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After the flying broomstick, Green Goblin then soon re-designed this device into an improved version that he called his "goblin glider", capable of great maneuverability and speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. It was capable of supporting about 400 lbs including Norman's weight (and far more for very brief periods of time). Top speed and a full normal load would exhaust the fuel supply in about one hour. The main microprocessor assisted manual controls were behind the head of the glider, and later modifications added voice-activated radio-linked controls integrated into the Green Goblin's mask. The goblin glider was steered primarily, however, by the weight and attitude of its rider. The Green Goblin's boots locked into the stirrups of the glider electromagnetically. When his Green Goblin memories returned, Norman Osborn found the glider in one of his old safe houses, and for Spider-Man in full costume.[1] After a brief battle across the city, the Goblin escaped on his glider, believing Spider-Man dead.[2]

During their next fight, Spider-Man wrapped his legs tightly around the Goblin's neck, steering the Goblin's glider to the hospital where Harry was lying in a bed: realizing his son's condition caused the Green Goblin to return to his Norman Osborn identity and pass out.[3] Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) used the glider to kidnap Gwen Stacy and take her on top of the Brooklyn Bridge,[4] where she died.

After destroying the building in Brooklyn used as his hideout, Hobgoblin escaped on his glider, carrying with him his protege Adam Wright.[5] The glider was later destroyed by Ghost Rider when he was confronted by the Hobgoblin.[6]

Green Goblin (Harry Osborn) used the glider to kidnap Mary Jane Watson and take her on top of the George Washington Bridge,[7] where they only talked.

An unused Goblin Glider was later found by Spider-Man in the abandoned Osborn Industries building.[8]

Variants[]

Bat-Glider[]

Roderick Kingsley (Earth-616) from Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 238 0001

A modified Glider used by the Hobgoblin, designed to look like a bat.

Spider-Glider[]

Spider-Glider from Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 682 0001

Through his resources at Horizon Labs, Spider-Man had created his own version of the Goblin Glider for faster travel across New York City and used it during his fight against Equinox.[9] After Peter began working for Oscorp, Norman created a new version of the Spider-Glider propelled by an electric plasma jet engine that attached to the back of his new costume when not in use.[10]

Punisher Glider[]

Francis Castle (Earth-616) from Superior Spider-Man Team-Up Vol 1 10 001

The Punisher Glider was a Goblin Glider acquired by the Punisher and outfitted with government-issue drone missiles.[11]

Carnage-Augmented Glider[]

Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 799 McGuinness Variant Textless

After being augmented by the Carnage symbiote as the Red Goblin, Norman Osborn became capable of manifesting a fiery symbiote-augmented Goblin Glider out of his body, and coating an existing Goblin Glider in symbiote biomass to transform it.[12] After becoming the second Red Goblin, Normie Osborn was also capable of manifesting a fiery symbiote Glider.[13]

Demogoblin's Demonic Glider[]

Demogoblin (Earth-616) from The Amazing Spiderman 1st Edition (Trading Cards) 0001

Demogoblin could form a similar glider from Hellfire, with additional powers.[14]


Gold Glider[]

After taking up the heroic identity of the Gold Goblin, Osborn created a new version of the Goblin Glider using the electric plasma jet-engine technology he'd been working on.[15]

Coffin Glider[]

Coffin Glider from Amazing Spider-Man Vol 6 17 001

A glider created by the demons of Limbo under the orders of Chasm for the Grave Goblin.[16]


Alternate Reality Versions[]

Image Description Source
Gobbler Glider, Norman Osbird, Jr. (Earth-8311) from What The--?! Vol 1 24 On Earth-8311, The Gobbler Glider was originally used by Norman Osbird, the original Green Gobbler. It was later taken for a joyride by Osbird's young son Normie who was being babysat by Peter Porker at the time. Porker, using his Spider-Ham identity, went after the kid and successfully took him home with mommy completely unaware of anything. What The--?! #24
Earth-29801 from What If Spider-Man House of M Vol 1 1 0001 On Earth-29801, the Goblin Glider came with air-bags, preventing it from being used to impale people. What If? Spider-Man: House of M #1

Jason Macendale Jr. (Earth-92131) from Spider-Man (1994 animated series) Season 1 11 002

On Earth-92131, the Goblin Glider featured a bat-shaped head on its front and was purple in color. It was equipped with directed-energy weapons behind its "eyes", which were operated by push-button switches located behind the head. These could melt through glass and allow the pilot access through the windows of high-rise buildings. Spider-Man (1994 animated series)

Norman Osborn (Earth-92131) from Spider-Man (1994 animated series) Season 3 14 001

The original glider could also be docked atop and operated in tandem with a larger, more advanced model, giving the pilot access to increased firepower and maneuverability. This "bomber" variant was blue in color, could fly twice as high as the smaller one, four times as fast, and in addition to the directed-energy weapons, was equipped with missiles, smart bombs, saw-toothed disks, and Pumpkin Bombs. It could also be operated independently via a handheld remote control.
Goblin Glider from Deadpool Kill the Marvel Universe Vol 1 2 001 On Earth-TRN664, a modified Goblin Glider was given to a brainwashed Deadpool to aid him in killing Spider-Man. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again #2

Notes

  • On Earth-12041, the glider was created by S.H.I.E.L.D. instead of Oscorp.
  • The Glider was originally a military project developed by Oscorp, but was abandoned due to the need of sacrificing either maneuverability or protection.[17]

Trivia

  • There are multiple variants and models of Goblin Glider, with Osborn noting that Menace initially stole a Mark 7 model Goblin Glider.[18]

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