Mark Ginocchio has written a very detailed behind the scenes look at the Hobgoblin at CBR. In the first of a two-part story Ginocchio goes into detail on the whos, whats, whys, whens and hows regarding all things Hobby & Roddy and how the plans for the character changed between Roger Stern, Tom DeFalco & Ron Frenz, Jim “Priest” Owsley and Peter David.
It gives a nice look into the background and development of one of Spider-Man’s most celebrated villains. Here’s a tidbit going into Peter David’s end of the story:
“There was a Lot of chaos and confusion, and I just wanted to get past that as quickly as I could,” (ASM Editor Jim) Salicrup recalled. “I probably didn’t handle (the Hobgoblin reveal) the best possible way.”
David pitched the idea that was eventually used for the issue to his new editor: In ASM #289, published in June 1987, the Kingpin would tell Spider-Man that Ned was the Hobgoblin, and that he was killed by the Foreigner’s men in Germany while he was on assignment for the Daily Bugle. When Peter walked in and found Ned dead in “Spider-Man vs. Wolverine,” he was witnessing the aftermath of the Hobgoblin’s murder. Meanwhile, Macendale ditched the Jack O’Lantern persona and co-opted the identity of his rival and started gliding around New York City as the new Hobgoblin.
“I was satisfied with what I wrote, because I was thrust into a situation that I absolutely could not win. It’s the most insane project I’ve ever been involved with,” David said. “It was a story that I did because there was absolutely no other way to do it. “
Ginocchio offers a lot to soak up, good and bad, for Spidey fans – and especially Hobgoblin fans. Part Two will be up within the week. And while you’re absorbing all this Friday Hobgoblin goodness, be sure to check out our very own J.R. Fettinger’s five-part study of the Hobgoblin, ‘Squandered Legacy – The Rise & Fall of the Hobgoblin.’