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Synopsis for "The Return of the Green Goblin"

This story continues from Spider-Man #56...

A costumed man with a flaming hand murders a homeless man named Sammy Skalek in the middle of an alleyway. Due to the poor lighting in the alleyway, eyewitnesses and officers can't make out who the killer is, but they believe it is the same lunatic that has been reported about in the Daily Bugle.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker pays a visit to the grave of his friend Harry Osborn.[Continuity 1] He has come to "talk" to Harry about his feelings following his encounter with the new Green Goblin.[Continuity 2] With all the madness with clones in his life at the moment, Peter doesn't know what to make of this new Goblin. Peter wonders if this is some trick Harry is playing on him from beyond the grave, or if Harry somehow cheated death.[Continuity 3] Peter half expected to find Harry's grave freshly dug up and is relieved that this is not the case. After his visit, Peter puts on the Scarlet Spider costume he brought with him. He feels strange wearing it, but all of his own costumes have been destroyed. He thinks about how he has been recently arrested for murder and how he thought Ben was responsible until Reilly offered to change places with him in prison.[Continuity 4] Ben did this so Peter could not only spend time with his pregnant wife Mary Jane, but also find the real killer.[Continuity 5] The only suspect that Peter can think of is the vigilante known as Kaine. He has his work cut out for him since he is also trying to hunt down the Jackal, this new Green Goblin, as well as the original Gwen Stacy clone.[Continuity 6]

Peter Parker is not the only one who is thinking about the new Green Goblin. In his secret lab, the Jackal is furious that this new Green Goblin was meddling in his plans. Since he can't deduce who the person is behind the Goblin mask, the Jackal decides to go and find out who this newcomer really is. While at the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson and Joe Robertson are in a private meeting. Seeing this, Ken Ellis asks Ben Urich what's going on. Ben tells him that they are arguing over how much coverage they should give Peter Parker's murder trial.[Continuity 7] Back at the Parker residence, Mary Jane has just finished up making a new Spider-Man costume for Peter. She is trying to keep her mind off of the concerns for her baby that have been raised when she agreed to be examined by Ben Reilly's friend Seward Trainer.[Continuity 8] That's when Peter comes home and he is happy to see her, however, his visit is going to be brief. With his trail coming up, he needs to find Kaine and bring him to justice. Mary Jane insists that Peter needs to take a break and spend time with her. That's when a news report comes on about the homeless people being murdered in the city. Resigning to the fact that her husband is going to go back out into the city, she realizes that he isn't ignoring their problems, that he needs to keep moving in order to prevent himself from giving into the fear that is rushing through his mind. As Peter leaves his home, he is unaware that he is being observed by the Jackal. Meanwhile, Mary Jane wishes she had someone she could talk to about everything that is going on in her life, when she suddenly remembers that she does -- it's Ben Reilly.

Meanwhile, Phil Urich puts on his Green Goblin costume. Upon putting on the Goblin mask he is jolted with the energy that activates his powers. He then uses his glider to go out looking for a homeless person. Finding an ideal candidate, he hovers over silently nearby, when he is suddenly ambushed by Spider-Man. The wall-crawler thinks that the Green Goblin is responsible for the death of the homeless. Put on the defensive, the Green Goblin tries to explain that he is innocent, but the web-slinger isn't willing to listen. Realizing that he is in over his head, and he wants to avoid hurting Spider-Man with his lunatic laugh, the Goblin flees. With this second encounter, Spider-Man is certain that this is not Harry Osborn, and wonders who this inexperienced new comer is and where his powers come from. Watching the battle is the Jackal who is very interested in seeing the outcome of this battle. As Spider-Man chases the Goblin, the real killer -- a costumed criminal calling himself Firefist -- selects another victim. At that moment, Mary Jane visits Ben Reilly in prison to ask for his advice on what to do about the baby. She wonders if she should get an abortion before it is too late. Ben surprises her by saying that he is pro-life. However, he tells her that the choice is ultimately hers, but she should wait until she gets all the facts before making a decision.

