14 October 2006

The Many Foes of Spider-Man - the Green Goblin

There is one goblin to rule them all and he is: the Green Goblin.

The first and best-known Green Goblin is the alter ego of industrialist Norman Osborn. A serum that granted Osborn superhuman strength also drove him insane. Osborn wore a green and purple goblin costume and fancied using grenade-like pumpkin bombs and a flying glider.

In a one of Spider-Man's best known stories, the Green Goblin murdered Peter ParkerÂ’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, and was apparently killed in the ensuing battle after his glider malfunctioned. Osborn was believed dead for several years during which time several other characters assumed the Goblin mantle. Norman Osborn was revealed alive in the late 1990's and resumed his role as the Goblin. Recently, he was exposed, arrested, and convicted for his crimes.

After seeing Norman's apparent death, his son Harry, who used drugs to overcome an inferiority complex instilled by his father, became pshycotic and took over the family trade becoming the Green Goblin II.

Harry returned to sanity temporarily, even marrying and taking over his fatherÂ’s company. Eventually, he resumed experimenting with Norman's chemicals and was soon menacing Peter as the Green Goblin once more. The chemicals proved toxic, and after confessing to Spider-Man that Peter would always be his best friend, Harry Osborn died.

Over the years there have been five or six green goblins, depending on how you count them, but the others were basically just gimmicks. The Osborn boys were the real deal.

Villain Profiles:

the Beetle
Black Cat
the Chameleon
Doctor Octopus
the Green Goblin

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