Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mash-Up: Charles M. Schultz and OMAC

Charles M. Schultz and O.M.A.C.

(I would like to acknowledge and thank Paul Montgomery from iFanboy for the idea of the Charles M. Schultz and Kamandi Mash-Up.)

O.M.A.C. (One Man Army Corps) was another one of those short-lived Jack Kirby creations that I just thought was so cool when I first discovered the comic.  A bullied office drone, Buddy Blank, receives a command from an orbiting satellite, Brother Eye, and becomes a One Man Army Corps.  The first issue involved a crazy, corporate world; a United Nations type organization, the Global Peace Agency, the agents of which disguised themselves so you would not be able to tell their nationality; and assassin escorts which were exploding robots.  The first issue was so great to my fevered imagination, that the following issues just didn't quite live up to that one.  But, I still enjoyed the heck out of that series.

And, they retconned OMAC to be Kamandi's grandpa.  So, he sorta fit in this Mash-Up.

I also liked John Byrne's four issue, black-and-white, prestige format OMAC series from the early 1990's.  But, I never really got too much into the new OMAC Series, or the one before that in which there were a lot blue robots/cyborgs with metal mohawks.  I think Batman created Brother Eye or something like that... Just before they rebooted all their continuity.  It was so far removed from Kirby's creation that I didn't connect to it in the same way I did with the original.  I've often toyed with the idea of doing a submission of OMAC to DC Comics.  Maybe, someday...  :-)

Here's the Pen and Ink drawing, cleaned up in Photoshop.

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This was done with pen and ink on coated laser printer paper and colored in Photoshop.


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