Born in Chicago, Illinois, Marc Spector is an American rabbi's wayward son. As an adult, Marc has been a heavyweight boxer, a U.S. Marine, and a mercenary. He becomes a strong and skilled combatant and befriends the French pilot Jean-Paul DuChamp, whom he calls “Frenchie”. While working for the African mercenary Raoul Bushman in Egypt, the group stumbles upon an archaeological dig whose crew includes Dr. Peter Alraune and his daughter Marlene. The dig had uncovered an ancient temple where artefacts included a statue of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. Intent on looting the dig, Bushman kills Dr. Alraune. In response to Alraune's murder, Marc challenges Bushman to personal combat and is defeated by Bushman and left to die in the sub-zero temperatures of the desert night. The Egyptians who worship the ancient gods find Spector and carry him to their temple. Helpless before the statue of Khonshu, Marc's heart stops. Khonshu appears to him in a vision, offering Marc a second chance at life if he becomes the god's avatar on Earth. Marc awakens with his strength, endurance, and reflexes enhanced depending upon the phases of the moon, wraps himself with the silver shroud that covers Khonshu's statue, and returns to America with Marlene Alraune, Frenchie, and the statue of Khonshu. Deciding to become a crimefighter, Marc creates a silver cloaked costume, based on the silver shroud, and becomes Moon Knight. After his return to the United States, Marc invests the money that he had accumulated as a mercenary and develops a small fortune. To distance himself from his mercenary past, he creates the identity of millionaire entrepreneur Steven Grant, using this identity to purchase a spacious estate. To remain in contact with the street and criminal element, he also creates the identity of taxicab driver Jake Lockley.
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