Appearing in "In the Grip of the Goblin!"
- Gwen Stacy (Vision)
- Harry's Dealer
- Mr. Osborn's Secretary
Synopsis for "In the Grip of the Goblin!"
Norman Osborn's Green Goblin-persona has returned and Spider-Man has stumbled upon him. After a brief battle across the city, the Goblin escapes vowing to strike back at his arch nemesis.
Changing back to his civilian identity, Peter worries over that damage the Goblin can do now that he remembers Peter's real identity. Returning home, he finds Harry who is stressed out over his studies and over the turbulence in his relationship with Mary Jane. Peter becomes concerned when he finds that Harry has been popping pills.
The next day when Peter and Harry head off to class, Mary Jane once more snubs Harry in favor of Peter. Peter scolds her for her behavior, but she tells Peter her avoidance of Harry is a long story. Harry meanwhile has gone to his dealer and bought more pills. Peter looks for Harry, but cannot find him and decides to resume his hunt for the Green Goblin after he learns of reports of thefts across the city. Giving up as Spider-Man, he tries Osborn's office as Peter Parker, but it turns out to be another dead end.
Later that day, Harry confronts Mary Jane over her giving him the cold shoulder, fed up with Harry's behavior, Mary Jane dumps him. Harry returns home where he takes it out on Peter, Peter tells Harry off, and Harry goes off to take more pills. Peter goes off on another fruitless search for the Green Goblin. When he returns home, he finds that Harry has overdosed from the pills and needs immediate medical help. Before Peter can call for an ambulance, the Green Goblin appears outside the apartment challenging Peter once more.
How about a 7-page battle between Spidey and the Goblin - just for openers? Then, one of the most dramatic sequences in all of comicdom - and oh, that shock ending!
- The Comics Code Authority refused to give this issue its approval, due to the mention of drugs.
- The Green Goblin discovered Spider-Man's secret identity in Amazing Spider-Man #39. In the following issue he was stricken with partial amnesia that made him forget his memories as the Green Goblin. Other than a brief return in Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #2, Norman's memories resurfaced last issue.
- Peter recounts how he "lost" Gwen Stacy. Following the death of George Stacy (Amazing Spider-Man #90), Gwen fled to England in Amazing Spider-Man #93. Everyone believes that this is soley out of grief over her father's death, however it was also to hide her pregnancy after an affair with Norman Osborn circa Amazing Spider-Man #61 as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #509-514.
- In this story, the drug that Harry is taking is unidentified but is in a pill form. Later in Amazing Spider-Man #121-122 he states that he was on LSD.
Events in this story happen behind the scenes that affect the chronology of the following characters:
- Page 1-4, Panel 1 - Spider-Man battles the Green Goblin.
- Page 4, Panel 2-Page 20 - Goblin escapes, Peter deals with Harry's drug problems.
- Page 1-4, Panel 1 - Green Goblin battles Spider-Man.
- Page 4, Panel 2-Page 20 - Goblin returns as Peter is dealing with Harry's drug problems.
- As with the previous issue, this issue was also published without the Comic Book Authority Code. This is due to the fact that the Code did not approve any instance of illegal drug use in comic book publications at the time. Since Stan Lee's story reflected the drug use in negative light, Marvel published the stories anyway. Due to the stories popularity, it led to the first revision of the Code.
- Romita (credited as Artist Emeritus) inked pages 7, 15, 16, and 19.
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