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


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

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



In this episode’s first legend of all Moon Knight legends, I discussed the pervasive legend that Moon Knight had his own television show in Japan in the late 1970s and early 1980s (it was particularly prevalent because Doug Moench, the legendary co-creator and longtime writer of the comic book adventures of Moon Knight, specifically stated that such a spectacle existed in text in an issue of Moon Knight in the early 1980s). I explained that it was just a bit of a misunderstanding and that rather than having his own TV show, Moon Knight was ALMOST having his own TV series, as part of a deal Marvel Comics made with Toei Animation in Japan to make animated adaptations of Marvel Comics Properties.

However, the only one of these adaptations that actually came to fruition was a Tomb of Dracula cartoon. The other planned cartoons did not take place. That said, due to the fact that the deal existed and the plan was to make the cartoon, there was other Moon Knight merchandise in Japan presumably specifically related to the upcoming cartoon.

The main example of this was a Moon Knight Manga that was published in the pages of the long-running Manga magazine, Televi Kun


As you can see from the cover, the comic WAS a licensed comic, presumably under the same overall deal that saw Marvel license its characters for use in the animated projects that ultimately didn’t get place.

It’s likely that these manga adaptations also have something to do with the same thing I mentioned in the first caption, which is that in Japan, a very popular character is a hero known as Moonlight Mask, and so there would presumably be a strong market for a manga about a hero like Moon Knight, whether or not there is a tie-in anime.

A Tumblr user was able to find copies of the Manga in a library and posted a picture of the Manga on his Tumblr.


This same Tumblr also posted what they claim is the basic setup for Japanese Moon Knight Manga (I haven’t read it, of course, so I can’t say if their description is accurate or not):

Name: 冬馬シンゴ (Shingo Tōma)

High school student.

Ninjas. Survivor of the “Silver Wolf” ninja clan inheriting a sacred wolf power.

Fight the evil enemy clan “Black Wolf”.

He is immortal during the moonlit night. Even if a body is cut in two, it does not die.

This magazine is intended for young children, but contains very violent expressions…

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

Many thanks to Leica-Tendo (who has a whole Moon Knight fan blog on Tumblr) for the amazing treasure 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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