- I'm not an animal... I'm a man! That's one thing I'll make you understand... even if I have to kill you to do it!
- -- Kamandi
- -- Kamandi
The story of Kamandi actually begins several centuries ago on the planet, Earth of a parallel dimension. A group of peaceful, humanoid aliens arrived on Earth with the foreknowledge of a coming Great Disaster. Hoping to prevent the Disaster from ever taking place, they established a united defense force known as the Global Peace Agency. One of the GPA's scientists, a human named Professor Myron Forest created a powerful satellite computer system called Brother Eye to help oversee over Earth's affairs. He also became provincial in transforming an army stockroom clerk named Buddy Blank into a one-man army corps. Using the name O.M.A.C., Buddy worked in the interests of the Global Peace Agency in fighting Earth's enemies.
For all of OMAC's efforts, the Great Disaster could not be averted. Very little is known as to the true causes of the Disaster, but what scant evidence exists points towards a mysterious energy wall known only as the Vortex. Earthquakes and tidal waves erupted all across the globe and the nations of Earth found themselves at the mercy of nuclear Armageddon. Shortly before the final bastions of humanity were to fall, a scientist named Doctor Michael Grant invented a mutagenic chemical known as Cortexin. Although he would not survive long enough to witness the fruits of his labor, the Cortexin drug would succeed in carving out its own legacy in the wake of global annihilation.
Following the Great Disaster, Buddy Blank found himself cut off from the satellite Brother-Eye. He retired as OMAC and set out to eke a new life for himself as ordinary Buddy Blank in this new post-apocalyptic era.
The ambient radiation left behind by the Great Disaster interacted with the Cortexin levels in many of Dr. Grant's laboratory test animals. Over the course of two generations, the animals began to mutate, and their progeny eventually developed anthropomorphic traits including human intellect and the ability to walk upright. With time, these Animal Men inherited the Earth and became the planet's dominant life form. Humanity was left devoid of all culture and social structure, and slowly began to de-evolve into a lesser species (Whether the Cortexin Effect had anything to do with this process is unknown).
Decades later, the aging Buddy Blank returned to an army compound located in the ruins of New York City named Command-D. By this time period, the tribes of the Tiger-Men under the Great Caesar had erected the Tiger Empire. Their domain covered most of the Eastern seaboard of the United States. Buddy was careful to conceal himself or else risk becoming prey to the Empire's anti-human initiatives. Buddy sired a child who in turn later gave birth to a son named Kamandi. Kamandi's name was derived from the bunker in which he had been born (Command-D).
Buddy Blank raised Kamandi inside the compound, where he had access to a microfilm library, detailing large portions of Earth's history prior to the Great Disaster. Kamandi recognized that human beings were once Earth’s dominant life form, and this knowledge inspired in him a great desire to seek out others like himself.
When Kamandi was sixteen-years-old, two members of the Wolf-Men tribe named Fen and Stek discovered Command-D and raided the compound. Buddy tried to protect his grandson, but was unable to survive the Wolf-Men’s brutal assault. Kamandi was now on his own.
He soon found close allies in the form of a dog-man named Doctor Canus and three human mutants named Ben Boxer, Steve and Renzi. The four traveled across the ruins of New York fighting the Tiger Empire at every given turn. Fleeing from the tyranny of the Great Caesar, Kamandi and the others traveled the continent in their continuing crusade to rescue humanity from the bonds of slavery and extinction.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Karate: Kamandi is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, specializing in the martial arts form of Karate. Although he is proficient in this form of combat, he is not a master.
- Tracking: Kamandi is a skilled tracker.
- Military Protocol: Kamandi has been trained in militaristic combat maneuvers.
Athletic: Kamandi possesses the strength level of a healthy, sixteen-year-old male who engages in intensive regular exercise.
Kamandi routinely carries various survival-related equipment.
Kamandi will utilize any material object within reach as a possible weapon, including broken pieces of wood or lengths of pipe. On occasion, he has been known to use a gun when one becomes available to him.
- This version of Kamandi (Earth-AD), including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the Multiverse in the 1985-86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series and is now considered apocryphal.
- Superman and Lois Lane each had counterparts that existed on Earth-AD prior to the Great Disaster. It is speculated that Buddy Blank shares genetic ancestry with their bloodline, effectively making the Last Boy on Earth a direct descendent of the Last Son of Krypton.
- A parallel counterpart to Kamandi existed on the apocryphal planet known as Earth-One. His name was Jeb Blank.
- In Post-Crisis continuity, the boy who would have become Kamandi is now destined to become a space-faring adventurer named Tommy Tomorrow. Tommy Tomorrow is actually a Golden Age character who first appeared in the pages of Action Comics. A more modern version of Kamandi was introduced as a young boy in the pages of Countdown #31. In Countdown, he is the grandson of Buddy Blank and lives with him in his suburban home.
- 90 Appearances of Kamandi (Earth-AD)
- 134 Images featuring Kamandi (Earth-AD)
- 4 Quotations by or about Kamandi (Earth-AD)
- Character Gallery: Kamandi (Earth-AD)
- Kamandi article at Wikipedia
- Kamandi Home Page
- Kamandi biography page at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Kamandi - The Last Boy on Earth comic series index at the Grand Comics Database
- Kamandi - The Last Boy on Earth comic series index at Dark Mark's Comic Indexing Domain
- Kamandi article at Toonpedia
- Tommy Tomorrow biography page at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Tommy Tomorrow article at Toonpedia
- Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe XII (biography entry)
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