Back in the alley, Firefist is ranting about how America has been infested wit hthe weak and that he does what he does to make his country great again. Before he can kill the homeless man, the Green Goblin arrives and pulls him away. Taking a cue from the Goblin, Spider-Man swings in and attacks Firefist. The wall-crawler is quickly put on the defensive when Firefist begins whipping fireballs with his flamethrower gauntlet. Ultimately, Firefist damages the side of a building burying Spider-Man alive. Seeing this, the Jackal is about to step in since he still has a need for Parker, but that's when the new Green Goblin comes to Spider-Man's aid. Seeing this, the Jackal is convinced that this new Goblin is not another Osborn. While back at the Daily Bugle, Joe Robertson continues to argue with Jameson about the murder trial. He points out that they are being scooped by every other paper in New York and they need to report on this, otherwise all the awards the Bugle have won for journalism will mean nothing. With that, he storms out of the office leaving Jameson to think this over.

Meanwhile, the Goblin keeps Firefist on the defensive using his sonic laugh to confuse his foe. This gives Spider-Man time to dig himself out of the rubble, wondering why this new Goblin would risk his life to save Spider-Man. THe wall-crawler quickly knocks out Firefist, and while he is busy wrapping up the killer for the police, the Green Goblin flees the sene. As he heads for home, the Goblin can't believe that he was unable to take down such a pathetic villain and briefly considers giving up on being a hero. Once Spider-Man finishes wrapping up Firefist, his spider-sense briefly goes off, finally detecting the presence of the Jackal. However, as the villain slips away and the warning subsides, the web-slinger dismisses it and heads for home. Soon, the Jackal returns to his lab when he is joined by the Peter Parker clone. He is delighted, because he had been waiting for this clone to arrive.

...This story continues in Web of Spider-Man #126.

Appearing in "He Was Such a Nice Boy..."

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Synopsis for "He Was Such a Nice Boy..."

Assigned to do a story on Peter Parker, Ben Urich, and Angela Yin begin interviewing those who knew him best. They start their interviews with Flash Thompson, who they meet at a local youth center. Flash tells them how Peter Parker was a hard-working student in high school and how he bullied Peter until college when he finally began to understand what a great person Peter Parker was.[Continuity2 1] Despite the fact that there is compelling evidence that Peter Parker was responsible for a murder, Flash Thompson refuses to believe it and insists that they have the wrong person. As they leave, Angel asks Ben what he thinks. Urich tells her that his opinion doesn't matter, that their task is to report the facts.

They next interview Andrew Davis, Peter's principal when he attended Midtown High. Davis relates how Peter was a mild-mannered student, but recalls the day that Flash Thompson broke Peter's glasses. The pair decided to settle their differences in a boxing match, which Peter surprisingly won in a single punch.[Continuity2 2] Interestingly, Davis recalls that after the incident, Peter never went back to wearing glasses and assumes he switched to contact lenses.[Continuity2 3] When they interview Anna Watson, she also thinks the charges are absurd. She tells them how Peter was left in the care of his Uncle Ben and Aunt May by his parents prior to their tragic deaths and was raised him properly.[Continuity2 4] Anna recalls how Peter was there for his Aunt when her husband was murdered by a burglar and he never left her side, as though he felt responsible for Ben's death.[Continuity 9]

They then move on to members of the Bugle staff who knew Peter personally, starting with Betty Brant. She recalls when he first started coming by the Daily Bugle to sell photos to the newspaper and how well mannered he was.[Continuity2 5] She remembers the day that her romance with Peter blossomed, during an attack on the Bugle by the Vulture.[Continuity2 6] She remembers how Peter was there for her when her brother Bennett died as well as her husband Ned.[Continuity2 7] This brings up some painful memories, prompting Ben to apologize. When Jonah demands to know what's going on in his office. Ben points out that he is covering the Parker story.

