"Brother Eye and Buddy Blank": This story is reprinted from OMAC #1.
- OMAC lives... so that Man may live...
- — OMAC
Synopsis for "Brother Eye and Buddy Blank"
This story is reprinted from OMAC #1.
Members of the Global Peace Agency select an employee of Pseudo-People, Inc. named Buddy Blank to serve as a candidate for Project OMAC. Scientist Doctor Myron Forest develops a process that interfaces Buddy Blank with the orbiting satellite network known as Brother Eye. Brother Eye has the ability to remotely transmit energy and raw data into Buddy Blank's body, transforming him into the One-Man-Army-Corps known as OMAC.
At Pseudo-People, Inc., Buddy Blank continues with his day to day labors, unaware of the part he now plays as an instrument of the Global Peace Agency. After suffering abuse from his coworkers due to his clumsiness, Buddy is sent to the Psychology Section to get over his frustrations. There he meets Lila, whom he believes is a fellow employee. Buddy becomes enamored with Lila and is grateful to call her his friend. Buddy and Lila part company and two uniformed men intercept Lila and bring her down to Section D. Buddy arrives moments later looking for her, but doesn't yet realize what he has stumbled into.
The men of Section D are creating artificial women and using them to lure citizens into traps. Once a selected individual gets too close to one of their Pseudo-People, the automaton explodes, killing the intended target. Buddy is horrified to discover what the company he works for is actually producing. He is even more stricken when he discovers that his new friend Lila is actually one of Pseudo-People, Inc.'s weapons. He tries to get away, but the men running the operation feel that he's seen too much and push him down into a chair. Buddy suddenly feels himself overcharged with power as Brother Eye transforms him into OMAC for the very first time. The men open fire on OMAC, but this proves to be a fruitless endeavor. They try to flee, but OMAC comes after them. With lightning reflexes, he barrels through them until he gets to the assembly line. He sees a packaging cube containing the factory parts of his artificial friend Lila. Though not entirely sentient, Lila still wants to be OMAC's friend. Viewing these Pseudo-People as a mockery of life, OMAC emits a burst of explosive energy that starts a chain reaction destroying all of Section D.
Appearing in "Brother Eye and Buddy Blank"
- OMAC (Buddy Blank) (First appearance)
- Pseudo-People, Inc. (First appearance)
- Mister Fox (Single appearance)
- Electric City
- Brother Eye
- Build-a-Friend: (female bomb-bots)
- Lila (Destroyed)
- Nancy (Destroyed)
Synopsis for "For This is the New Origin of OMAC!"
This story is reprinted from Cancelled Comic Cavalcade #2.
OMAC enters a computer command center and finds a pre-recorded message waiting for him on a video screen. The message is from Quair Tox of the planet Vision. Quair Tox tells OMAC the true history behind the current wars plaguing Earth. The Visionaries were a race of futurists who predicted that the planet Earth would fall in a calamity known as the Great Disaster. Hoping to prevent such a future from coming to pass, a Visionary named Prof. Z petitioned the Visionary Council of Science to intervene on Earth's behalf. To this end, they disguised themselves as humans and formed the Global Peace Agency - a law enforcement organization responsible for the creation of Brother Eye and Project OMAC. However, they were unable to prevent the first of many incidents that signaled the coming of the Great Disaster. Seven industrial cartels now war against the Global Peace Agency and each other. Quair Tox tells OMAC that the only hope that Earth has is if a single strong leader could be found that could end the hostilities. He charges OMAC with the task of finding this leader. The message concludes, just as soldiers blast down the door. OMAC, now dressed in a new costume, turns towards the soldiers and surrenders.
Appearing in "For This is the New Origin of OMAC!"
- Prof. Z (Flashback only)
- Quair Tox
- Unnamed soldiers (Single appearance)
- The Body Bank (Single appearance) (Flashback only)
- Doctor Skuba (Flashback only)
- Fancy Freddy Sparga (Single appearance) (Flashback only)
- Marshal Kafka (Single appearance) (Flashback only)
- Mister Big (Single appearance) (Flashback only)
- Doctor Canus (Cameo)
Synopsis for "The Decision!"
This story is reprinted from Warlord #38.
