Characters Appearing: Betrand Crawley, Chainsaw, Marlene Alraune, Moon Knight
Marvel Comics Presents #152-154 (Moon Knight)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #152, Marvel Comics Presents #153, Marvel Comics Presents #154 (Moon Knight story only)
Dixon wrote the Punisher issue, so this feels like evidence that this story was written before Dead Man's Hand. Of course for placement purposes it's also possible that Moon Knight just wasn't aware of Chainsaw's reappearance and second seeming death.
Chainsaw led a gang of white supremacists called the Pretorians (which were an offshoot of the Secret Empire). Moon Knight (as Marc Spector) and Marlene Alraune are attending a trial of one of the Pretorians. The trial is attended by other Pretorians, and later Chainsaw and the Pretorians threaten a member of the jury.
Moon Knight is tipped off to that fact by Betrand Crawley. Moon Knight tries to beat up Pretorians to get more information. But they're a little confused about why he would care (after all, his costume is one step away from being KKK robes).
Less from beating up the thugs, and more from detective work from Marlene Alraune, Moon Knight gets intel that leads him back to the jury member, and finds that his son has been taken hostage. He also learns that Chainsaw is still alive. And thanks to more detective work from Alraune, Moon Knight is able to go to Chainsaw's hideout. And nowadays Chainsaw has an adamantium chainsaw.
Thanks to Terry Kavanagh, i'm pretty sure half of Moon Knight's gear is adamantium too, but Moon Knight goes a simpler route in defeating Chainsaw, tricking him into bringing the building down by cutting all the support beams. Moon Knight rescues the boy and sends a message to the juror, who was stuck in the tricky situation of explaining to a jury with at least three people of color why he thought the obvious skinhead wasn't guilty despite overwhelming evidence.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: This can't take place at publication time, since Moon Knight was thought dead after the end of his series. As noted above, Moon Knight talks like Chainsaw's last "death" was after Moon Knight #22-24, before Dead Man's Hand. This story could still go after Dead Man's Hand, but since it has to be pushed back anyway it might as well go before it, and this placement coincidentally puts it after the other Chuck Dixon/J.J. Birch story in Moon Knight #34. (This placement also means that Moon Knight doesn't have all the adamantium yet, which is another serendipity.)
Continuity Insert? Y - inventory story
My Reprint: N/A
I'll be honest, fnord, I never would have made any connection between MK's costume and KKK robes without your site. But it must be pretty blatant as often as you mention it.
Posted by: kveto | April 18, 2018 8:50 AM
I always thought his costume stood out because it wasn't colorful or dark like other super heroes.
Posted by: clyde | April 18, 2018 9:20 AM
I think i've only made a comment about it once before? But it was a common observation/joke at one point, culminating in a Twisted Toyfare scene.
Posted by: fnord12 | April 18, 2018 11:41 AM
Moon Knight #1 (1980) is the only other relevant result in a search for "KKK" or "Klan", but you also mention the unfortunate implications of wearing a "white hood" in Moon Knight v2 #6 and West Coast Avengers #38-39. So it's not like you mention it in every entry he appears in, but it's still more than just one other time.
Posted by: Morgan Wick | April 18, 2018 12:39 PM
Yes, this was an unpublished issue of Moon Knight's own series. If you look at the pacing, there really aren't what you would consider cliffhangers at the end of the first and second chapters, and the splash pages at the beginning of the second and third chapters are sort of generic.
I was a letterhack who wrote in pretty regularly to MCP back in the 1990s (yes, I do cringe when I see some of those letters of mine that they printed) and I vaguely recall asking if this was an inventory issue, and receiving a confirmation from Ashford & Kraiger.
I guess that, with Marvel Super-Heroes having finally dies a merciful death the year before, MCP became the default venue for unloading inventory stories. In all fairness, this one is a notch above most inventory issues, with decent work by Dixon & Birch.
Posted by: Ben Herman | April 18, 2018 1:17 PM
fnord, I guess I was trying to comment more on my own naivete than how often you mention it. But I'm sure this isn't just the second time otherwise I wouldnt have noticed. Wasn't trying to imply you mention it all the time if that's how it felt.
Posted by: kveto | April 18, 2018 4:36 PM
Quick note, fnord: you mention his costume looking Kukluxklanish in MK #1 so its there right from the start:-) In addition to a few other issues. http://www.supermegamonkey.net/chronocomic/entries/moon_knight_1-2.shtml
I was just checking because I was afraid my memory was playing tricks on me. No offense intended, of course.
Posted by: kveto | April 18, 2018 4:48 PM
sorry, missed Morgan's comment. Seems he already answered that question.(and sorry for multiple comments in one thread)
Posted by: kveto | April 18, 2018 4:57 PM
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