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Quote1.png I love you. And I can't wait to be Mrs. Osborn. Oh, and Harry? Make sure you lock the door behind you. It'd be hard to explain the glider and stuff. Quote2.png
Lily Hollister[src]


Early Life

Daughter of District Attorney William Hollister, Socialite Lily Hollister was dating Harry Osborn. Her best friend was Forensic Specialist Carlie Cooper.[7]

Lily found a hidden door in Harry Osborn's closet and found an old journal of his. She uncovered the location of one of Norman Osborn's secret rooms in the journal. When she had first gone in, she found all of the Goblin's equipment along with some experiments. After accidentally knocking over some experimental Goblin chemicals, she absorbed them into her skin, and was now able to transform into her "Menace" form at will.[8]

Lily Hollister as Menace

Stealing a weapons cache of the original Green Goblin, Norman Osborn, Menace was later hunted down by Jackpot. During her search, she met Spider-Man and reluctantly accepted his help. Menace attacked a council meeting and kidnapped councilwoman Lisa Parfrey, with Spider-Man and Jackpot working together to try and stop her. Menace's glider slammed into the rescued councilwoman, killing her, and Menace escaped the crime scene, but not before accusing Spider-Man of being responsible for the woman's death.[9]

Menace later tried to threaten Bill Hollister, her father and one of the candidates for the election, into dropping out of the race for mayor while she continued supporting him in her public identity.[6] She was sabotaging his campaign for his own good against Randall Crowne, his opponent, and began destroying her father's advertisements.[5] She also broke into their home and tried to threaten him into backing out of the running.[10]

Menace then proceeded to threaten the supposedly 'redeemed' Norman Osborn who had come to town when her actions inadvertently revealed that Crowne had been operating an illegal sweatshop in the city and Crowne asked him for help. Menace recreated Osborn's original death by ramming him with her glider, however, Osborn survived the attack and Menace spared him, after accusing Osborn of being a fool for devoting all his time and assets to Spider-Man's destruction.[11]

During the Skrull Invasion Lily and Harry Osborn were attacked on the street, after getting away from Harry and changing into Menace she killed one of the invading Skrulls, and then set her sights on Jackpot, believing her to be "Spider-Man's girlfriend". Their fight took her into the path of one of the Skrull's, with Menace's glider exploding on contact. Menace survived, though badly injured, and limped away from the scene.[12]

Identity Revealed

When Menace attacked a Hollister Rally, she managed to badly beat Spider-Man (who had earlier been shot through the arm) and claimed a "citizen's arrest" to the arriving police. Menace then flew into the Hollister party headquarters, and changed back into Lily Hollister, just before Harry walked in on her. She revealed to Harry that she was Menace. She then told Harry that she accepted his earlier marriage proposal.[8]

On Election Day, Menace attacked two police officers for arresting Carlie Cooper for a crime she didn't commit, then attacked Spider-Man when he appeared. Menace was about to finish him until Harry, as the Green Goblin, appeared and shot Menace with a serum, with Spider-Man giving her the full injection. This caused Menace to change back into Lily and was seen in a live broadcast, with her father watching in shock and in tears of this revelation. A few days after the event, with Bill Hollister as the new Mayor of New York, Lily was now in prison and was visited by Norman Osborn, who discovered the engagement ring given to her by Harry and welcomed her to the family.[13]


Pregnant with Stanley

Lily was released from prison and approached Harry in her Menace form; telling him that she had "moved on". Harry believed that she had started a relationship with Norman and warned her that she would be disposed of once Norman was done with her.[14] Lily eventually discovered she was pregnant with Norman's child. She and Norman developed a ruse to make Harry become the hero, American Son, who would be used to die in a tragedy to engender sympathy and support for Norman Osborn and his Avengers. She confronted Harry stating that she was pregnant with his child. After this, Harry informed Norman that he would be accepting his invitation to work for his Avengers, hoping to steal a cure for the serum to use on Lilly and the baby so they could be healthy. However, Lily pushed him away, and in her new goblin form, with large full horns, and a green complexion (and more noticeably pregnant), Lily revealed the entire ruse to Harry and escaped. She tried to help Norman in his battle against Harry but left the scene when Spider-Man broke her glider. Later, she reunited with Norman where it was later revealed he had her confined in a prison cell until the baby would be born.[15][16]

A New Goblin is Born

Weeks later, Lily broke out of her cell and crashes the Coffee Bean, frantic and about to give birth to her son, being chased by Doctor Octopus, Tombstone and Shocker. Octavius wants the baby believing that due to having blood with Goblin Serum would be a source to cure his disease. Spider-Man manages to battle the three villains, but Doc Ock "assists" Lily and gets the child. However, Spider-Man takes advantage of him while distracted and takes the baby. While Spider-Man is battling super-villains hired by Octopus to keep the baby safe, Lily, Mary Jane and Harry hide in the apartment of a celebrity friend of MJ's.