When Angela asks him Jonah about his relationship with Peter Parker. Jonah talks about how he always wondered how Peter was able to get his shots of Spider-Man in action, mentioning once he hired a private investigator to find out.[Continuity2 8] Jameson eventually learned that Peter actually had an agreement with Spider-Man, splitting the profits from the photos.[Continuity2 9] Suddenly, Jonah makes a connection that Spider-Man was the one who caught the man who murdered Ben Parker, and begins to think that Parker was framed by the wall-crawler. Urich is unimpressed that Yin inspired Jameson with a new topic for his latest anti-Spider-Man editorials and gets to work. Typing away at his computer, Ben tries to make sense of everything he learned about Peter Parker, but can't figure him out, not making the connection that Parker is secretly Spider-Man.

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Continuity Notes

Clone Saga Reading Order
Prelude
The Double
Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
The Parker Legacy
Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
The Lost Years
Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #2 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3
Act One
Power and Responsibility
Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
The Exile Returns
Web of Spider-Man #118 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Spider-Man #52 Web of Spider-Man #119 Spider-Man #53
Back From the Edge
Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Amazing Spider-Man #395 The Spectacular Spider-Man #218 Amazing Spider-Man #396 The Spectacular Spider-Man #219
Web of Life
Web of Spider-Man #120 Spider-Man #54 Web of Spider-Man #121 Spider-Man #55
Web of Death
Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
Funeral for an Octopus
Spider-Man Unlimited #8 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #1 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #2 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #3
Smoke and Mirrors
Web of Spider-Man #122 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Spider-Man #56 Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
Players and Pawns
The Spectacular Spider-Man #222 Web of Spider-Man #123 Amazing Spider-Man #400
Aftershocks
Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
Mark of Kaine
Web of Spider-Man #124 Amazing Spider-Man #401 Spider-Man #58 The Spectacular Spider-Man #224 Spider-Man Unlimited #9
Crossfire
Web of Spider-Man #125 Amazing Spider-Man #402 Spider-Man #59 The Spectacular Spider-Man #225
The Trial of Peter Parker
Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
Planet of the Symbiotes
Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
Act Two
Maximum Clonage
Spider-Man: The Jackal Files #1 New Warriors #61 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1 Web of Spider-Man #127 Amazing Spider-Man #404 Spider-Man #61 The Spectacular Spider-Man #227 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Omega #1
Growing Pains
Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
The Exiled
Web of Spider-Man #128 Amazing Spider-Man #405 Spider-Man #62 Spider-Man Unlimited #10
Time Bomb
The Spectacular Spider-Man #228 Web of Spider-Man #129
The Greatest Responsibility
Amazing Spider-Man #406 Spider-Man #63 The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1
Act Three
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1
Virtual Morality
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1 Web of Scarlet Spider #1 Amazing Scarlet Spider #1 Scarlet Spider #1 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1
Cyberwar
Web of Scarlet Spider #2 Amazing Scarlet Spider #2 Green Goblin #3 Scarlet Spider #2 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2
Nightmare in Scarlet
Web of Scarlet Spider #3 New Warriors #67 Web of Scarlet Spider #4
The Sensational Spider-Man
Wizard Mini-Comic #3 Sensational Spider-Man #0 Amazing Spider-Man #407 Spider-Man #64 The Spectacular Spider-Man #230 Spider-Man Unlimited #11
The Final Adventure
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #2 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #3 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4
Act Four
Media Blizzard
Sensational Spider-Man #1 Amazing Spider-Man #408 Spider-Man #65
The Return of Kaine
The Spectacular Spider-Man #231 Sensational Spider-Man #2 Amazing Spider-Man #409 Spider-Man #66 The Spectacular Spider-Man #232
Web of Carnage
Sensational Spider-Man #3 Amazing Spider-Man #410 Spider-Man #67 The Spectacular Spider-Man #233
Blood Brothers
Sensational Spider-Man #4 Amazing Spider-Man #411 Spider-Man #68 The Spectacular Spider-Man #234 Sensational Spider-Man #5 Amazing Spider-Man #412
Redemption
Spider-Man: Redemption #1 Spider-Man: Redemption #2 Spider-Man: Redemption #3 Spider-Man: Redemption #4
Peter Parker Returns
Sensational Spider-Man #7 Amazing Spider-Man #414 Spider-Man #71 The Spectacular Spider-Man #237
Loose Ends
Amazing Spider-Man #415 Spider-Man #72 Sensational Spider-Man #8 The Spectacular Spider-Man #238 Sensational Spider-Man #9 Amazing Spider-Man #416 Spider-Man #73 The Spectacular Spider-Man #239 Sensational Spider-Man #10 Amazing Spider-Man #417 Spider-Man #74
Revelations
The Spectacular Spider-Man #240 Sensational Spider-Man #11 Amazing Spider-Man #418 Spider-Man #75 Spider-Man: Revelations #1 Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1

