MOON KNIGHT #37-38 (1984): Series Ends

They really tried to sell Moon Knight. They even did a house ad for the second-to-final issue.

For his last issues, Moon Knight goes to Chicago to take on a gang of Nazi vandals, ends up fighting his (Marc Spector’s) own father, and … Not a great end to this series.

Artist since issue #1, Bill Sienkiewicz left with issue #31, and writer (and character creator) Doug Moench left a few issues later.  By #36 (above), sales of the direct market book were falling fast and without the original creative team the book wasn’t even getting buzz any more.  They threw the X-Men and the Fantastic Four in with issue #35 but nobody cared.  I was still buying the book at the time, but even I, who had ever single appearance of Moon Knight and was a superfan, started to rethink the full dollar expense.

Alan Zelenetz and Bo Hampton finally killed the series off with #38….

Yes, they gave him a happy ending.


Alan Zelenetz is best known as a film producer and as Darren “The Wrestler/Life of Pi” Aronofsky’s Judaic teacher and advisor.  He is NOT best known as a comic book writer, although he did do quite a bit of Conan writing for Marvel.  Bo Hampton, ironically, would follow Sienkiewicz again when he took over after Bill left New Mutants several years later.

This is a terrible ending to a brilliant series.  Very sad.

As for Moon Knight the character, he’d appear in Marvel Team Up #144 before Alan Zelenetz once again  tried to ruin bring back the character in Moon Knight: Fists of Koshnu. Also terrible.

2 thoughts on “MOON KNIGHT #37-38 (1984): Series Ends”

  1. Moon Knight is one of my favorite heroes and it’s just a shame the way Marvel treats this character.

    Were you able to watch the 6 episode series on Disney+?

    • I TOTALLY agree. I loved the short Warren Ellis series and a few others, but overall he never gets the creative team he needs. Very complex character. I saw the show. It was meh, IMO. What did you think of it?


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