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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 207

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at Jack Kirby’s OMAC!!!


Jack Kirby’s OMAC did not last very long, just eight issues, but they were eight issues filled with some of the most over-the-top, ramshackle action stories that you will ever see.

The series throws you right into the deep end as Buddy Blank gets chosen to be the One-Man Army Corps while working at a company called “Pseudo People, Inc.” Buddy only has one real friend, a co-worker named Lila.

However, before he is turned into OMAC, he learns the secret of the “Pseudo People,” and what role Lila plays in all of it!!

How spooky is the discovery of Lila as a bomb? Brrrrr…spoooooky.

So that’s the basic set-up – Brother Eye sends OMAC on missions and Kirby just cuts loose drawing crazy futuristic action sequences.

Here are two from the fourth issue…

From early in the issue…

and later on…

Pretty freakin’ cool stuff, right?


Yes! Awesome series. Next to his NEW GODS work, this might be my favorite from Kirby.

Probably my favorite Kirby work– though New Gods is technically/objectively better, I probably have a slightly greater subjective love for this one. I have a silly dream of just picking up from #9 one day and doing the “next” eight issues.

Devil Dinosaur is my favorite Kirby work, but I’d say Omac and Kamandi are tied for second. I wish this had lasted even half as long as his run on Kamandi did.

Seeing how awesome the original was just makes it that much more impressive to see how awful DC could make the concept post-Identity Crisis. It really is a testament to Didio’s consistency that he can really turn anything into crap if he put his mind to it.

More proof that even late period Kirby was capable of producing fantastic work. I just wish that Kirby had been more willing to work with a co-author during this phase of his career; just compare the mediocre-to-terrible writing (so inferior to the art and concepts) in OMAC to the solid scripting that Stan Lee delivered in the Lee-Kirby SILVER SURFER GRAPHIC NOVEL.

Michael Harris

July 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm

When did this come out? ‘Cause it reads a lot like it could just as easily be titled “Jack Kirby’s VALIS: The Philip K. Dick Story.”

Of Kirby’s non-Fourth World stuff, I think I liked The Demon slightly better, and it’s a series definitely worth spotlighting.

For me, that’s Kirby’s peak as an artist. I love those thick lines and bare-bones action scenes.

‘Cause it reads a lot like it could just as easily be titled “Jack Kirby’s VALIS: The Philip K. Dick Story.”

It pre-dates the publication of Valis by several years, so maybe Dick was a big Kirby fan. Strangely, Warren Ellis did not cite this connection in Do Anything.

As for raza dissing Kirby’s writing, well… I can see the argument, but I goddamn love Kirby’s dialogue, probably more than Lee’s. “My body is rejecting the bullets!”

“Evacuate this section! Your vagina is haunted!”

Michael Harris

July 28, 2010 at 4:21 am

“It pre-dates the publication of Valis by several years, so maybe Dick was a big Kirby fan”

It can’t quite be that – the pink-information-beam from VALIS was something Dick experienced (subjectively, at least), not just wrote about. It’s as if Kirby was influencing PKD’s life, not just his work. It’s eerie.


So wait, OMAC is just one guy on spy missions here, and post-Crisis, it’s a whole army of people, and it all has to do with Batman?

Boy, is this better!

Are we to assume that the technology Batman created ultimately got incorporated into the OMAC world and series?

I have to think OMAC would’ve lasted longer if his costume had had a better color scheme.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

July 29, 2010 at 6:11 am

Kirby’s dialoguehas a kind of delightfully obtuse, parabalistic quality that adds tot eh mythic feel of his work in a way Lee’s pseudo-Shakespeare doens’t. On the other hand, Kirby couldn’t write Lee-style snappy dialogue or do the human melodrama anywhere nearly as well.

Neither of ‘em are particularly naturalistic dialogue styles, but Lee’s dialogue was miles better for giving the characters the sense of a (soapy) emotional life. When it’s crazy action happening, Kirby’s dialogue adds to the surreal proceedings, but when two characters are supposed to be talking like people, Kirby suffers in comparison to Lee.

@Bill and Raza: I agree with Bill. Kirby without Lee is so much better! As good as their FF run is, The Fourth World and his other batshit crazy ’70s work is better in every way. He really let his art fly, his plots were brilliant, and his dialog, while strange, worked for the characters. Lee’s dialog feels poor because the characters are relatively normal people. Kirby’s own creations are decidedly not.

“no sooner do the images touch, than… BOOOM!”

It must be my sleep deprivation, but I can’t stip laughing!

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