Characters Appearing: Amanda Robertson, Arranger, Aunt May, Aunt Watson, Bambi, Betty Brant, Candy, Flash Thompson, Glory Grant, Harry Osborn, J. Jonah Jameson, Jason Macendale, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Joy Mercado, Lance Bannon, Liz Allan, Mamie Muggins, Martha Robertson, Mary Jane Watson, Randi, Randy Robertson, Spider-Man, Tombstone
Web of Spider-Man #38
Issue(s): Web of Spider-Man #38
This issue has the Hobgoblin attacking the Kingpin's building because he's been blacklisted as an assassin.
The Arranger tells him that he might remedy the situation if he can kill Spider-Man.
He's then shown the door, or window, by the Kingpin's newest hire, Tombstone.
Hobgoblin manages to summon his glider, and survives the fall.
Despite that treatment, the Hobgoblin still decides to go kill Spider-Man, saying that he'll come back and kill the Arranger later.
Meanwhile, party at Peter and MJ's place.
Peter eventually gets a call from Harry, who is stuck in traffic due to the Hobgoblin causing trouble trying to get Spider-Man's attention. I guess Harry's got a car phone? Pretty rare for 1988, right?
Peter gets Mary Jane to make excuses for him, which she does unhappily, and then he ducks out of the party. He's been hitting MJ's punch pretty hard though, so he's a little drunk.
And that of course is a problem during the fight.
Luckily, Hobgoblin's glider malfunctions, ending the fight early. When Peter gets back he demands to know who's been spiking the punch, and it turns out to be his landlord Mrs. Muggins' husband.
Well you have to admit you never saw Spider-Man fighting while drunk before. A good fill-in issue.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: Should probably take place after we learn that Tombstone is working for the Kingpin in Spectacular Spider-Man #137, but i suppose it's not a requirement. More importantly, since the party takes place in Peter's old apartment and Spidey is wearing his black costume, this has to take place before Amazing Spider-Man #298-300.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Just to clarify- this is Fabian's first work on a regular Marvel Universe title. He'd been doing Psi-Force before this.
Posted by: Michael | May 26, 2014 11:28 PM
Spuds McKenzie cameo.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | May 31, 2014 4:33 PM
Yep, Hobgob looked like a total loser but then he was Jack O, who turned out to be a total loser. Shame as I really liked both characters at one point.
Posted by: JSfan | June 3, 2014 6:31 PM
To add insult to injury to Hobby, this is the story that was chosen to represent him in the Spider-Man's Greatest Foes TBP!
Posted by: Michael Cheyne | March 25, 2016 10:39 AM
I don't think this issue did much for establishing the MacGoblin as a threat.
Beaten by a drunk spidey and sailing off into the sunset on an out of control glider wile e coyote style.
Posted by: kveto | December 27, 2016 12:09 PM
PS is this Mr Muggin's first appearance?
Posted by: kveto | December 27, 2016 12:11 PM
Fairly certain it's Mr. Muggin's only appearance.
Posted by: fnord12 | January 13, 2017 8:45 AM
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