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kirby omac 6 coverOh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Sixteen

So—what was that all about, then? I assure you, it’s hardly a rhetorical question—Jack Kirby’s eight-issue run on OMAC is stuffed to the gills (and well beyond) with concepts, themes, often-eerily-prescient prognostication, and deft societal… [more]

sadfOh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed and Reconstructed, Part Fifteen

Sometimes, friends, it seems like OMAC is a comic that can’t win no matter how hard it tries. Fans of Jack Kirby’s original eight-issue run didn’t like how it ended, while readers who weren’t fans… [more]

12512207Oh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Fourteen

After the original OMAC series ended with a literal—if too-goddamn-tidy-for-its-own-good—bang in 1975, all was quiet in “The World That’s Coming!” for a couple of years, but one should never underestimate DC’s ability to milk a… [more]

omac-jack-kirby-scans039Oh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Thirteen

It’s panic time! When last we left “The World That’s Coming!,” OMAC had reverted to the form of his human alter-ego, Buddy Blank, who had no knowledge of where he was or how he got… [more]

Omc_7_96Oh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Eleven

Jack Kirby created many – some would even argue most – of the iconic villains in comic book history.  The list of Kirby rogues is a long and distinguished one, a veritable “Bad Guy Hall… [more]

OMAC6Oh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Ten

I suppose if we were in the business of drawing parallels – which, I’m reliably informed, is something that comic book critics and scholars (whether or not I fit into either category, much less both… [more]

omac_5Oh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Nine

Immortality. It’s the big enchilada, isn’t it? The whole ball of wax. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The one thing that will probably be forever out of our grasp. And… [more]

omac-4Oh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Eight

What a difference an issue makes! If you’ll recall (and I promise it’s true even if you don’t recall), the super-satellite Brother Eye was noticeable only for “his” absence in issue three of Jack Kirby’s… [more]

Omac-v1-3-00Oh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed and Reconstructed, Part Seven

Wow, the cover text sure promises a lot this time around, doesn’t it? “Movies In Which We Live!,” ”Parents Picked By Computer!,” and finally—“A Task Force Of–A Hundred-Thousand Foes!” How, exactly, are you supposed to… [more]

OMAC02Oh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Six

The cover for OMAC #2 lays things bare – “In The Era Of The ‘Super Rich’ – Mister Big Can ‘Rent A City’ For Assassination!”  And while, admittedly, this may have sounded a bit far-fetched… [more]

buildafriendOh, My Aching Cranium! : Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Five

Hey, look! It’s our “girl” from the cover—and apparently she’s got a name and everything! Dear readers, allow me—by way of Jack Kirby, of course—to introduce you to Lila, a manufactured “Build-A-Friend” that comes our… [more]

12975-2665-14550-1-omacOh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Four

“Man, that cover scared the shit out of me when I was a kid!” You have no idea how many times I’ve heard or read various iterations of that same statement made in regards to… [more]

omac buddy blankOh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed And Reconstructed, Part Three

It occurs to me that, before we dive too deeply into the contents of the first issue of OMAC, a brief overview of our title character’s “civilian” identity of Buddy Blank might be in order,… [more]

O.M.A.C. #4 by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer.“The Wholeness That’s Way Too Big”: Imagining the Sublime With Kant, Derrida, and Jack Kirby

Since I earned my master’s degree in art and philosophy, it may be unsurprising that two of the most dog-eared books on my shelf are Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgment and The Truth in Painting… [more]

4Oh, My Aching Cranium!: Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed and Reconstructed, Part Two

15 pages a week — written, penciled, and edited. Think about that for a minute. That’s the number that Jack Kirby’s fairly-lucrative-for-its-time DC contract called for when he created the concept of the One-Man Army… [more]

4484bOh, My Aching Cranium! Jack Kirby’s OMAC Deconstructed and Reconstructed, Part One

If there’s one work by the King of Comics that polarizes his legion of fans, it’s his short-lived 1974 DC series OMAC. Appearing to take place in a future universe all its own (as was… [more]

Aquaman #1 (2011)A Closer Look at DC’s Line-Wide Relaunch: The Rest of the Super-Heroes

In addition to its more obvious “big guns,” DC’s relaunch includes a bunch of other super-hero offerings, including a promising new Aquaman series, new WildStorm-based titles such as Stormwatch, and many more. We’ll examine each here.

fla5438_400x600smInfinite Hangover (or, Jesus Crisis, What a Party!)

All aboard! It’s time for another tear-jerking episode of Tact is for the Weak, the article that puts sugar in the other articles’ gas tanks! Well, two and a half years and seven issues (plus… [more]

250px-1_Year_Later_BulletAbsurdity of the Crossover (or, One Year Later: OY)

Greetings, my brothers and sisters! It’s time for another heaping helping of Tact is for the Weak, the column your girlfriend wishes you could be! A little over twenty years ago, a cosmic event was… [more]

OMAC Project #4 (Sept 2005)Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: The OMAC Project Concludes

The OMAC Project #3 ended with Maxwell Lord surprisingly speaking to a seemingly hypnotized Superman. “Sacrifice,” which that issue noted would continue directly from OMAC #3,

Wonder Woman #219 (Sept 2005)Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: “Sacrifice” Concludes

It’s time to update our look at “Sacrifice,” the storyline that spun out of The OMAC Project. Specifically, it’s time to look at the end of that storyline…

Adventures of Superman #642 (Sept 2005)Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: “Sacrifice”

We’ve looked at the first three issues of The OMAC Project. Now it’s time to look at the shocking storyline those three issues flowed into: “Sacrifice,” running through an entire month’s Superman and Wonder Woman… [more]

OMAC Project #1 (June 2005)Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: The OMAC Project

Having examined DC Countdown, let’s turn our attention to the four mini-series it spawned, beginning with the one that most directly springs from DC Countdown‘s narrative: Greg Rucka’s The OMAC Project.

DC Countdown #1Your Guide to Infinite Crisis: DC Countdown

We’re now in the third month after DC Countdown, and it’s time to review the various top-selling mini-series and other events counting down to Infinite Crisis…