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Synopsis for "The Goblin's Always Greener...!"

The Green Goblin has captured Spider-Man as he is rushing to the hospital to sign forms for Aunt May's operation. However, mobsters in the employ of Silvermane attack the Goblin with bazookas, inadvertently freeing Spider-Man. Before the wallcrawler can get his bearings, however, he falls into a dumpster, where the mobsters find him unconscious. Spider-Man revives and fights his way to freedom. Changing back to Peter Parker, Spidey rushes to the hospital just in the nick of time. He is, however, chewed out by Mary Jane for taking so long to get there to sign for his ailing aunt.

Meanwhile, the Green Goblin returns to his hideout, furious at Silvermane, and taunts his hostage once more before departing to eliminate Silvermane so he can get control of the crime rackets. Back at the hospital, Peter waits for Aunt May's surgery to be completed, he is consoled by Mary Jane, her Aunt Anna, and Joe Robertson. As Peter learns that Aunt May is going to pull through, he also hears of the Green Goblin attacking Radio City Music Hall and rushes there.

Changing into Spider-Man, Peter gets into the middle of a fight between Silvermane and the Green Goblin. When the Goblin tries to get away on his glider with Silvermane as his prisoner, Spider-Man tries to stop them. However, the Goblin's glider malfunctions and Spider-Man's web line busts, sending all three men falling from a fatal height.

Finally, in the Goblin's hideout, his hostage breaks free, and it turns out that it's really Harry Osborn, and he is furious.


Continuity Notes

  • Multiple mentions are made to Aunt May's heart problems. They have been a constant threat since Amazing Spider-Man #34.
  • Although Spider-Man thinks that the Green Goblin is Harry Osborn, as revealed at the end of this issue that is not the case. The true identity of this new Goblin is revealed next issue.


  • Silvermane goes to the theater to see "the new Disney movie", which "had opened to mixed reviews". As the issue was released on March 1978, the two most likely Disney movies (that writer Len Wein may be referring to) are Candleshoe (December 1977) and Return from Witch Mountain (March 1978) - both of which opened to mixed reviews in real life.

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