How Green Was My Goblin!
Script: Stan Lee
Art: Johnny Romita
Inks: Mickey Demeo
Lettering: Artie Simek
Originally published: August 1966
“Spidey Saves the Day!” Featuring: The End of the Green Goblin!
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: John Romita
Inker: Mickey Demeo
Letterer: Sam Rosen
Originally published: September 1966
So this is the first Ditko-less Amazing. I felt weird about it before I started, but in all honesty, Romita does a great job. I may like his stuff better than Ditko… :O On with the show!
How awesome is that fucking cover?! Spider-Man unmasked and being dragged around by the Green Goblin. You know you’re in for excitement when you see that!
Spider-Man breaks up a robbery, but it’s all a setup by the Green Goblin to lure him in. The thugs hit him with some gas that, unbeknownst to Peter, dulls his senses — including his spider-sense. Without it, he doesn’t realize that the Goblin is tailing and watching him, and Peter takes off his costume in full view of him! Ahhh! Bad move! The Goblin follows Peter to the Bugle, where he overhears the kid’s name, and then home, where he attacks. After soundly beating an unprepared Spider-Man, the Goblin takes him back to his lair and reveals his own true identity – Norman Osborn!
Peter and Osborn are having a nice conversation about stuff, and it’s pretty obvious that Osborn is completely nuts. The dialogue is actually surprisingly interesting and competently written; I didn’t think Stan had it in him. The Goblin dishes out his whole origin story, then we cut to some super frivolous scenes of Aunt May worrying and JJJ yelling. After that, though, we finally learn the whereabouts of Betty Brant: Chicago! The reason? Well, there wasn’t one really, she was just overwhelmed by stuff and took off I think.
When we cut back to the Goblin, he uses a “retro-scope helmet” to “project mental pictures” of their previous battles to Spider-Man. WTF, now there’s damn virtual reality in the 60s comic too?! Jesus. It’s a super lame way to recap their previous encounters. Whatever, then they fight and Spider-Man wins. But the Goblin knows his secret identity, so what’s he going to do about that? Well, luckily Norman Osborn is injured and gets amnesia, so that all works out just fine. Norman has no memory of ever being the Green Goblin, or of Spider-Man.