AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, THE #289
Marvel | Back To Amazing Spider-Man, The | June 1987 | Volume 1 | USA | 974 Owned
Death of Ned Leeds. Double size.

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June 1987
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  • Ned Leeds revealed to be the "HOBGOBLIN".
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 The Hobgoblin revealed! 

Who is the Hobgoblin? Or perhaps better asked now: Who was the Hobgoblin? Sadly the story opens with Ned Leeds' body being returned to New York following his murder in Berlin. Jonah, Peter, Betty, and Robbie are in shock...and completely oblivious to what really happened to Ned overseas. But the Kingpin knows what took place! He's furious that the Foreigner and Jack O'Lantern (aka Jason Macendale) made the hit without his approval! To retaliate against Macendale (aka the new Hobgoblin), the Kingpin tells the web-slinger where to find him! And in very short order a new era of Spider-Man vs. Hobgoblin battles begins!
 The Hobgoblin Revealed!  

Double size Comic.

Finally! The mystery that began over 50 issues ago is at last revealed! Who is the Hobgoblin?
Or perhaps better asked now: Who was the Hobgoblin?

Story continues from the Spider-Man vs. Wolverine (1987) one-shot.

Ned Leeds revealed to be the Hobgoblin.

Sadly the story opens with Ned Leeds' body being returned to New York following his murder in Berlin. Death of Ned Leeds.

First appearance of Hobgoblin IV (Jason Macendale AKA Jack O'Lantern).

Ned Leeds' body is returned to the States and his family and friends attend his funeral.
Peter takes Betty home but finds she is becoming more and more unstable.

• The new Hobgoblin takes out the Rose's men.
• Kingpin gives Spidey the file proving Leeds was Hobgoblin.
• Hobgoblin comes after Spidey for the file and it gets burned up in their battle.
• Flash Thompson is cleared of the charges that he was Hobgoblin.
• Peter decides to continue to fight crime as Spider-Man.

Jonah, Peter, Betty, and Robbie are in shock...and completely oblivious to what really happened to Ned overseas. But the Kingpin knows what took place!
He's furious that the Foreigner and Jack O'Lantern (aka Jason Macendale) made the hit without his approval!
To retaliate against Macendale (aka the new Hobgoblin), the Kingpin tells the web-slinger where to find him! And in very short order a new era of Spider-Man vs. Hobgoblin battles begins!

Cameo appearances by the Rose, Black Cat, and Flash Thompson.
Flashback cameo by Wolverine.

(Notes: The story in Web of Spider-Man Vol. 1 #29 occurs during this issue. Ned Leeds first appeared way back in Amazing Spider-Man Vol .1 #18. The web-slinger settles the score with the Foreigner in Spectacular Spider-Man Vol.1 # 129. Additional details about who was operating as the real Hobgoblin are revealed in the Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives (1997) Limited Series.)

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