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The Wrong Side: Hobgoblin vs. Four Foreigner Agents

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The Wrong Side: Hobgoblin vs. Four Foreigner Agents

In this feature, I examine comic book fights that were particularly notable in the wrong side winning (or at least that the fight wasn’t won the “right” way). This really isn’t a big deal, of course, as it doesn’t really matter if the “wrong” person won a fight. But it’s fun to talk about!

If you want to suggest a fight for future inclusion in this feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t suggest a fight in the comments!

This week, based on a suggestion by Andy N., we take a look at a fight so controversial that it was eventually retconned!

I just noticed that Andy N. also suggested this week’s Drawing Crazy Patterns. Funny coincidence!

As always, on the first page we establish power levels and on the second page we look at the fight.

Hobgoblin first showed up in Amazing Spider-Man #238. After fighting Spider-Man a few times, the villain actually INCREASED his powers in Spectacular Spider-Man #85, when he got super-strength…

He was then roughly on par with Spider-Man, strength-wise, which is really, really strong, as we all know by now…

So, how did he do against Spider-Man?

Pretty darn well, although it was clear that Spidey was better than him (but that’s not saying a whole lot, as Spidey is better than everyone). Here they are from Amazing Spider-Man #251…

As Amazing Spider-Man #261 establishes, Spider-Man at his peak can beat up Hobgoblin at HIS peak…

but still, the guy is quite strong. After all, he can take on Spider-Man head-to-head and make a win seem feasible! That, alone, is impressive.

So how was he killed in such an unimpressive manner?

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