A Year of Cool Comics – Day 253

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the comics posted so far!

Today, in honor of the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, let us look at Roger Stern and the Romitas (Jr and Sr) as they give us the first appearance of the Hobgoblin!!!


The introduction of Hobgoblin was really done well by Roger Stern, who gave the introduction in Amazing Spider-Man #238 the feeling of a classic Silver Age villain. In fact, the whole tale tied in with classic Spider-Man themes such as the notion of "with great power comes great responsibility."


The issue opens with a cute scene with Peter and his Aunt May (and her then boyfriend/friend, Nathan), when some bad guys almost hurt them...

The Romitas (Sr inking J) really nail the anger in Peter's face.

So, as Spider-Man, he hunts these bad guys down, but as you can see, he decides not to pursue the last bad guy...

However, of course, that one bad guy that he let go discovers one of Green Goblin's old hideouts, which of course, eventually, leads to...

Of course, the bad guy doesn't get to celebrate long.

This leads to the big reveal...

This is an extremely effective issue by Roger Stern, John Romita Jr. and John Romita Sr.

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