Omega the Unknown

    (Marvel, 1976-1977)
™ and ©1975 Marvel Entertainment Group

This 1970s series took the old formula of super-hero/boy sidekick and gave it a novel twist. The title character, Omega, was the creation of the Protar, an alien mechanoid race. The Protar had foreseen their own death, and had created Omega as a prototype for a line of artificial humanoids who would survive them. Omega eventually arrives on Earth, hotly pursued by his race’s old enemies. After at least temporarily defeating them, he winds up being drawn to a small boy, James-Michael Starling. The shocked boy knew only that he and Omega shared a sympathetic bond. Little could he know that he was actually the final “model” of the Protar’s artificial humanoids!

This series ended on a tragic note in issue #10 with Omega being shot dead. James-Michael eventually learned his full origin in The Defenders #76 and committed suicide in the following issue.

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#1

  3/1/1976
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1st appearance of James-Michael Starling; 1st appearance of Omega the Unknown (Model X32)Mary Skrenes, Steve GerberJim Mooney

#2

  5/1/1976
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Marvel Value Stamp Series B #85Steve Gerber, Mary SkrenesJim Mooney

#2 Variation A

  5/1/1976
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30 cent coverSteve Gerber, Mary SkrenesJim Mooney

#3

  7/1/1976
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Versus ElectroSteve Gerber, Mary SkrenesJim Mooney

#3 Variation A

  7/1/1976
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30 cent cover; Versus ElectroSteve Gerber, Mary SkrenesJim Mooney

#4

  9/1/1976
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1st Appearance of El GatoSteve Gerber, Mary SkrenesJim Mooney

#5

  11/1/1976
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Versus El GatoSteve Gerber, Mary SkrenesJim Mooney

#6

  1/1/1977
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1st Appearance of The Wrench (Kurt Klemmer)Mary Skrenes, Steve GerberJim Mooney

#7

  3/1/1977
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Man-Brute changes name to BlockbusterScott EdelmanJim Mooney

#8

  5/1/1977
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1st appearance of Foolkiller (Greg Salinger); Versus NitroRoger SternLee Elias

#9

  7/1/1977
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Death of BlockbusterSteve Gerber, Mary SkrenesJim Mooney

#9 Variation A

  7/1/1977
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35 cent cover; Death of BlockbusterSteve Gerber, Mary SkrenesJim Mooney

#10

  10/1/1977
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Death of Omega the Unknown; Final Issue; Storyline continues in Defenders #75Steve Gerber, Mary SkrenesJim Mooney

#10 Variation A

  10/1/1977
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35 cent cover; Death of Omega the Unknown; Final Issue; Storyline continues in Defenders #75Steve Gerber, Mary SkrenesJim Mooney

Book #1

  12/28/2005
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Omega the Unknown Classic; Collects Omega the Unknown, plus Defenders #76-77, 78Steve Gerber, Mary Skrenes, Scott Edelman, Roger Stern, Steven Grant, Mark Gruenwald, Ed HanniganJim Mooney, Pablo Marcos, Mike Esposito, Lee Elias, Herb Trimpe, Al Milgrom, John Romita