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Employed by the Conquer-Lord to infiltrate Moon Knight's home in an attempt to keep an eye on him so Conquer-Lord's plan to frame the current mayor and put in place a pawn that worked for him, wouldn't go awry.
After Merkins was found out, he fled to Conquer-Lord's base of operations which led Moon Knight to Conquer-Lord as well. Conquer-Lord, unimpressed, had Merkins immediately murdered.
Merkins appeared in two issues of Marvel Spotlight, #28 and #29. Released in 1976, time has not been kind to the way Merkins was depicted or referred to during these issues. Whether or not Merkins was actually gay was never specifically stated within the issues themselves. Over the course of the issues however, Merkins is referred to, by the hero Moon Knight, as "Tinkerbell", "Pansy", "Twinkle-Toes", and again as a "Pansy" stating that his pilot Frenchie "oughtta be able to smell his perfume all the way up on the roof." The character is drawn in such a way to possibly suggest that he's gay (with stereotypical overtones left behind in the 70's), and his appearance would be the only indication that Moon Knight could have that he was in fact possibly gay, as he had never met or heard of the character before the first time he ran into him while Merkins was spying on him. Meaning the insults that Moon Knight directed towards him and his masculinity were directly influenced by his appearance. The character was definitely a product of the time, as the way he was referred to, in modern times, would likely cause a rightful uproar as it's easily construed as outright homophobia.
First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight (1971) #28
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Marvel Spotlight (1971)
- 'The Crushing Conquer-Lord!'#29
- 'The Deadly Gambit of Conquer-Lord!'
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