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Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 39


Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 39

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Quote1 Take a look, Parker--a good, long look--it's the last face Spider-man will ever see--it's the real face of the Green Goblin--the face of Norman Osborn! Quote2
-- Green Goblin

Appearing in "How Green Was My Goblin!"Edit

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Synopsis for "How Green Was My Goblin!"Edit

The Green Goblin is plotting his revenge against Spider-Man and plans to reveal his secret identity to the world. Meanwhile, Pete feels he’s coming down with something and visits Dr. Bromwell. During the visit the doctor tells Pete that Aunt May must not have any sudden shock or excitement to her or it could be fatal. As he goes to school, we see Harry Osborn being dropped off by his dad. When Harry asks if anything is wrong, his dad snaps angrily at him and Harry begins to worry. Pete sees what’s wrong and Harry starts confides in him his concerns much to the delight of Gwen Stacy. As Spider-Man webslings to clear his head cold, he finds a robbery in progress and starts to fight the gang of crooks. The longer he fights, the more suspicious he gets and finally is proven right when they hit him with a gas. This gas that Green Goblin has concocted prevents his Spider-Sense from working. As he exits the scene, he goes to change back to Peter Parker and the Goblin watches without being noticed. As the Goblin follows him home, he picks up his name on microphone and learns his true identity. The Goblin confronts him outside and begins his attack on Peter Parker. Pete fights to prevent Aunt May from knowing the truth but Goblin soon knocks Pete unconscious and wraps him in a steel alloy cable. As he has taken to the Goblin’s lair, Pete struggles against his bonds and since he’s confident in destroying Spider-Man, the Goblin reveals himself to be none other than Norman Osborn himself.

  • After years of speculation and mystery, the Green Goblin is revealed to be Norman Osborn. Some may speculate that this revelation may have caused Spider-Man co-creator and artist Steve Ditko to leave the title.
  • This issue features a letters page, The Spider's Web. Letters are published from Donald Jackson, Ron Wilshire, Mrs. Melanie Skinner, Tom Salazar, Charles Key, Don Stuckman, John Cahill, Mike McBride, and Anne Kong.
  • In this issue, inker Mike Esposito is credited as "Mickey Demeo".
  • After the abrupt resignation of Steve Ditko, this is the first artwork on this title by John Romita. Stan Lee decided on John Romita Sr as the new artist after viewing his work on a Spider-Man/Daredevil crossover in Daredevil #16 and Daredevil #17. Romita will pen or ink over 100 issues and covers of Spider-Man and become Marvel's Art Director in the 1970's.
  • This issue is reprinted in many other comics and books, see references for more info.[1]
  • Credits:
    • Script........Smilin' Stan Lee
    • Art...........Jazzy Johnny Romita
    • Inks..........Mighty Mickey Demeo
    • Lettering.....Adorable Artie Simek
  • references: Amazing Spider-Man #37
  • Page 19, Panel 5 (from a different angle) is most likely the cover for this issue.

  • The cover of this issue is one of the 32 that appear in the comic collection from the 2000 video game Spider-Man.

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  1. This story is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:

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