Soldiers storm the computer control room and attack OMAC. OMAC defends himself, but insists that he is trying to surrender. The soldiers suddenly stop attacking and OMAC allows them to take him into custody. They bring him to their leader, Wiley Quixoite. Quixote is the president of International Communications and Commerce, one of seven corporate empires vying for control of the world. OMAC tells Wiley that he wants to become a member of his strike team. Quixote is incredulous, but OMAC explains that if he fights in the civil war on IC&C's behalf, then perhaps he can help end the war quickly thus minimizing the loss of life. Quixote knows better than to trust OMAC to remain loyal, but he would be foolish to turn down the offer. Wiley welcomes him to the team and has him ushered to his new quarters. When OMAC is gone, Wiley meets with a Visionary named Mextaxa. The plan to eliminate OMAC once he ceases to be useful to them.
Appearing in "The Decision!"
- Verner Bros. Inc. (Behind the scenes)
Synopsis for "Battle Cry"
This story is reprinted from Warlord #39.
In St. Louis, Missouri, OMAC leads IC&C's air raiders against the opposing mercenary forces of Verner Bros. Inc. The battle begins at sunrise and by midday, the fierce fighting has already claimed the lives of 563 IC&C soldiers and 973 Verner mercs. OMAC presses the advance and his squads forge deeper into the city. By sunrise the following day, Verner Bros. Inc. launches its counterattack. The battle continues all throughout the morning and afternoon. By the time it concludes, IC&C emerges victorious. OMAC is horrified by the mounting casualties and wonders if his decision to lead IC&C's forces was the correct one.
Appearing in "Battle Cry"
Synopsis for "The Once and Future War"
This story is reprinted from DC Comics Presents #61.
OMAC bursts into an Intercorp laboratory and begins fighting the criminal scientists. A group of them manage to activate a time-transmitter sending a robotic assassin known as Murdermek backwards in time. OMAC leaps through the quantum aperture just as the scientists set the self-destruct sequence on the transmitter, stranding OMAC back in the past.
In 20th Century Metropolis, a squad of police officers engage in a fire-fight with a group of criminals holding up a liquor store. The Murdermek robot appears in the middle of the fight and begins looking for his intended target. The thugs shot at the giant robot, but to no avail. Superman suddenly arrives and begins fighting Murdermek. Murdermek blasts Superman through a brownstone with his missile launchers.
Suddenly, OMAC arrives in this time period and begins surveying the area for signs of Murdermek. When police officers see him, they assume that he is in league with Murdermek and try to arrest him. OMAC uses his enhanced strength to hurl the cops away from him. Superman witnesses this incident and makes the same assumption that the officers did. The two briefly fight one another until OMAC explains why he has come backwards in time.
Murdermek meanwhile, leaves the scene and continues on his mission. He goes to Metro Central Station where he attempts to assassinate a civilian named Norman Blank. Norman Blank is the ancestor of OMAC and by murdering him, he will succeed in preventing OMAC from ever being born. Superman smashes through the building and scoops up the perceived target. Murdermek's missiles strike the floor as Superman flies him off to safety. He quickly returns to the station to finish his fight with the robot. OMAC however, discovers that Murdermek has provided the thugs from the liquor store with high-tech armored hover-ships. OMAC incapacitates the flyers while Superman finally succeeds in destroying Murdermek. They then address Murdermek's intended target who reveals that he is not Norman Blank, but rather Arnold Berkowitz. The real Norman Blank is a janitor who works at the station who happened to have been standing behind Berkowitz when Murdermek launched his missiles. Superman simply rescued the wrong man.
Appearing in "The Once and Future War"
- OMAC (Flashback and main story)
- Murdermek (Single appearance)
- Unnamed scientists
- Nick Bravo
- "Brother Eye and Buddy Blank" was originally printed in OMAC (Volume 1) #1.
- "For This is the New Origin of OMAC!" was originally printed in Cancelled Comic Cavalcade #2.
- "The Decision!" was originally printed in Warlord (Volume 1) #38.
- "Battle Cry" was originally printed in Warlord (Volume 1) #39.
- "The Once and Future War!" was originally printed in DC Comics Presents #61.
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