Jack Kirby's O.M.A.C.: One Man Army Corps

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In one of his last major works for DC, Kirby envisions a 1984-inspired dystopia starring corporate nobody Buddy Blank, who is changed by a satellite called Brother Eye into the super-powered O.M.A.C. (One Man Army Corps). Enlisted by the Global Peace Agency, who police the world using pacifistic means, O.M.A.C. battles the forces of conformity in this short-lived but legendary series!

Witness the early tales of Jack Kirby's legendary creation O.M.A.C. in this new graphic novel ...

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Overview

In one of his last major works for DC, Kirby envisions a 1984-inspired dystopia starring corporate nobody Buddy Blank, who is changed by a satellite called Brother Eye into the super-powered O.M.A.C. (One Man Army Corps). Enlisted by the Global Peace Agency, who police the world using pacifistic means, O.M.A.C. battles the forces of conformity in this short-lived but legendary series!

Witness the early tales of Jack Kirby's legendary creation O.M.A.C. in this new graphic novel collecting stories from O.M.A.C. #1-8 (1974-1975) plus artwork from WHO'S WHO!

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

In the 1974-75 series collected here, comics master Kirby (cocreator of the Fantastic Four, Captain America, and other heroes) envisions a colorful near future in which armies are outlawed and the Global Peace Agents policing the world hide their identities and use only nonviolent methods. But for jobs requiring force, the Peace Agents call on the mohawk-crested OMAC, who is fed information and superhuman power by the artificially intelligent orbiting satellite Brother Eye. OMAC's origin manages some heart-tugging emotion (not something Kirby is normally known for), as Buddy Blank, harassed office boy at Pseudo-People, Inc., is transformed into OMAC to thwart the company's evil plans, in the process uncovering the tragic secret of his only friend there, Lila. Later issues mix futuristic technologies and concepts with copious action, as OMAC takes on the super-rich Mister Big, mercenary commander Marshal Kafka, and a crime cabal plotting to transplant the brains of the aged into the bodies of young kidnap victims. As with his recently collected Fourth World saga, Kirby was unable to conclude OMAC before leaving DC, so the book's ending is abrupt. But with its unfettered imagination and larger-than-life verve, this is prime Kirby, worthy of any collection.
—Martha Cornog

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Gr 8 Up

Through a powerful satellite known as Brother Eye, the Global Peace Agency transforms mild-mannered Buddy Blank into the muscled, mohawked One Man Army Corps. In an age when large armies are banned and atomic weapons strike terror into the hearts of men, OMAC-with the aid of Brother Eye-can perform superhuman feats of strength and power, allowing him to triumph over criminals. The original eight-issue comic appeared in 1974-5, and the original artwork has been reconstructed for this handsome edition. Several of Kirby's uncolored pencil sketches are included between issues. The themes of unchecked technological advancement, globalization, and, of course, good versus evil will ring true with teens. Fans of Captain America should find this particularly interesting, but it is a good read for any fan of old-school superhero comics.-Beth Gallego, Los Angeles Public Library, North Hollywood

From the Publisher
"Full of more energy and ideas than fifty other comics by anyone else."—Comic Book Resources

"Kirby's wild pencils really bring these out-there concepts to life, punching you in the eyes with incredibly crisp pencils."—Boing Boing

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401217907
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 6/10/2008
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 838,417
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack "King" Kirby's comics career began in 1937 and continued for nearly six decades. With partner Joe Simon, Kirby first made his mark in comics in the 1940s by drawing and/or creating numerous features for DC Comics including Captain America, the Young Allies, the Boy Commandos, Sandman, the Newsboy Legion and Manhunter. As the most valued team in comics, Simon and Kirby went on to create titles and concepts including Fighting American, Boys' Ranch and the creation of the romance comics genre. In 1961, the first issue of Marvel's Fantastic Four cemented Kirby's reputation as comics' preeminent creator, and a slew of famous titles followed that elevated him to legendary status, including Incredible Hulk, Avengers and X-Men. Kirby returned to DC in 1971 with his classic "Fourth World Trilogy," which was followed by THE DEMON, OMAC and KAMANDI. Kirby continued working and innovating in comics until his death in 1994.
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