Real Name: Omm
Identity/Class: God? of Hyborian Era
Occupation: Object of worship, devourer of sacrifices
Group Membership: Patriarch of the Spider-People
Affiliations: Worshipped by the people of Yezud, who were led by high priest Modar; Tureem (another priest of Yezud);
Enemies: Conan the First, Set, Serpent Men; any people served up as a sacrifice for him
Zath (see comments);
Spider People (spawn);
Aliases: Omm the Unspeakable; Zath (possibly, see comments)
Base of Operations: Yezud, a city in Zamora, in the Hyborian era
First Appearance: (Mentioned) REH's Conan the Adventurer; Conan the Barbarian I#13 (January, 1972)
Powers: Omm, as seen, is an enormous spider, possessing enormous strength, enhanced durability, and the ability to devour a man whole. Whether this is Omm's true form, or just a form it took is unknown. A statue of Omm shows him in a hooded, six-armed semi-humanoid form. Like many gods, it could most likely adopt other forms. In addition, the form of Omm seen may only represent one of its children, or a mortal form it took. Any other abilities it has are unknown. Presumably, his true form was also more intelligent then the giant spider form he took.
History: The origins of Omm are unknown. It is apparently a Spider-God, and was worshipped by the people of Acheron @ 13, 500 bc, and later in Yezud in the Hyborian era (@ 10, 000bc). Omm spawned several other giant spiders during its lifetime, as well as a race of Spider People. Omm and the Spider-People have long been enemies of the Serpent God, Set, and its spawn, the Serpent Men.
(CtB#13)-Desperate to get out of the desert, Conan gained entry into the city of Yezud as a prisoner after threatening to slay their high priest. Conan was offered as a sacrifice to Omm. However, Modar, the high priest, got too close while bragging about Omm's power, and Conan tossed him to Omm as an appetizer. Proving he was perfectly willing to eat anyone thrown in front of him, Omm chowed down on Modar. Omm advanced on Conan, who stabbed him, and then swatted him aside. Conan leapt atop of Omm and stabbed him repeatedly, until Omm made its way back to the hole leading into its cavern, and tumbled back into it. The people of Yezud named Conan as the slayer of their god, but he escaped the city as it collapsed in fire (an ally of Conan had gone into the tunnels beneath the city and removed its support struts).
(Savage Sword of Conan#207-210)-Conan returned to Yezud, which again hosted an immense spider named Zath, and its many offspring. It is unclear whether Zath was Omm himself, or one of his offspring.
(SSoC#197)-In the port of Messantia, Conan encountered Tureem, a priest of Yezud. Tureem used a Spider Amulet to awaken "The Spirit of Omm" within a statue of the Spider God. Conan slew Tureem, and then toppled two immense statues of the gods Dagon and Derketa onto it. Dagon's spear skewered the statue of Omm, putting a halt to its movements.
(Marvel Team-Up I#111)-Spider-Man and a Serpent Man (disguised as Devil Slayer) encountered and battled some of the Spider People in their temple in Japan.
Comments: Spider God mentioned by Robert
Omm created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor Smith.
The Conan sub-universe is not one of my stronger points, but I do have all of the issues. Let me know what I've missed, and I'll be happy to add it, and credit you as well.
I place the Hyborian era @ 16, 000 BC-10, 000 BC, with Conan's period of activity being @ 10,000 BC. For a truly excellent pre-modern era Chronology of the Marvel Universe, check out Robert Wicks' Unofficial Chronology of the Marvel Universe.
There's no evidence either way to prove Omm is male or female. I use the male terminology since it's referred to as a "god", and because it's easier.
Years after Conan#13, L.Sprague deCamp, a noted author of Conan lore, wrote "Conan and the Spider-God." This story told of Conan's first travel to Yezud, which was later adapted in SSoC#207-210. The adaptation was modified to have it be Conan's return to Yezud, having encountered Omm there years before. It was left up to interpretation whether Zath was actually the recovered Omm, or whether it was his offspring. I'd go with offspring, and probably daughter.
I think it's reasonably likely that many, if not all, of the giant spiders we've seen over the more than four decades of Marvel are descendents of Omm (Alternatively, the African god, Anansi, might be responsible for some of these). How many are there? I don't know. I came up with a few off the top of my head, but I'm sure I'm missing boatloads. Let me know who else you can think of (give me a title and an issue), and I'll credit you.
Omm should not be confused with any other giant spiders (see comments)
The Spider People are the spawn of Omm. They have long been at war with the Serpent Men, although their specific past activities are unknown. In the modern era, many of them were based in the Temple of the Spider, in the mountains of Japan. Spider-Man was manipulated into accompanying a Serpent Man (disguised as Devil-Slayer) to the temple to retrieve a snake-headed artifact from them. The Serpent Man convinced Spidey that they could use the artifact to free the Defenders, who had been captured by the Serpent Men. Spidey and "Devil-Slayer" defeated a few of the Spider People, and claimed the artifact from the hands of the statue of Omm.
The Spider People have six arms and
multi-faceted eyes. They likely possess some degree of enhanced
human physical abilities. They carry swords, and can throw sticky
nets of webbing to ensnare their foes.
--Marvel Team-Up I#111 (November, 1981)
Modar was the high priest of
Omm in Yezud. He was proud and arrogant, and Omm thought he
--Conan the Barbarian I#13
was a priest from Yezud. He was allied with Ahmak, who was
involved in a plot to obtain the Dragon of Kao Tsu (a statue).
Tureem possessed a Spider Amulet, with which he
animated a statue of Omm (either just via magic, or by summoning
the spirit of Omm). Right afterwards, Conan threw a dagger
through his throat.
In addition, Tureem had the ability to track a person he had touched. After direct contact, he could locate that person, even to the ends of the Earth.
--Savage Sword of Conan#197 (May, 1992)
Marvel Team-Up I#111 (November, 1981) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Savage Sword of Conan#197 (May, 1992) - Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Ernie Chan (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Savage Sword of Conan#207-210 (March-June, 1993) - Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (pencils), E.R. Cruz (inks), Richard Ashford (editor)
Last updated: 05/06/08
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