Amazing Spider-Man #244-245
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #244, Amazing Spider-Man #245
...a great long and funny scene with Peter formally quitting Grad school and dealing with all the bureaucracy of the Dean's office...
...and a scene with Mary Jane catching up with Harry and Liz.
A tiny panel of Harry discovering that an Oscorp building has been broken into is blown up into a 3/4 page spread for the intro to this issue of the trade, and it looks awful.
Anyway, here's what happens in the trade...
There are more robberies of Oscorp buildings, and chemicals are stolen. Spidey encounters someone using the Hobgoblin's weapons, but we never actually see him.
It turns out the Hobgoblin is still injured.
The chemicals are the ones that gave the Green Goblin his superhuman abilities. Experimenting with the chemicals ends in an explosion that badly injures one of the men, although it's deliberately kept vague as to which one it is.
A period of "three weeks" takes place in this comic while Spider-Man fruitlessly searches for the Hobgoblin while he recovers in a hospital bed.
When the mystery man wakes up, he fights his way out of the hospital and heads to one of the Hobgoblin's hideouts.
He suits up and goes on a rampage.
At the time, Spidey is chasing a lead at the police department, gaining information in a comical scene with Detective Lou Snider regarding a low level crook named Lefty Donovan. He's informed about the Hobgoblin and goes after him. After a brief battle where the Hobgoblin is stronger than expected...
...but Spidey still prevails, the Hobgoblin is unmasked, revealing Donovan.
The goblin's glider suddenly goes out of control - clearly being controlled remotely - and crashes the Hobgoblin into a building, killing him.
The real Hobgoblin listens to the events on the news.
Intrigue! Good stuff.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place after Avengers #235 (due to the salary reference) and before Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #83 (since the apparent death of the Hobgoblin is referenced there).
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Amazing Spider-Man: The Origin of the Hobgoblin TPB
Inbound References (3): showBetty Brant, Black Cat, Blake Tower, Harry Osborn, Hobgoblin (Roderick Kingsley), J. Jonah Jameson, Lefty Donovan, Liz Allan, Lou Snider, Mary Jane Watson, Morris Sloan, Ned Leeds, Spider-Man
FNORD - I have the trade as well. But, my Origin of the Hobgoblin trade has all the scenes you put in. I guess it's a later version. It says second edition.
Posted by: clyde | March 9, 2015 8:29 PM
Another way-too-subtle hint to the Hobgoblin's identity: Donovan's strange thought as he's placing on the Hobgoblin outfit: "Everything is specially tailored to fit."
Posted by: irh13 | May 3, 2015 9:25 PM
I'm not sure many people noticed, but Harry mentions he has a new place on Long Island, and that's where the Hobgoblin's place is. Nice little red herring. Not that there was a chance it was Harry. I don't think he could have been the Hobgoblin without getting his memory back, so Hobby would have known who Spidey really was.
Posted by: Andrew Burke | October 10, 2016 4:20 PM
There's one other Hobgoblin identity hint here: he's rich enough to not only rent a mansion on Long Island, but also to outfit it with all that computer gear.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | May 29, 2018 2:50 PM
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