The One Man Army Corps

It’s now Day 21, three full weeks of Howard Simp­son’s month-long Jack Kir­by Trib­ute! You can find peo­ple’s Kir­by Trib­utes on your favorite social media plat­forms by the hash­tag #Kir­b­yArt­Trib­ut­es.

Today’s prompt: “Draw a char­ac­ter or scene from Jack Kir­by’s OMAC series.” I went with Omac him­self, the One Man Army Corps.

Of all the post-Fourth World titles Kir­by cre­at­ed for DC, OMAC unfor­tu­nate­ly was the short­est-lived. It last­ed for only eight issues, and the last issue came to a very abrupt forced end­ing that was jolt­ing and high­ly unsat­is­fy­ing for readers.

The length of the book’s run should not be tak­en as any kind of indi­ca­tion of the book’s qual­i­ty. This title was where Jack put out some of his wildest sci fi con­jec­tures about what The World That’s Com­ing might be like. In the first issue, he had a room where a cor­po­ra­tion encour­aged employ­ees to go in and destroy things, get all their aggres­sions out. This was well before such things came about in real life!

Maybe some of the ideas were just a bit too out there for some read­ers? The rest of us were cap­ti­vat­ed, and wished Jack had been allowed to continue.

Hope you like, and feel free to tune in again tomorrow!

2 thoughts on “The One Man Army Corps

  1. joe musich

    OMAC: I remem­ber it well not because I bought it, but because it was sort of a break­ing point for me. With a new child and being a teacher, mon­ey was tight enough that if the income was a drum skin and some­one dropped a dime on it, it would be in orbit. All I need­ed was anoth­er book title to start spend­ing mon­ey to aquire. There were car­rots and milk to buy.
    Hav­ing said that and hav­ing just read Jack­’s own intro­duc­tion to the short lived series, I have regrets not buy­ing the books. I would not be suprised once I get the trade col­lec­tion that I might push this char­ac­ter and series to the top of Jack­’s late era stuff at DC. And of course hav­ing stu­dents with mohawk hair­dos in the 70’s also will have an affect as to my com­ing deci­sion. Looks like some pre­dic­tive mate­r­i­al out of Jack. You cap­ture OMAC’s inten­si­ty nice­ly. Thanks for your dai­ly efforts.

    1. Mark Post author

      Glad you liked it.
      For those who don’t know, this book appar­ent­ly also had a tie-in with Kaman­di. It was nev­er stat­ed explic­it­ly in the com­ic, but my under­stand­ing is that Jack had it in mind that Kamandi’s grand­fa­ther who raised him in the Com­mand D bunker was none oth­er than Bud­dy Blank (who was trans­formed into Omac in OMAC #1).


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