There must be magic in the air today, folks! I could not be more excited to present the newest member of our comics club, W. O. Wilson's Madge the Magician's Daughter! This strip is such a joy; I've really grown to appreciate Wilson's work over the years and I think Madge may be my favorite. This is another children's fantasy page full of magic and wonder, and deserves to be admired for its beautiful illustration and innovative design as much as the others at the top of that class, namely Little Nemo or the Explorigator. By virtue of the strip's star being a little girl, comparisons are bound to be made to Polly Sleepyhead; these two strips are so full of wondrous imagery, it's a shame they aren't better known to the world at large. I hope the kids of the early 1900's knew how good they had it!
Back to Madge the Magician's Daughter. She is who you would expect her to be from the strip's title, but with the twist that while unbelievably talented with the aid of her father's magic wand, she's still unpracticed and prone to making big mistakes while showing off her skills to friends. We are treated to animal mischief such as giraffes, gorillas and mountain lions running wild in the house, goats and springbok running wild on the grounds, alligators in the fountain and buffalo falling from the sky. Not to mention chance encounters with giant frogs, giant chameleons, and even dinosaurs! Wilson also gives us the supernatural in the form of witches flying on broomsticks, wicked Zebragoat kings, dragons and plenty of mermaids. And did someone mention pirates?
By W.O. Wilson