Moon Knight (Marc Spector) is a fictional character appearing in comic book published by Marvel Comics. The character exists in the Marvel Universe and was created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin. He first appeared in Werewolf by Night #32 (August 1975).
The character debuted in the title Werewolf by Night #32 (August 1975), written by Doug Moench with art by Don Perlin, as an enemy of the title character in a two part story continuing in issue #33. The character proved popular with readers, and was granted a solo spot in Marvel Spotlight #28-29 (1976), written by Doug Moench with art by Don Perlin.
He then had appearances in Spectacular Spider-Man issues #22 and #23, both written by Bill Mantlo with art by Mike Zeck on #22 and Jim Mooney on #23; Marvel Two-In-One #52, written by Steven Grant with art by Jim Craig; and Defenders #47-50. Moon Knight then gained a backup strip in the Hulk! Magazine in issues #11-15, #17-18, and #20, as well as Marvel Preview #21 (on which he was the cover feature), all written by Doug Moench. Art was done by Gene Colan in #11, Keith Pollard in #12, and Bill Sienkiewicz on the rest. These were reprinted in Moon Knight Special Edition #1-3.
A new ongoing series was then launched, titled Moon Knight, which also had writing by Doug Moench and art by Bill Sienkiewicz. With issue #15, Marvel pulled the series from newsstand distribution, resulting in it being only available through direct market purchase at comic book stores. The series continued until #38, at which point the comic was cancelled. A six-issue miniseries, Moon Knight - Fist Of Khonshu by Alan Zelentz and Chris Warner followed the cancellation to try and establish a new status quo, but it was cancelled after six issues. Afterwards, the character was incorporated into the pages of West Coast Avengers from issue #19-#41 and Annuals #1-3. After an appearance in Punisher Annual #2 in 1989, the character was once more given an ongoing series, this time titled Marc Spector: Moon Knight. At the time, Moon Knight also had a major guest star role in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man, as Amazing Spider-Man #353-358 served as the conclusion to an ongoing storyline in the pages of the character's title, as far as the character's war with the Secret Empire. The series was ultimately cancelled with issue #60 (March 1994); the last six issues of the series were drawn by Stephen Platt, who was hired by Image Comics based on the strength of his work on the series. Two one-shots were published during the run of the title, (Marc Spector: Moon Knight Special Edition #1 and Moon Knight: Divided We Fall) were published, followed in January 1998 and January 1999 by two further four-issue limited series, which resurrected the character as the 1989 series had ended with the character's death.
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