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Tombstone forces Carlie to take him to Hollister, but she controls the glider remotely to hit Tombstone and be safe. Meanwhile, Spider-Man traces Chameleon, who has the baby, but he tells Spidey that the Lizard took the baby from him. When both Spider-Man and Octopus get to Lizard's hideout, both battle and Lizard willingly gives the baby back to Spidey. Spider-Man makes some blood tests on the baby, revealing him to be Harry's, not Norman's. Harry takes care of him, calling him Stanley, while Lily escapes and abandons her son, feeling unfit to raise the child and fearing he would be in more danger if she stayed.

Goblin Nation

Menace later returned showing her allegiance to the Goblin King as part of his underground Goblin Cult to prepare for the fight against Spider-Man (at the time Doctor Octopus' mind in Spider-Man's body). Menace was ordered to disarm the prison truck that captured Phil Urich before taking him to the underground and was christened as the Goblin Knight.[17] Menace later kidnapped Carlie Cooper from Potter's Field after she found out that Doctor Octopus' grave was empty and brought her to the Goblin King. Menace then gave the Goblin King her journal revealing that they knew Spider-Man was indeed Doctor Octopus occupying the hero's body.[18]

During the Green Goblin's takeover of Manhattan, the real Spider-Man returned, and defeated the Goblin Nation. In the process, he used an antidote for the Goblin Serum on Menace, turning her back to a normal human.[19]

Becoming the Queen Cat

Shortly after having assumed the alias of Goblin King, Phil Urich tried to free Lily from police custody to fulfill a pact they had made some time ago, one which required either of them to free the other if they were captured. To this end, the Goblin King attacked the police car she was being transferred on when it crossed a bridge. Unfortunately, Urich forgot to take into account that Lily had been depowered, which led to her falling into a river severely injured. She emerged with no memory of her past and proceeded to live on the streets. In an attempt to find a purpose to her life, Lily went to the Hobgoblin, after catching notice of a newspaper ad for his program that reinvented people into superheroes.[20]

Over the next month, Kingsley turned Lily into the Queen Cat, a Black Cat-like hero. When Urich confronted Kingsley in his base, the Queen Cat protected him. Urich recognized Lily, but she didn't know who he was. After being forced to flee from the battle, Urich left in the sky a message for Lily to contact him.[1] The Queen Cat contacted Urich in his base and pretended to have switched to his side. When the Goblin King attacked a celebration being held for Kingsley, and was defeated, he expected Lily to double-cross the Hobgoblin, but she revealed that she had no regard for their past relationship, and that maybe the accident she suffered wasn't coincidence, but it was a new lease for life she wasn't going to waste.[21]


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She was armed with a variety of bizarre portable incendiary devices in her shoulder bag and uses a Mark 7 Goblin Glider as a personal transport, until it was destroyed by Norman Osborn. It was fast and extremely maneuverable. Other weapons she used were concussion and incendiary Pumpkin Bombs. She wore bulletproof mail with an overlapping tunic, cap and mask as Menace.

As she was capable of overcoming Norman Osborn in a physical struggle, it must be inferred that she has superhuman strength just as Osborn does. Whether or not this is due to ingesting the Goblin serum, which she could have stolen along with the other goblin paraphernalia, has not been revealed. This is further reinforced when Menace nearly beat an injured Spider-Man to death. Even when injured, Spider-Man is far stronger than an ordinary human, being able to lift several thousand pounds with one arm and able to punch with force consistent with being struck by an automobile. Menace evaded most of Spider-Man's blows, shrugged off the few blows that connected easily, and hit Spider-Man with sufficient force to nearly kill him.

There was evidence to suggest that Menace's mask may not actually be a real mask. During the aforementioned fight with Menace, Jackpot attempted to remove it, only to find she could not budge it, even with her enhanced strength. This was later confirmed when, believing herself to be alone, Menace transforms into her human form.



An axe seen secured on her back.


A glider


  • Despite Menace's early masculine appearance, it was eventually revealed that that the character was a woman.

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