Carson Knowles was a veteran who returned home without applause. His job had been passed on, and his wife left him with their son. He barely got by as a deliveryman and found out his son was killed by phone. After his car was stripped for parts and a mugger accosted him, Knowles snapped and beat the man nearly to death.

Seeking to destroy the city that treated him so badly, Carson Knowles ran as a dark horse candidate for mayor on his father's name and political connections. He also created a second identity as Black Spectre, beating and blackmailing the local precinct boss to support Knowles. In a fight with Moon Knight, his mask slipped, but Moon Knight was unable to convince anyone that Mayoral Candidate Knowles and Black Spectre were one and the same. Eventually, Moon Knight defeated Black Spectre in public and his assistant Marlene Alraune uncovered Knowles corrupt plans for the city in his political office.[1]

He was released from prison years later but was constantly challenged by his co-workers and a corrupt probation officer.[2] He succumbed to the trappings of his former life as the Black Spectre and decided to get his revenge on Moon Knight by killing his victims and carving a crescent shape into their forehead, thus implicating Moon Knight. He stole Stark nanotechnology and infected a group of citizens celebrating the 50-State Initiative. Just as he injected himself with the nanobots that would allow him to control all those affected, Moon Knight knocked him off a building. He appeared to die on impact.[3]

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