Has there ever been a better named super-hero than Omega the Unknown?
Clearly not. Because he's certainly unknown to me.
This is odd - because a perusal of the Grand Comics Database tells me I may once have owned, not just one, but two issues of his mag.
Despite this, I have no recall at all of anything that happened in either of them.
While perhaps it's no surprise that the villain known as, "The Wrench," has somehow slipped from my consciousness with the passage of time, it seems that even issue #3's inclusion of Electro himself was not enough to make the title leave an impression on me.
Who was Omega?
Where was he from?
How did he get his powers?
Was he, as his name suggests, the living end?
Reader, I must confess I don't know.
This amnesia is odd, as the strip was co-written by Steve Gerber and drawn by Jim "The Eyes" Mooney, two creators for whom I've always had the highest levels of affection. In fact, after Jim Starlin, Steve Gerber was probably my favourite 1970s writer.
It seems the strip was co-written with Mary Skrenes, a writer I must confess to knowing even less about than I know about Omega. But I gather from the internet that there was something of an Original Captain Marvel vibe to the strip, with Omega's alter-ego being a schoolboy.
Also, it seems Omega himself never spoke and may have been no stranger to forgetting things himself.
Sadly, Omega only lasted for ten issues, suggesting he was one of those 1970s' Marvel try-outs, like Skull the Slayer, who never took flight.
But, if it was co-written by Steve Gerber, surely it must have had something going for it?
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