- Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #238 (March 1983)
- Created By: Roger Stern & John Romita, Jr.
The Hobgoblin has popped up quite often in Marvel Comics since the early 1980s. There are also several people who have taken on the role as well. The initial Hobgoblin was Roderick Kingsley, who worked as a fashion designer in New York City. One day, he is able to gain access into one of Norman Osborn’s secret lairs where his Green Goblin equipment was stored. Kingsley stole a lot of the gear and then perfected Osborn’s inventions and even the Goblin formula. This was able to enhance his abilities and even his intelligence, without making him insane as it did with Norman. Thus, he’s one of the few Spider-Man villains that did not need to be insane to be a criminal.
Hobgoblin decided to go with a Halloween-inspired appearance but kept a lot of the same weapons Green Goblin had. That includes the pumpkin bombs and Goblin Glider itself. Kingsley ended up becoming one of the biggest Spider-Man villains of the 1980s and 1990s. However, several others took on the mantle. Ned Leeds, one of Peter Parker’s co-workers at the Daily Bugle, was willingly brainwashed to serve as a stand-in for Kingsley as Hobgoblin. This was done in case Roderick was ever accused of being the Hobgoblin. Yet he feels this must end, but his life is ended before he can give up Kingsley to the authorities. Naturally, the most notable Hobgoblin beyond these two is Peter Parker’s best friend and Norman Osborn’s son, Harry Osborn.