Mark Moonrider was raised on New Genesis alongside his close friends, with whom he would later form the Forever People. When one of the Forever People, Beautiful Dreamer, was kidnapped by Darkseid as part of the war on the New Gods, Mark and the rest of the Forever People went to Earth to rescue her. There, they received aid from Superman, and also from a cosmic being they summoned with their Mother Box, called Infinity Man. After rescuing Beautiful Dreamer, Mark and the rest of the Forever People decided to remain on Earth in order to explore the planet and their own pasts.
Mark Moonrider was created by Jack Kirby.
When he was introduced in the Bronze Age, Mark was a member of the New Gods. However, in the early Modern Age he and the other Forever People were retconned to Earth-born humans, who would have died as infants if not for the intervention of the New Gods, who took the children to New Genesis and raised them there. His human roots were later retconned, and he was re-established as a member of the New Gods. After this retcon, he was also implied to be an example of the next evolutionary step for New Gods.
Major Story Arcs
The Forever People
In their self-titled series, Mark adventured with the Forever People, often fighting Darkseid, who was determined to eliminate the group. During an encounter with Devilance the Pursuer, Mark teleports to the distant planet of Adon along with his friends, in place of Infinity Man. He is trapped on Adon when Infinity Man is apparently destroyed in the battle with Devilance, who is similarly destroyed. On Adon, he helps to found the city of Forevertown, and soon becomes it's first mayor. He also marries a local, Mina, and together they have three children, named Wendy, Merry and Starlight. After a battle with the Dark, his wife and children and all that had happened on Adon are wiped out of existence.
Death of the New Gods
During the Death of the New Gods, Mark is killed by Infinity Man, as are the other members of the Forever People. He is revealed to have been dead for some time prior to the discovery of his body, as were the rest of his teammates.
A version of Mark Moonrider appears in the Amalgam Universe, as a member of the Un-People, a team created by the amalgamation of the Forever People and the Inhumans. This version of the character was called Medusa Moonrider, and she was an amalgamation of Mark and Medusa.
Powers and Abilities
Mark Moonrider is an expert strategist and a born leader. As a New God, he has all the powers inherent to his race. He can sense fluctuation in the Source, as can all New Gods. As well, he possesses a "Megaton Touch," which allows him to project bolts of energy from his hands. He can vary the intensity of these bolts for a variety of effects, from tremendous explosions to gentle shocks. He also has access to a Mother Box and a Super-Cycle, both of which he shares with the other Forever People.
In Other Media
Mark Moonrider made a cameo appearance at the end of the Justice League episode "Twilight Part 2"
Mark Moonrider appears alongside the other Forever People in the Young Justice episode "Disordered". His costume, like those of his companions, was significantly altered from the original appearance. He goes by the simplified name of "Moonrider". He does not speak during the episode, and appears to have relinquished, lost or never held the leadership role on the team. This role is instead apparently held by Vykin.