Spider-Man Hobgoblin Lives (1997) comic books
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- Paper: White
- Slab: Standard, no notable issues
- Label #3723523025
"Victims" Script by Roger Stern. Pencils by Ron Frenz. Inks by George Perez. Wraparound cover by Ron Frenz and George Perez. The saga that roared through the Amazing Spider-Man title in the 1980's is reopened after Jason Macendale (aka the second Hobgoblin) tells the media that Ned Leeds was the first Hobgoblin many years ago! Only a handful of people including Peter, Mary Jane, and Betty know the truth! But what if they don't know the whole truth? Could Ned have been framed or brainwashed by someone else before he died? To the shock of the web-slinger's long-time fans...the original Hobgoblin resurfaces after having gone to ground years ago! And in no time at all the goblin gets back to doing what he does best: murder, extortion, and mayhem! Wow, history really can repeat itself! Death of Jason Macendale (aka Jack O'Lantern). Cameo appearances by J. Jonah Jameson, Joe Robertson, Dr. Marla Madison, Dr. Jonas Harrow, Roderick Kingsley, Daniel Kingsley, Donald Menken, and George Vandergill. Flashback cameo by Ned Leeds. (Notes: The Hobgoblin first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man 238. Ned Leeds was revealed to be the Hobgoblin in Amazing Spider-Man 289. The inside front cover lists the credits for this issue. The inside back cover provides the sources for all the flashbacks and references in the story. There are not any advertisements inside. This three-part story was reprinted in both 1998 and 2011 in trade paperbacks titled: Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives.) 32 pages. Cover price $2.50.
"Back in Business" Script by Roger Stern. Pencils by Ron Frenz. Inks by Jerome Moore and Scott Hanna. Wraparound cover by Ron Frenz and George Perez. Everything old is new again as the original Hobgoblin returns to his life of crime! But the goblin's first target isn't the Spectacular Spider-Man! It's the Osborn Corporation! The ruthless super-villain is planning a corporate takeover...preferably in a hostile manner! Meanwhile Betty, Flash, Peter, and Mary Jane piece together the clues of Ned's final days in hopes of discovering who framed him! However as Betty and the wall-crawler get closer to the truth, they also get closer to an encounter with the Hobgoblin! The fateful and final showdown happens next issue! Cameo appearances by J. Jonah Jameson, Joe Robertson, Ben Urich, Liz Osborn, Normie Osborn, Roderick Kingsley, Daniel Kingsley, Donald Menken, and George Vandergill. Flashback cameo by Ned Leeds. (Note: There are not any advertisements in this issue.) 32 pages. Cover price $2.50.
"Secrets" Script by Roger Stern. Pencils by Ron Frenz. Inks by Bob McLeod. Wraparound cover by Ron Frenz and George Perez. Shock follows shock as the secret origin of the Hobgoblin is finally revealed! Everything Spidey's loyal readers thought they knew about the Hobgoblin 10 years ago changes in an instant! After the goblin captures Betty, he decides to grant her an exclusive interview! Of course Betty doesn't know that once the interview ends...so will her life! But the unexpected intervention of Daniel Kingsley gives Betty a chance to run! And the Amazing Spider-Man a chance to attack! At long, long last...the wondrous wall-crawler and the sinister Hobgoblin fight to the finish! An uplifting finish for Betty Leeds and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! Cameo appearance by Mary Jane Watson. Flashback cameos by the Kingpin, Rose, Flash Thompson, and Ned Leeds. (Notes: The panel where Spider-Man finally catches the unmasked Hobgoblin pays homage to the classic cover of Amazing Spider-Man 39 (1st series). The Kingsley brothers return in Spectacular Spider-Man 259 & 260. There are not any advertisements inside.) 32 pages. Cover price $2.50.