Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bring On the Back-ups: "The Return of OMAC!" by Starlin and Rubinstein

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! One of the most potentially cool-yet-ultimately-disappointing things about the DC ExImplosion was the glimpse of Jim Starlin's revamp of Jack Kirby's OMAC in the back of Kamandi #59 (June 1978). Potentially cool 'cause, hey, it was Jim-freakin'-Starlin (finished and inked by a young Joe Rubinstein) picking up the dangling threads and cliff-hanger ending from OMAC's long-deceased mag. Ultimately disappointing because that one 8 pager was all we got, 'cause that was the final ish of Kamandi. Sigh. It was a pretty amazing back-up feature, though, don'tcha think...?

Starlin did complete four OMAC back-ups that would eventually see the light of day in Warlord a couple years later (in issues 37-40, to be exact). And yep, Ol' Groove'll have 'em for you over the course of the next few Thursdays. Who loves ya, baby?


  1. There are 3 pencillers who teamed with Joe Rubinstein always made comic book magic: Alan Weiss, Mike Nasser/Netzer and Judo Jim Starlin. This latter team provided some of the best memories of the Bronze age for me, producing such classics as Avengers Annual # 7, Marvel Two-In-One Annual # 2, Super-Team Family # 11 and Superboy and the LSH # 239. The powers that be must have felt so too as this wonder team popped up in DC, Marvel, Warren and Valiant. Thanks for this entry. 8 pages of sheer beauty doing OMAC in a way Kirby never could.

    1. Foolish me. Super-Team Family # 11 was Weiss/Rubinstein. Guess my 60 year old memory isn't as great as it used to be.

  2. A Kirby-less Kamandi and OMAC in the same comic..!? C'mon, thats a double dose of disappointment.
    The original run of OMAC by Kirby was stupendous, the greatest US monthly of the 70s.
    Jim Starlin, John Byrne... whoever they got to rework it was never able to pull it off.




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