365 Reasons to Love Comics #15

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365 Reasons to Love Comics #15

Are you ready… for the Acronym Week Day Two that’s coming!? Because it’s here!

Today’s column is a big one. And there are lots of images. It’s not for the faint of heart. It may wreck your face.


15. OMAC

I was going to do this one yesterday, but I didn’t have enough time to devote to it. I don’t really have the time now, but I’m taking it anyway. OMAC is more important than Joseph Conrad. You heard me.

OMAC (that’s One Man Army Corps) is my favorite Jack Kirby work. Ever. And I say this as someone who adores everything he’s ever done, especially the New Gods. But OMAC is like being punched in the face and loving it. It’s so big and loud and crazy and awesome that it enters into the realm of the sublime.

OMAC is the best acronym in comics. Ever. Ignore those posers that are running around the DCU these days thanks to That Darn Crisis; this guy’s the real deal.

Here’s the story: Boy (Buddy Blank) meets satellite (Brother Eye). Satellite turns boy into world’s greatest fighting machine and gives him the world’s greatest mohawk. Asses get kicked. Crotches get geared. Believe it.

You like mad ideas? OMAC has mad ideas leaking out of its pages. Kirby throws in stuff like pseudo-people, build-a-friends, faceless peace agents, cities to rent and fill with assassins just to kill one guy, giant monsters, little monsters, brain-switching, water-stealing… The list goes on. And the series has the best splash pages of all time.

It only lasted eight issues, but it was great. If we don’t get an Absolute OMAC within my lifetime, it’ll be a damn shame. The book deserves it. And no revival– not Byrne’s or Rucka’s or Jones’s– can possibly live up to the original. No world-gone-mad could ever be envisioned better than Kirby’s!

Even Paul Pope thinks OMAC is awesome. He did an OMAC story in his issue of Solo.

And now for more images. Here are a few pin-ups drawn by your friends at the Royal Academy of Illustration and Design! Click to enlarge. I hope they don’t mind me borrowing their drawings. I simply wish to share them with fellow comics enthusiasts.

Cameron Stewart:

Ramon Perez:

Andy B.:

Scott Hepburn:

Links for today:

OMAC #1! The first full issue! Online! Thanks to Kevin Church. Now you, too, can experience the goodness that is One Man Army Corps. Enjoy!

OMAC: An Illustrated Tribute: Written by Chris Sims.

Chris Sims tells us again why OMAC rocks. Remember the time OMAC fought twelve guys at once? Or when he punched seven people in the face simultaneously? Chris Sims does.

365 Reasons to Love Comics #15