It’s been awhile CBSI, but welcome back to the City Supreme. I haven’t been posting as much lately, and for that I apologize. I just want to make sure that when I do in fact write an article, it has some substance behind it, and isn’t just my attempt to stay relevant. That being said, I sat down at my desk tonight and looked around my office and felt at peace. I’m currently cranking The Crow movie soundtrack and blasting Slip Slide Melting by the band For Love Not Lisa. As I circle my office I can’t help but smile at what I’ve compiled in my short and thus far insignificant existence. I observe two James O’Barr original sketches of The Crow, a wall of gorgeous comic book covers, seven beautiful original paintings of The Umbrella Academy characters, my favorite short boxes, and a stunning picture of Touchdown Tom Brady.
I went on to open one of my many short boxes and it just so happened to be my mini-series, story, and artist runs box. Secret Wars #1-#12, Wolverine #66-#72, Civil War #1-#7 (Turner variants), Kravens Last Hunt story arc, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #1-#4, etc. Before I continue on to what this article is about, I’ll explain how I got here.
I’ve noticed that right now, Donny Cates is king. The guy is the HOTT writer. So much so that in 20 years I’m fairly certain that when we look back, people will still talk about “Donny Cates Thanos run” or “Donny Cates run on Doctor Strange”, and of course, Venom. No doubt his independent stuff is killer, but for the sake of this article, I’m sticking with Marvel. Anyhow, this got me thinking about all of the iconic writer/artist runs on a character. You’ve got Frank Miller's Batman and Daredevil, Byrne on X-Men, Claremont on X-Men, McFarlane on Spider-Man, and so many more. So I began to ponder about a character that I’ve been a huge advocate for; Moon Knight.
To be clear, there are a few articles in regards to the character of Moon Knight on this site already, and they are excellent articles, so check those out, as they have a vast amount of great information. This is a character that has been optioned for a movie and or TV show for years, and sometime in the not so distant future, he’ll be somewhere on screen. So my suggestion is to buy him up now. His first appearance, Werewolf By Night #32 is pretty much out of the question for the average buyers budget, but there is so much awesome Moon Knight stuff out there. I’m solely focusing on one six issue stretch. In my opinion, Moon Knight doesn’t have any artist or writer attached to him or his history, which perhaps is a good thing. Some may say Bill Sienkiewicz, which is fine, I’m just not a huge fan. I’m also impatiently waiting for Gerard Way to take on the character (a man can dream, cant he?)
Regardless, unless you’re a 90’s fan, you won’t know much at all about Stephen Platt, better known as SPLATT. He left the comic book scene as quickly as he burst onto the pages of Marc Spector: Moon Knight. He did a six issue stretch of Marc Spector, which resurrected the character. Marvel brought him on for the final six issues more so just to end the series. The final six issues ran from October ’93 to March ’94. His first issue, #55 had a print run of about 17,000-21,000 copies, which in the 1990s, was a death sentence. By issue #57, the print run was upwards of 65,000, and mostly due to SPLATT. My thought is, it’s time newer reads start mentioning Moon Knight and Stephen Platt in the same breath. I want to hear more people at cons talking about “SPLATT Moon Knight”, like they do about Cates and McFarlane anything. #55 will run you $30+ for a NM unslabbed copy, and #57 is quite desirable as well, but the other issues can still be found in quarter and dollar boxes…for now. Dealers of course will have them on the wall for $10+ but these books can still be found in the wild for CHEAP. So I challenge all of the newer collectors or speculators to go out and hunt these SPLATT Moon Knights. As far as his significance goes, it really doesn’t get much better. Colors that pop off of the page and muscles and anatomy that perhaps don’t make much sense, these books will only gain smoke when the inevitable Moon Knight film or TV series is announced.
As always, thanks for reading…and there really isn’t much difference between these bright lights and sunspots. They’ll both leave you blind if you stare to long.