The worlds of North American comic books and Japanese manga are moving closer, with the likes of Deadpool, Batman, and Spider-Man getting appearances in the medium. While Moon Knight hasn't recently appeared in a manga series, it turns out that Marc Spector did in fact have a series of his own decades ago, thanks in part to a partnership between Marvel Comics and Toei. Not only did this manga arrive, but Toei came close to giving Marc his very own television appearance to boot, following in the footsteps of Spider-Man and Dracula.
While the manga has basically been lost to the seas of time, with netizens managing to discover various panels from Toei's take on Marc Spector, the collaboration between the entertainment company and Marvel did see some heroes and villains of the comic company receive projects of their own. The now infamous live-action Japanese Spider-Man series was a bi-product of this partnership, along with the anime special, Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned, which saw the lord of the vampires bouncing around Boston, Massachusetts. While it would take decades for Moon Knight to finally hit the small screen, general fan reception has proved that Marc Spector's first outing is a success.
Do you think a Moon Knight manga released today would work well within the Shonen market? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and the world of Marc Spector.
Comic Tropes Gets The Ball Rolling
From 1979 to 1980, Toei licensed Moon Knight and made a manga version. pic.twitter.com/U8qRYtRHlo— ComicTropes (@CTropes) April 14, 2022
No Sailor Moon Crossover...yet
Was there a Sailor Moon crossover, or were they just wasting everyone's time?— Godzilla is not dead (@seilamano1992) April 14, 2022
Early Ken Ishikawa? 🤔 Never know about it... Interesting— ALberto Doriguzzi B. (@mr_kaizen) April 14, 2022
A friend just told me about this, i still can't believe it! Just Awesome!— Penta comics press (@adrianforni1) April 14, 2022
Spider-Man's Manga Was Out There
I want to read it, especially since the manga version of spider man got so weird— trap commissions open (@QueenThetrash) April 14, 2022
Marc Would Fit Right In
Actually Moon Knight is weird enough to be a Japanese superhero Like Skull man or Golden Bat.— I'm not gonna say "whip" when I use the whip. (@Saturday_robots) April 14, 2022
It's Out There Somewhere
still find it crazy how the moon knight manga/pre-production work on the cancelled japanese tv series is still out in the world somewhere pic.twitter.com/xj2R7yLn0t— regan ☥ (@FlSTOFKHONSHU) March 23, 2022