Moon Knight in Japan

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Moon Knight in Japan

Post by ShadZ » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:32 am

Just learned that there were some original Moon Knight stories produced in Japan in 1979-80. Don't know if they are Earth-616 or not.

For more info, see: https://www.facebook.com/peter.croome/m ... 884&type=3
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Re: Moon Knight in Japan

Post by Russ Chappell » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:23 am

Hmmm...

This one's a little hinky. When I google "gosaka ota moon knight" I get 7 replies. When you go to each of those pages and search for "gosaka" you get nothing.

I'm not seeing how that's associated with Marvel.

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Re: Moon Knight in Japan

Post by vanhornluke » Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:40 pm

I'd like to know more about it, too. Marvel did allow the Spider-Man and Hulk mangas back in the 70s, so it's not crazy to think there could have been a Moon Knight manga, too, but I'd want assurances it's not just an obscure self-published fan fic.

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Re: Moon Knight in Japan

Post by Somebody » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:11 am

Russ Chappell wrote:Hmmm...

This one's a little hinky. When I google "gosaka ota moon knight" I get 7 replies. When you go to each of those pages and search for "gosaka" you get nothing.

I'm not seeing how that's associated with Marvel.
Gosaku Ota ( 桜多吾作 ).

GCD has partial entries for those issues of the magazine, but that's all: https://www.comics.org/series/113180/
Google translation from Japanese wrote: http://spider-man.at.webry.info/200801/article_2.html
"In 1978, Marvel comic, which was aiming for full - scale entry into Japan, has signed a contract with Toei that " Marvel comic characters can be used freely for 3 years" .
Following the "Spider-Man" broadcast on Tokyo Channel 12 (present: TV Tokyo), it was Silver Surfer , 3-D Man and this It is a moon night . "
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In the end, Moon Knight was not turned into a live-action picture, but it was only a series of comic books at the Shogakkan children's magazine "Terreibu-kun" (August 1979 to July 1980. A work, Sakuragu multi-episode.) The image above is 1979 From the December issue).
Apparently, the Japanese title was 月光騎士(ムーンナイト): "Moonlight Knight (Moon Knight)"

Looking around, I'm not finding a tremendous amount of information on it. It exists, it was almost certainly licensed (one of the splash page images going around even has "© 1979 Marvel Comics Group" on it!), the chances of it being MU are infinitesimal, not much else.

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Re: Moon Knight in Japan

Post by vanhornluke » Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:03 pm

Man, I really wish Marvel would publish English translations of these obscure Japanese stories (Moon Knight, Hulk, a few Spider-Man stories that still haven't been translated, X-Men).

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Re: Moon Knight in Japan

Post by vanhornluke » Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:30 pm

Here's a link to some more info about it, including a spreadsheet with dates and cover images: http://cmro.travis-starnes.com/forums/v ... 39#p149639

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