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If you ask me, Osborn's been working too hard. He needs a good vacation.
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George Stacy
I think it's more than that, Jameson. He should seek psychiatric help!
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Balderdash! You'd never get me to a headshrinker!
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George Stacy
Too bad.
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What's that?
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George Stacy
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Appearing in "The Goblin Lives!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Other Characters:

Races and Species:

  • Humans (Main story and recap)
  • Demons (Illusion or holographic simulation)




Synopsis for "The Goblin Lives!"

After Norman Osborn invites his son and Peter to Capt. Stacy's slideshow of supervillains, Norman Osborn collapses when they get to the Green Goblin. After being rushed to the hospital, Peter walks to Aunt May's home thinking about the last battle Spider-Man and the Green Goblin had, and the fact that the Goblin knows Peter's secret identity.

Back at the hospital, Norman remembers that he's the Goblin and escapes from the hospital. He than goes into one of the city's slums, to an apartment complex where he kept some of his Green Goblin equipment. Meanwhile, Peter can't concentrate at Empire State because of his fear over the Green Goblin. Going to Norman's house, he finds Harry telling him that Norman left the hospital, freaking Peter out.

That night, Peter dreams that the Goblin captured Peter in his Spider-Man guise, sans mask, and showed him to Aunt May. Waking up, Peter decides that he needs to get the Goblin before it's the other way around. Becoming Spider-Man, he swings unknowingly past the Goblin on his glider.

Later, Harry greets his father at Norman's home, claiming that his brief insanity is over. The next day, Harry calls Peter, telling him that his dad is back, and to celebrate his wellness, he's inviting Peter, MJ, and Gwen to a party he's throwing. Peter sees right through it as a trap, but picks up Gwen and goes anyway, despite the danger.

When the two arrive, Harry, MJ, and Norman are already there. After a little while, they start dinner. Norman starts to lose his grip and would have attacked Peter in front of everyone if dinner had lasted longer. When the guests start dancing, Peter excuses himself to "call Aunt May". He's really making a distraction, by making a ball out of web fluid and throwing it into the fire, so that he and Norman can get away.

Changing in to Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, they both meet at Aunt May's house and begin to fight. During the fight, the Goblin throws a psychedelic pumpkin bomb towards Spidey, and he begins to hallucinate about the Goblin, his friends, and other enemies. Before it permanently affects him, Spider-Man's will power shrugs off the effects and comes up with a plan.

Using the bomb, the damage he gave him, and the Goblin's own insanity, Spider-Man hypnotizes Norman so that he won't want anything to do with the Green Goblin or Spider-Man, making him forget about Spidey's identity as well. As soon as the Goblin is unconscious, Peter drops Norman off at the hospital.

Harry, MJ, and Gwen meet with Peter there, and Harry meets with his father again while Peter walks out with the women, still worrying about the Goblin returning.


Continuity Notes

  • Peter recounts how the Green Goblin discovered his secret identity and what he thought was their final battle. That happened in Amazing Spider-Man #39-40.
  • Mary Jane's hair is short in this story as it is recently after she got it cut in Amazing Spider-Man #64. This hairstyle proves short lived as she is back to her standard in her next appearance.

Chronology Notes

Events in this story occur behind the scenes that affect the chronologies of the following characters:


  • 🢐 Page 1-20, Panel 2 🢒 - Peter begins to fear that Norman Osborn might become the Green Goblin again.
  • 🢐 Page 20, Panel 3-Page 25, Panel 5 🢒 - Unable to sleep, Peter goes to check out where his last battle with the Goblin took place, unaware that his foe is stalking him.
  • 🢐 Page 26-58 🢒 - Peter is lured into a trap by Norman Osborn, defeats him as the Goblin. Norman forgets that he is the Goblin again.

Harry Osborn:

George Stacy:

Gwen Stacy:

Aunt May:

Green Goblin:

  • 🢐 Page 1-20, Panel 2 🢒 - After seeing George's presentation about the Green Goblin, Norman remembers his double identity.
  • 🢐 Page 20, Panel 3-Page 58 🢒 - Becoming the Green Goblin, Norman sets a trap for Spider-Man, is defeated and forgets that he is the Green Goblin once more.

Publication Notes

  • The inside cover features a black and white page titled "The Spider-Man saga", giving a very brief outline of Spider-Man's origin and backstory, featuring Uncle Ben and Aunt May, Flash Thompson and Harry Osborn and of course, Spider-Man.
  • This issue was reprinted in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #9 (1973).
  • This issue contains a full-page ad for "Next issue: The Mystery of the TV Terror!" However, this title was cancelled and the story was never published. However, the costume design for the story's unnamed villain was repurposed a year later for the Prowler.[1]
  • Credits:
    • Script: Stan (The Man) Lee
    • Illustration: Johnny (Ring-a-Ding) Romita Jimmy (Mad Man) Mooney
    • Lettering: "Swinging" Sammy Rosen

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