The Return of the Green Goblin

Crossfire
Web of Spider-Man #125 Amazing Spider-Man #402 Spider-Man #59 The Spectacular Spider-Man #225
  1. The graves of Harry Osborn and his father Norman are depicted here. At the time of this story, everyone believes that both men are dead. Norman was believed to have been killed in a battle against Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #122. His survival is explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. He will resurface again in Amazing Spider-Man #412. Likewise is Harry Osborn believed to be dead here following the events of The Spectacular Spider-Man #200. However, unknown to everyone at the time, Harry survived as explained in Amazing Spider-Man #581. He will resurface again in Amazing Spider-Man #545.
  2. Spider-Man first encountered the new Green Goblin in Web of Spider-Man #125.
  3. This would not be the first time, as Harry was largely involved in a scheme that played out in the Pursuit storyline.
    Pursuit
    Spider-Man #45 The Spectacular Spider-Man #211 Web of Spider-Man #112 Amazing Spider-Man #389
  4. Peter was arrested for a murder in Amazing Spider-Man #400. This murder happened five years earlier, as detailed in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1-3. Ben swapped places with Peter at Ryker's Island last issue.
  5. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here. Mary Jane revealed she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  6. This clone of Gwen Stacy appeared in Peter's life between Amazing Spider-Man #144-149. He discovered that she is still alive in Web of Spider-Man #125.
  7. Among the chatter in the news room, someone says they should page Betty Brant's beeper and another person is complaining about the fax machine is not working. These should be considered topical references per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as both technologies are considered obsolete.
  8. Mary Jane agreed to undergo tests to determine if her baby is fine in Web of Spider-Man #124.
  9. Anna's observation is more truthful than she thinks as Peter blamed himself for not stopping a burgler days before he killed his Uncle Ben as seen in Amazing Fantasy #15.

He Was Such a Nice Boy...

  1. Flash Thompson's recollection includes a flashback that retells the opening scene of Amazing Fantasy #15, where Flash and his friends blow off Peter's invitation to go to the science expedition.
  2. The broken glasses incident and boxing match happened in Amazing Spider-Man #8.
  3. Peter was made to wear glasses by his Aunt May because she feared he might suffer from eye strain from reading to much, as explained in Amazing Spider-Man #-1. Any impaired eyesight, real or imagined, became a non-issue when Peter was bitten by the radioactive spider that gave him his powers. It apparently corrected his vision, as Peter stated in Untold Tales of Spider-Man #4.
  4. Peter's parents died on a government mission some twenty years prior to this story as seen in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5.
  5. Peter started selling photos to the Bugle in Amazing Spider-Man #2.
  6. The battle with the Vulture that she recounts happened in Amazing Spider-Man #7.
  7. Betty believes her brother Bennet was killed during a battle with Doctor Octopus in Amazing Spider-Man #11. However, Bennet survived and will resurface as the new Crime Master in Venom Vol 2 #1. Ned Leeds however, was not quite so fortunate, as he was murdered while on assignment, as seen in Spider-Man Versus Wolverine #1.
  8. This was Mac Gargan, the man who would later become the Scorpion. He was hired by Jonah to tail Parker in Amazing Spider-Man #19.
  9. Thanks to a clever deception, Peter convinced everyone that he was paying Spider-Man for his photos in Amazing Spider-Man #48.

Chronology Notes

A flashback in the story He Was Such a Nice Boy... affects the chronology of the following characters:

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Publication Notes

  • This issue is reprinted in comics and books, see references for more info.[2]

See Also

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. This issue is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:



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