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 Volume 2…
MOON KNIGHT VOLUME 2: HOW TO TURN A CHARACTER FROM COOL TO CORNY IN JUST SIX ISSUES
Gone is any subtlety or room for doubt. In this origin retcon from Moon Knight Volume 2, #1, Spector is clearly dead and Koshnu is clearly not just a voice in the character’s head….Moon Knight has moon-super-powers!
And now his costume isn’t just all white, it’s got gold flourish. It’s the Donald Trump version of Moon Knight.
Even a great Bill S. cover here and there can’t save the second volume of Moon Knight, subtitled, “Fists of Koshnu.” It’s just bad. Bad bad bad.
Next: Moon Knight joins the Avengers, and it’s not as bad as it sounds.
But it is bad.