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Like Goblin, Like Son: So How Is Harry Osborn Alive Again?

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Like Goblin, Like Son: So How Is Harry Osborn Alive Again?

In Death is Not the End, we spotlight the outlandish explanations for comic book characters (mostly super-villains) surviving seeming certain death.

Reader Joe G. wrote in after reading the feature on how Norman Osborn came back to life and asked if I could spotlight how his son, Harry, also made the return from being dead.

In 1993, Harry Osborn died in “Spectacular Spider-Man” #200 by J.M. DeMatteis and Sal Buscema…

Harry was pretty darn dead. There were even post-death traps sprung in the event of his death, stuff like that. And when his father, Norman Osborn, returned alive Norman sure talked like his son was dead.

In 2007’s “Amazing Spider-Man” #545 (by Joe Quesada and Danny Miki), though, Peter Parker attends a surprise party for…Harry Osborn!?!?

As you might recall from the Death is not the End feature on Norman Osborn, Norman explained HIS absence by stating that he was in Europe the whole time. Now we see that Harry was ALSO in Europe…

It would be roughly a year until they revealed what happened to Harry (and how Norman Osborn could be shown acting like Harry was dead) in “Amazing Spider-Man” #581 (by Dan Slott, Mike McKone and Andy Lanning)…

And that, as they say, is that.

If you have any suggestions for future editions of Death is not the End, e-mail me at brianc@cbr.com

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