H.M. Woggle-Bug, T.E.
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In the school room of Professor Knowitt All, a woggle-bug lived in the corner and listened intently to the lessons, becoming, as he would later claim, "thoroughly educated." When the professor discovered him, he placed him on a projector screen. The Woggle-Bug stepped down from the screen and terrified the class. He then saved the life of a tailor who custom made a suit that could accommodate his width in gratitude. He then roamed about the countryside as a peripatetic intellectual calling himself "H.M. Woggle-Bug, T.E.," the "H.M." standing for "highly magnified."
He eventually encountered the Scarecrow and his companions after they were fleeing from the Emerald City, newly conquered by General Jinjur's army of Revolt. He decided to accompany them and provide them with advice.
When the group returned to the Emerald City armed with subjects of the Queen of the Field Mice, they were trapped in the throne room when the terrified girls locked the doors behind them in fear of the mice. H.M. Woggle-Bug, T.E. was instrumental in the creation of the flying machine, the Gump, that helped them to escape, but his vanity caught the better of his intelligence when they landed in a nest of Jackdaws and he used one of Dr. Nikidik's Famous Wishing Pills on new clothing. He was the only one of the group who could use the pills without becoming sick, and proved useless in that situation.
Nevertheless, once Ozma was placed on the throne of Oz, he became her tutor. Her education completed, he dubbed himself a professor and founded The Royal College of Art and Athletic Perfection, in the southwest of the Munchkin country located nearby to the Emerald City. There, he developed pills that would allow the students to avoid lessons altogether and concentrate on their extracurricular activities whose merits could be seen by the general public.
He also developed square-meal pills, but even Ozma was repulsed at the idea of taking pills instead of eating, he still keeps a supply on hand for adventurers to consume in emergency situations.
He also was the cartographer of the standard map of Oz, but he confused west and east and then reversed the compass rose. This created confusion for historians after someone noticed the reversed compass rose and "corrected" it.
He also developed The Royal Book of Oz, a genealogy of Ozite celebrities.
The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)
Ozma of Oz (1907)
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1908)
The Road to Oz (1909)
The Emerald City of Oz (1910)
The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913)
The Scarecrow of Oz (1915)
The Lost Princess in Oz (1917)
The Tin Woodman of Oz (1918)
The Magic of Oz (1919)
Glinda of Oz (1920)
The Royal Book of Oz (1921)
The Cowardly Lion of Oz (1923)
Grampa in Oz (1924)
The Lost King of Oz (1925)
The Wonder City of Oz (1940)
The Scalawagons of Oz (1941)
Lucky Bucky in Oz (1942)
The Magical Mimics in Oz (1946)
The Shaggy Man of Oz (1948)
The Hidden Valley of Oz (1951)
L. Frank Baum intended H.M. Woggle-Bug, T.E. to be a breakout character, making him the title character and leading role in a flop musical adaptation of _The Marvelous Land of Oz_. In The _Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz_ comic strip, the Woggle-Bug had an answer to every question at the end of the story, which would not be answered until a subsequent strip. He and Paul Tietjens wrote a popular song, "What Did the Woggle-Bug Say?" and at least two unauthorized knock-offs appeared in response, a print advertisement for Hamm's beer and "The Woggle-Bug Game of Conundrums" from Parker Brothers. The Woggle-Bug did not prove to be such a popular character, and mostly embodied a caricature of pedantry in his subsequent appearances.
First Appearance: Marvel Treasury of Oz (1975) #1
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Adventures in Oz (2006)
HC Dorothy & The Wizard in Oz (2011)
- 'Adventures in Oz'HC vol. 01
- 'Adventures in Oz, Volume 1'TPB
- 'Adventures in Oz'
Marvel Treasury of Oz (1975)
#1 Oz (1994)
- 'The Land of Oz'#2
- 'Ozma of Oz'
#3#4#5#6#7 Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz (2009)
- 'Monkey in the Middle'#9
- 'Clash of Titans'#10
- 'The Perils of Peter'#12
- 'All Things Wicked'#13
- 'What On Earth?'#14
- 'Battle Royale'#15
The Enchanted Apples of Oz (1986)
OGN SC The Ice King of Oz (1987)
- 'The Enchanted Apples of Oz'
The Marvelous Land of Oz (2010)
The Marvelous Land of Oz Sketchbook (2009)
The Oz-Wonderland War (1986)
#1 The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles (2005)
- 'Gillikins' Highland/Slay It with Flowers!'#2
- 'Deliver Oz From Evil!/Roquat's Dread Glare!'
Wogglebug: A Dark Oz Special (1998)
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