Appearing in "The Goblin's Last Gasp!"
- New York City
Synopsis for "The Goblin's Last Gasp!"
Continued from last issue... The Green Goblin has attacked Peter Parker at the apartment that he shares with Harry Osborn just as Harry is in dire need of medical help after a drug over dose. When the Green Goblin tries to attack, Peter tries to get the Goblin to see the state his son is in, the Goblin, not wishing to remember his son flees. Peter is able to call an ambulance and Harry is taken to the hospital.
Meanwhile in England, Gwen Stacy begins to realize that leaving Peter behind to move to England was a big mistake and decides to return back to New York and find Peter, and hopefully patch things up. While back in the state, Peter finishes his classes and is confronted by Harry's dealer who tells Peter to pass along the fact that he has more pills to sell Harry. When Peter calls him a creep, the dealer calls his thugs to beat Peter, however Peter manages to easily defeat them with the help of his spider-strength. Beating the dealer into submission, Peter warns him that if he catches the man dealing drugs again, the next beating will make this one seem worse by comparison.
While at the Bugle, news of Harry Osborn's drug overdose has reached Jonah's desk, Jonah asks Joe how he's going to present the story in the papers. Joe tells him that he's going to explain that drugs aren't just a ghetto problem, but everyone's problem.
Peter, meanwhile, has resumed his identity of Spider-Man and is once more scouring the city looking for the Green Goblin. When he finds him the two are locked in a battle, which is prolonged because Spider-Man forgot to refill his web-shooters. However, he manages to perch himself on the Goblin's shoulders and force him to fly to the hospital and LOOK at his son. Realizing his son's condition causes the Green Goblin to return to his Norman Osborn identity and pass out. Peter then takes him back home, strips off and destroy his Goblin costume and leaves, hoping that this is the end of the Goblin's scourge.
Things end happily for Peter when upon returning home he is greeted by Gwen who had just returned from England.
As if the conclusion of Spidey's free-for-all with the Green Goblin isn't enough for you - we promise you an ending that's the season's biggest surprise!
- 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. Her return here was after she gave birth to twins and Norman Osborn began raising them in secret.
- 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 occur behind the scenes that affect the chronology of the following characters:
- Page 1-14 - The Green Goblin launches his attack against Spider-Man.
- Page 15-20 - Goblin forced to see his son in the hospital, slips back into temporary amnesia.
- This issue like the two before it was not published with the Comic Book Authorities seal of approval. This is because at the time the Authority forbids any comics which depicted illegal drug use, regardless of the context. Since the story featured drug use in a negative light, Marvel comics published the story anyway without the Code's approval. The story gained enough notoriety that it led to the first change in the Comic Book Authority Code.
- Background inks by Mortellaro.
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