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Daniel Kingsley was the twin brother of Roderick Kingsley (the original Hobgoblin). He often served as a stand-in for his brother to maintain Kingsley's secret identity as the Hobgoblin.[1]

He took his brother's place as the Hobgoblin in New York for a short period of time until he was killed by Phil Urich, who claimed the mantle of the Hobgoblin. [2]

  • Roger Stern always intended to pull the "identical twin" ruse for the mystery of the original Hobgoblin's identity, but left Amazing before he could resolve the storyline. The only mention of Roderick Kingsley having a brother in the original run was a thought bubble in Amazing Spider-Man #250. When Stern returned to Spider-Man to resolve the Hobgoblin plot as he intended, he officially introduced Daniel Kingsley in Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives #1.[3]
  • In retrospect, Amazing Spider-Man #249 is the first time Kingsley and the Hobgoblin appeared in the same location, meaning it is the first confirmed appearance of Daniel Kingsley on panel. However, because the brothers frequently posed as one another, it's possible Daniel appeared as early as Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #43.

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  1. Amazing Spider-Man #249
  2. Amazing Spider-Man #649
  3. Details from an interview with Stern from the Hobgoblin Lives TPB.

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