Did Moon Knight have his own manga in the 1970s? – 71Bait

In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, learn how Moon Knight had his own manga in Japan in the 1970s/early 1980s that was never published in the United States!

Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is part eight hundred and thirty-four in which we examine three comic book legends and determine if they are true or false. As usual, there will be three entries, one for each of the three legends. Click here to watch the first part of this episode’s All Moon Knight Legends. Click here for the second part of the legends of this episode.

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There was a Moon Knight manga that was only made in Japan in the late 1970s/early 1980s and was not released in the United States.



In the first legend of all the Moon Knight legends of this episode, I discussed the pervasive legend that Moon Knight had his own TV show in Japan in the late 1970s/early 1980s (it was particularly pervasive because Doug Moench, the legendary co-creator and longtime writer of the comic adventures Moon Knight, specifically SAID such a show existed in a piece of text in an issue of moon knight in the early 1980s). I explained that it was just a minor misunderstanding and that instead of having his own TV show, Moon Knight ALMOST had his own TV series as part of a deal Marvel Comics struck with Toei Animation in Japan to some to make animated adaptations of Marvel Comics Properties.

However, the only one of these adjustments that actually came into play was a Tomb of Dracula Cartoon. The other planned cartoons did not take place. Due to the fact that the deal existed and the plan WAS to do the cartoon, there were other Moon Knight merchandise in Japan that were believed to be specifically associated with the then-upcoming cartoon.

The prime example of this was a Moon Knight manga published in the pages of the long-running manga magazine. Televi Kun

moon knight manga

As you can see from the cover, the comic book WAS a licensed comic, presumably as part of the same overall deal where Marvel licensed its characters for use in the animated projects that ended up not happening.

It’s likely that these manga adaptations also had something to do with the same thing I mentioned in the first legend, which is that in Japan a hero named Moonlight Mask is a very popular character, so it would probably make a strong one market for a manga about a hero like Moon Knight, whether there was an anime or not.

A Tumblr user was able to find copies of the manga at a library and posted a photo of the manga on his Tumblr.

Moon Knight Manga Library

The same tumblr also posted what they call the default attitude for the Japanese moon knight Manga (I haven’t read it of course, so I can’t tell if their description is correct or not):

Name: 冬馬シンゴ(Shingo Toma)

high school student.

ninja Survivor of the ninja clan “Silver Wolf” who inherits a power from the sacred wolf.

Fight the evil enemy “Black Wolf” clan.

He is immortal during the moonlit night. Even if a body is cut in half, it doesn’t die.

This magazine is for young children but contains very violent language…

Boy, Marvel should really see if they can reprint this stuff in English, right? Wouldn’t that be amazing?

Thanks to Leica-Tendo (who has an entire Moon Knight fan blog on Tumblr) for the amazing trove of Moon Knight manga information! Without these images, some people would probably think that this manga doesn’t really exist!


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OK, that’s it for this episode!

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