is MY Superhero or Superman to me, anytime I find Superman memorabilia, I get if for him. The first of these was a Superman Lunchbox. He now has quite the Superman wardrobe & accessories collection, the latest addition was a pair of “Clark Kent glasses”. One of his co-workers is quite envious of his collection. When Art wore his “Clark Kent glasses” at work one day, his co-worker begged to know where to get them.

Anyhow, there I was hunting t-shirts for my hubby when I suddenly ran across the funniest Superhero t-shirt, and thought…. This one’s for ME! It’s been on my chair at work in the room where my regular desk is, adding humor to the office. I got to thinking; I need to figure out a way to work this into something… I’m not sure what yet, but was certain it would come at just the right time.

When the Inspiration struck… I knew I was on to something… not all of the pieces were there, but I was on the “yellow brick road” so to speak. Picture if you will Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, or Spiderman on a journey to Oz. How do you picture them getting there? To help you along, I have a little ditty that I came up with for this purpose….

Somewhere over the rainbow
Super-man flies
And I simp-ply must wonder
If Superman ever cries

Somewhere out in the forest,
Lions Roar
And for each lovely lion there’s
A Tiger who longs to soar

Someday I’ll look up in the sky
And wonder why the clouds are far behind me
And sure enough I will see
They’re there ‘cause I – coullllld beeee Meeeee

This was sparked by a burning question that ran through my mind. “If Wonder Woman were Queen of the Forest, Would she “Follow the Yellow Brick Road”?

Without mentioning why, I asked that burning question of just about anyone I could think of… Listed below are some of the answers I received. I LOVED that people actually answered!! Yours may be listed, in which case I thank you ever so kindly for sharing!!

  • Of course not, she’d fly!
  • She’s Wonder Woman, she knows EVERYTHING!
  • She created it, she rules it! That’s the Queen!
  • No, she would rip it up and make a new road.
  • Why is there a yellow brick road in a forest?
  • Why would she need to go to Oz? She doesn’t have any issues… Does she?
  • No, why would she have to… Wonder Woman is Queen of the Jungle.
  • No, Wonder Woman wouldn’t need to go to Oz because she already holds the title of Queen.
  • She wouldn’t follow the yellow brick road, she would make so many new roads and pathways and each would look different, be different with each having a different end result!
  • Wonder Woman would follow every branch of the Yellow Brick Road that Dorothy did not.

If you havwn’t yet answered the floor is open… If you DID answer and your answer isn’t listed above, and I read or heard it, KNOW that I loved it. Anyhow, MY theory didn’t come until I explored a bit, some of this included taking into account the answers I received.

In my mind because of the storyline, I would imagine Wonder Woman, Superman, etc., in whatever mode of travel they preferred to use, following the yellow brick road. I’m CERTAIN Wonder Woman would find something useful in the Merry Old Land of Oz; I also very much like the thought of Wonder Woman building new roads, paths, etc., thus expanding her Kingdom – And I think to myself… 😉

Next, I got to thinking about the strengths of not only the Main Characters in the Wizard of Oz, but those of the Superheroes themselves. There’s something we can learn from them all… at least I THINK there must be, why else would we have them?

What were Dorothy, Toto & crew in search of? What do Superheroes have that the Wizard of Oz characters didn’t? How do you think they came to be superheroes? Would you consider any of the crew headed down the yellow brick road a superhero in some way or another? Why or why not?

In case you were wondering, the t-shirt that sent the internal marbles of my brain spinning bore the following caption: “Superheroes have issues too!” It has little pictures of the various DC/Marvel Comic Superheroes, beneath each one is listed their designated issue.

If there were any doubt left in my mind on the imperfection of Superheroes, it was quickly snuffed out when I did an internet search for a simple listing of each Superhero & their issues that were displayed on the shirt.

It was during that search that I ran across some videos on the “Barely Political” You Tube channel… “Super Therapy”! – I HAD to watch The Wonder Woman episode first, followed by the rest. I gotta tell ya, I absolutely loved them! Some are a little bit out there, but they’re all in good fun. Yes indeedy, Superheroes are not immune to the issues any of us face.

Regardless of what we do in life, we all struggle with something. The answers may lie hidden within us as was the case of the main characters in the Wizard of Oz or, we might need to seek outside help as they did from Oz.

In addition, we all have within us strengths, gifts, and talents & abilities. Much like those of the Superheroes, they are unique, often enhanced when utilized in conjunction another’s.

I have since decided that, the strongest thread we have with the main characters of the Wizard of Oz & those Superheroes… That is, that We all operate best when we use our strengths, gifts, talents & abilities, empowering one another with support and encouragement, while standing strong for what we believe in.

The greatest gift we can give ourselves and each other is to step beyond our fears, calling the “Oz’s of our lives” out on the carpet “from behind the curtain”, look them straight in the eye as we let our voices be heard while respectfully demanding that which we need to soar. Maybe as we do so, some of us will be heard singing….

Whether I’m right, or whether I’m wrong,
Whether I find a place in this world or never belong
I’ve gotta be mee
I’ve gotta be meeeeeeee…

I’ve got a bucket of water standing by, just waiting for that Wicked Ole Witch, perhaps instead of using it, I’ll simply send her soaring, maybe she just needs to be accepted & allowed to be herself too!! Could it be that she may be singing “I’ve gotta be me” right along with us someday?! 🙂

Superheroes in the Merry Old Land of Oz
©Sue Anderson 2012 – All Rights Reserved
~Sue An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter & Love™ ~
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. Ps.18:32