Real Name: Eban (surname (presumably) unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Human espionage agent; conventional weapons user
Occupation: Espionage agent
Group Membership: The Mossad
Affiliations: American Anti-Terrorist Task Force (Mr. Brent), Benjamin Abramov, Marlene Alraune, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Jean-Paul "Frenchie" DuChamp, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Moon Knight (Marc Spector), President of the United States (POTUS), Strelgov
Enemies: Third World Army (see comments; Nimrod Strange and his personal bodyguards (Assigi, Jeesala, Sheena, Sonia, Yumi, presumably many others), Master Sniper, Slayers Elite (Jou-Jouka, Kareesh-Bek, Sumaro), others)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Presumably Israel
First Appearance: Moon Knight I#19 (May, 1982)
Powers/Abilities: Eban was an experienced espionage with high standing in the Mossad. He was experienced with firearms and running military operations.
Height: Unrevealed; perhaps 5'11" (I couldn't find any good examples of him standing near anyone of known height)
Weight: Unrevealed,; perhaps 160 lbs. (he is very lean, as other pictures show)
Eyes: Apparently dark brown
Hair: Gray (presumably darker in youth)
(Moon Knight I#19 (fb) - BTS) - Eban was a relatively high-ranking agent of the Mossad, familiar with Benjamin Abramov and Strelgov (see comments).
(Moon Knight I#19 (fb) - BTS) - In the Mossad, Eban learned that emotion had no place in their operations.
(Moon Knight I#19 (fb) - BTS) - Eban worked with Strelgov against Nirmod Strange's Third World Army. While Strelgov and Eban would lead an armed ship to a safe distance from "Island Strange," Strelgov's ally Marc Spector (secretly Moon Knight) and his allies Marlene Alraune and Jean-Paul DuChamp would infiltrate the Third World Army. Strelgov told Eban that Spector had assured him that Marlene and DuChamp were both capable and competent. Eban's branch in the Mossad rand an exhaustive check on Spector (as did Strelgov's men), and they found him to be clean.
(Moon Knight I#19 (fb) - BTS) - Meanwhile, Eban, Strelgov, and at least one other led a group of elite Mossad agents aboard their ship to remain 20 minutes from where they might be spotted by routine patrols. Eban frustratedly wondered if they were waiting for Strelgov's civilian James Bonds -- "one of them a woman, no less!" -- to get themselves killed. Strelgov reminded Eban that Spector had assured him Spector had vouched for the woman, Eban further wondered just who this "Marc Spector" was, anyway; reviewing Spector's mercenary past, he wondered if Spector might actually be an agent for Nimrod Strange. Strelgov reminded Eban that they both had had their people confirm Spector to be clean. When Strelgov further added that Spector was a friend of Benjamin Abramov, Eban -- stating that emotion had no place in an operation of this kind -- hoped the friendship between Abramov and Spector was not too close.
Later, Eban grew impatient, arguing that things were taking too long and they should move on the island now. Strelgov reminded Eban that Spector had said there would be a signal about which there would be no doubt, and that he refused to endanger Spector and his allies' lives by acting prematurely. Eban accepted this, but noted that his opposition was on record, and that more than one man had buried his future under a single decision like Strelgov's.
(Moon Knight I#19 - BTS) - Not long after, DuChamp detonated the bombs he and Spector had implanted on the three of the the four Third World Army planes.
(Moon Knight I#19 (fb) - BTS) - Eban heard these three explosions, but Strelgov either did not or nonetheless advised waiting for the definitive signal.
(Moon Knight I#19 - BTS) - Moon Knight crashed their final plane into the island's weapons' armory. The explosives contained within generated a massive explosion.
(Moon Knight I#19) - Strelgov recognized this as Spector's signal. Noting having heard the earlier explosions, Eban ordered his men to move on Strange's island, full speed ahead.
(Moon Knight I#19 (fb) - BTS) - Though Strange escaped with Marlene after having stunned Moon Knight, the elite Mossad agents arrived soon after and gathered and captured the weaponless terrorists. Spector apparently removed his Moon Knight costume before their arrival.
(Moon Knight I#19 - BTS) - Spector showed Strelgov (and perhaps Eban and the other Mossad leaders) what he had discovered of Strange's specific plans involving an assault on Manhattan after cutting off access to its bridges and tunnels.
(Moon Knight I#20 (fb) - BTS) - Based on his knowledge of Strange's operations, Strelgov was asked by the CIA, FBI, and even the President of the United States (POTUS) to preside over the US anti-terrorism task force meeting. Eban accompanied Strelgov to this meeting.
(Moon Knight I#20 (fb) - BTS) - Spector informed Strelgov he would be sending his "associate" Moon Knight to work with them, and that Strelgov could trust Moon Knight. They agreed that a smaller infiltration of Strange's operation might had the best chance of success, while a larger operation could lead to Strange detonating the tankers before being stopped.
(Moon Knight I#20) - At the anti-terrorist command post in lower Manhattan, Eban and Strelgov listened as Mr. Brent informed him that they had just heard from Arsenal (Nimrod Strange's costumed identity) who had started venting oil from the tankers. Strelgov and Eban then told the assembled group how they had crushed Strange's island base and captured most of his crew; Eban reviewed the Third World Army's long-term goals, and Strelgov shared how those off island had captured the four oil tankers in New York.
(Moon Knight I#20 - BTS) - Ultimately, Moon Knight defeated Arsenal and eliminated his threat to Manhattan.
Comments: Created by Doug Moench, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Steve Mitchell.
It was Strelgov consistently in Moon Knight I#17-18, and Streglov consistently in #19-20. I don't know why it changed, but I'd go with the precedent on this one.
In Moon Knight I#17, Strange's army was consistently referred to as the "Third World Slayers." In #18-20, they were consistently referred to as the "Third World Army." While the general policy is to follow the precedent, it seems to me that since the writer (Doug Moench) was consistent throughout the whole arc, the latter name was a correction of an earlier error...perhaps confusing the names of his "Slayers Elite" and the "Third World Army," or perhaps Third World Army and Third World Slayers are two names for the same group?
Profile by Snood.
Eban should be distinguished from:
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Moon Knight I#19, pg. 8, panel 3 (full);
panel 4 (face)
Moon Knight I#19-20 (May-June, 1982) - Doug Moench (writer), Bill Sienkiewicz (penciler), Steve Mitchell (inker), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Last updated: 03/24/16
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