AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #254-255 (1984): Hobgoblin returns

So the cover seems to promise the rebirth of Hobgoblin, who drowned in the East River in issue #251.  Spider-Man confronts some guys breaking into Hobgoblin’s old van.

He expects Hobby is involved, but…

It’s not him.  It’s Jack O’ Lantern.  (At least, it’s not Hobgoblin YET—Jack eventually takes on the identity, before the big reveal that the original Hobgoblin was Bugle photographer Lance Bannon.) 

During the fight, Jack notes how much more powerful Spider-Man is in his new suit—another hint that there’s more to the black costume than meets the eyes.

Meanwhile, Aunt May’s boyfriend Nathan Lubensky totally has Peter Parker pegged.  May is giving Pete the silent treatment since he dropped out of school, so Nathan tries to help them reconcile but Peter misses the date (due to the Jack O’Lantern fight).  Nathan then throws some guilt on Pete’s shoulders.

Yeah, guilt has always been his cross to bear.

Then in issue #255, we DON’T have a cover that promises Hobgoblin. Instead, it’s about Black Fox, the first appearance of this burglar character, who now is working with Red Ghost’s Super Apes–because Red Ghost forces him to.

Then, at the very end of the story, we see…


Hobgoblin is back.

Also, I know he has his detractors, but I really like Rick Leonardi’s work on Spider-Man.

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