- I'm gonna get a crease right through my cowl if you don't get that chopper's butt down here fast!
- -- Moon Knight
Appearing in "The Crushing Conquer-Lord!"
- Crawley (First appearance)
- Gena Landers (First appearance)
- Marlene Fontaine (First appearance)
- Samuels (First appearance)
- Conquer-Lord (First appearance)
- Werewolf (Cameo) (Main story and flashback)
- Abner Skrooney
- Charles Thurston (Mentioned)
- Mayor of New York (name unrevealed)
- New York City
Synopsis for "The Crushing Conquer-Lord!"
In Manhattan, the caped avenger known as Moon Knight spies seven masked men attempting a late night robbery. He swings down from the rooftops and quickly disables all seven of them with several swiftly thrown crescent darts. His work finished, he returns to his helicopter, piloted by his trusted ally, Frenchie. Frenchie informs Moon Knight that the building the masked men were attempting to break into was the campaign headquarters for a mayoral prospect named Charles Thurston.
Elsewhere, a man known as the Conquer-Lord conspires with a crony named Weasel. The Conquer-Lord is responsible for the failed burglary of the campaign headquarters. It is his intention to blame the burglary on the current Mayor, thereby allowing him to push his own chosen lackey into office. Weasel informs the Conquer-Lord that Moon Knight foiled the robbery, and he presents him with a comprehensive dossier containing Moon Knight's true identity, as well as that of his various aliases. Satisfied that Weasel has told him everything he needs to know about Moon Knight, the Conquer-Lord promptly kills him.
That evening, Moon Knight returns home to lavish Spector Mansion and briefly speaks with his lover and Girl Friday, Marlene Fontaine. Marlene reminds him of a society function that he is to attend in the guise of millionaire Steven Grant, but Moon Knight has more pressing concerns to worry about. Rather than adopting the guise of the millionaire, he instead assumes the identity of his undercover alias, taxicab driver Jake Lockley.
As Lockley, he drives to a diner called The Other Place, where he confers with two trusted confidantes: a waitress named Gena, and a homeless man named Crawley. Crawley is a reservoir of useful information, and tells Jake about the Conquer-Lord and his plans to manipulate the election.
Realizing that the current Mayor's life may be in danger, he returns to Long Island and switches into his Moon Knight costume. He arrives at the Mayor's estate along with Marlene, only to find the Conquer-Lord preparing to attack. The two costumed combatants fight one another, and the Conquer-Lord takes Marlene hostage. Before Moon Knight can make another move, the Mayor's butler bursts open a balcony window screaming that the Mayor has been shot.
- First Appearances: Abner Skrooney (Jake Lockley's boss); Conquer-Lord (Mister Quinn, a super-villain); Crawley (Jake Lockley's homeless informant); Gena (a waitress); Jesse (a cab dispatcher); Marlene Fontaine (Steven Grant's lover and assistant); Merkins (Steven Grant's valet); Rankin (the Mayor's butler); Samuels (Steven Grant's butler); Weasel (Conquer-Lord's major domo)
- Final Appearances: Weasel (dies in this issue)
- This issue introduces the character of Bertrand Crawley. Crawley will become a regular supporting cast member of the Moon Knight mythos. He appears next in the second story Hulk! (Volume 1) #13.
- This issue introduces Marlene Alraune as Marlene Fontaine (her married name). Marlene will become a regularly featured character in the various Moon Knight solo books. She appears next in Marvel Spotlight #29.
- Reference is made to the Committee in this issue. The Committee first appeared in Werewolf by Night #10 and caused problems for Jack Russell and Moon Knight in Werewolf by Night #32-33.
- Samuels is named "Samuel" in this issue, indicating that it is his first name. However, in future issues, he is addressed by the surname, Samuels. Samuels appears next in Marvel Spotlight #29.
- This issue is billed as the first Moon Knight solo adventure.
- The tagline for this issue is "Enter the Conquer-Lord".
- The visual representation of Crawley in this issue is drastically different from the way he is shown in future comic books.
Links and References
- Moon Knight article at Wikipedia
- Moon Knight article at Marvel Universe
- Moon Knight article at Don Markstein's Toonopedia
- Ultimate Moon Knight resource
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