O.M.A.C.! It stands for (if you follow the Kirby definition, and why would you follow any other?) One Man Army Corps. But in a future without national boundaries, that solo fighting guy with the big-ass mohawk might be known as different acronyms. For example, in Italy, let's call him UUAB! (Pronounced oo-abb.) Un Uomo Armato Battaglione! Mmmm, I think I had one of those after my spaghetti and meatballs down at Aunt Suzie's Italian restaurant last week. Oh, let's just continue to call him O.M.A.C. for copyright sake. Signor O.M.A.C.
Panels from Classici DC: OMAC trade paperback (Planeta DeAgostini, 2007), Italian translation by Margherita Galetti, Italian lettering by Silvia Romano; originally printed as OMAC #1 (September-October 1974), script and pencils by Jack Kirby, inks and letters by Mike Royer, colors by Jerry Serpe
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Now that's a passionate, romantic version of OMAC! Be sure to join us here next time for "Here, have some Mister Miracle. In Norwegian."
Uh oh! Luke Skywalker has flown directly into the Northeast/New England area! Brrrrrrr!
Panels from the "Iceworld" storyline in the Star Wars comic strip (October 4-November 14, 1982), reprinted in Classic Star Wars #12 (September 1993), script by Archie Goodwin, pencils and inks by Al Williamson, colors by Ray Murtaugh
What is it about Luke Skywalker nearly dying every time he sets foot on an ice planet? Oh, wait, yeah. He came from a desert planet. I forgot. At home, he's probably always bugging Mara Jade about who turned down the thermostat. "Geez, Luke, just put on a sweater!"
Anyway, Luke and Threepio have some thrilling space adventures and then get rescued.
Panels from the "Iceworld" storyline in the Star Wars comic strip (October 4-November 14, 1982), reprinted in Classic Star Wars #13 (October 1993), script by Archie Goodwin, pencils and inks by Al Williamson, colors by Steve Buccellato
The super-secret twist ending: this is the origin of the Rebel Base on Hoth, as seen in The Empire Strikes Back. Or, as Luke was heard to sing:
Oh my God, I was wrong
It was Hoth all along
You've finally made a wampa
(Yes, we've finally made a wampa)
Yes, you've finally made a wampa out of me!
Check out Luke Brown's fine article over at Comics Alliance on the upcoming Funko assortment of Avengers: Age of Ultron toys. Luke, as befits the Force-sense of his Star Wars namesake, cannily points out the complete absence of a Funko figure portraying Marvel Cinematic Universe Avengers founding memberBlack Widow in the set.
Um, hello, Funko? Who doesn't want a super-deformed big-eyed Scarlett Johansson sitting on their desk? As proof of concept, here's Skottie Young's take on the idea of Mini-Natasha. CUTE!
Variant cover of Black Widow (2014 series) #1 (March 2014), art by Skottie Young
(Fairness in disclosure: Yes, Funko did issue a Natasha figure to coincide with last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Sundance Kid movie, but that's long since vanished from the shelves. I know the character is going to be inAvengers 2...why omit her this time?)
Anyway, my point...and I do have one: I'm reminded of my recent visit to The Disney Store, which, among the Mickeys and Elsas and Lightning McQueens and Pocahonti, carries a small variety of Marvel superhero clothing and toys, especially those directly connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You know, like the movie that starred these guys?:
That's one of several dozen figurine playsets the Disney Store sells, ranging from their classic movies to modern Pixar films. Please note there are exactly five figures in this set, and one of 'em ain't Black Widow. Really, guys? I know it's "traditionally" boys who buy action figure sets, but A) do you think they're going to avoid a set like this because it has one woman in it, and B) this is the ferschluggin' Disney Store. With all those members of the Princess Pantheon, young girls are your target market. Is it maybe because you can only fit five figures in the case? Hmmmmm?
Nope. Not only does the Incredibles figure set fit its the entire team in the same size box, plus the baby, and Frozone, not to mention the villainous Syndrome. Admittedly, I did not weigh these two sets, and maybe Hulk weighs too much for them to have profitably added a sixth figure to the Avengers set. But seriously, Disney Store? Do you want to make the point that action women aren't collectible or fun to play with? What's next, a Star Wars set minus Princess Leia?
I know, I know, the first rule of business: "never assume ill-intent when profitability is probably the real reason." But like Funko, for Disney to omit featuring a truly kick-ass hero like Black Widow is dangerously setting a trend for toys and collectibles.
I'm reminded of this politically incorrect but still funny cartoon by B. Kliban.
from Marvel Atlas #1 (January 2008), art by Klaus Janson
Yes, Madripoor! The island nation so full of vice they named it twice! (Truth in disclosure: they did not name it twice.) In the Marvel Universe you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy, except perhaps for that T.G.I. Friday's in downtown Doomstadt, Latveria. Madripoor, home of the world's weirdest hot air balloons!:
from Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Wolverine one-shot (December 2004)