The first in a series of original graphic novels set in the world of L. Frank Baum's Oz novels. Ellison writes an introduction to the volume, which is quoted on the back cover.
This volume, while the first of Shanower's Oz graphic novels, is officially "First Graphic Novel Five" according to the copyright page. Shanower created four more Oz graphic novels, published by First Comics and then Dark Horse Comics. A collected edition was later published by IDW Press.