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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked - So Who Was the Hobgoblin Anyways?

First, he shows how it couldn't be Ned...

And in #3, he has the Hobgoblin explain how he used Ned and how all the evidence was faked...

So that was how Ned Leeds as the Hobgoblin was abandoned and forsaken.

By the way, in #3, we finally learn that the Hobgoblin was really a minor supporting character from back in the 1980s, Roderick Kingsley...

Kingsley had a brother who would impersonate him and/or the Hobgoblin as the need arose, but since Stern left the book before he could further establish that, all we got were hints, like Kingsley saying...

Since Daniel had not yet been introduced, incoming writer Tom DeFalco felt it was a bit of a cheat to use a not-yet-shown twin to explain how Kingsley was present at the same time as the Hobgoblin, so he went another direction. I believe he intended for the Kingpin's son, Richard Fisk, to be the Hobgoblin.

That's it for this week!

If YOU have a suggestion for a notable comic book retcon, let me know at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

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