Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mash-Up: Charles M. Schultz and OMAC

MASH-UP:
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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