10 Worst Things The Green Goblin Has Done To Spider-Man
10. Framing Spider-Man For Murder
Going back to the debut issue of the Amazing Spider-Man series, the fictitious Daily Bugle newspaper, led by publisher/editor-in-chief J. Jonah Jameson, has always painted Spidey as a menace, warranting scorn and distrust from the general public. But after Norman Osborn/Green Goblin returned from the dead in 1996s "Revelations" arc, Osborn used the power of the press in a way that even Jonah never dared. Osborn uses his immense wealth to buy the Bugle and blackmails Jameson and his family in order to gain complete editorial control. Norman than pays off the C list villain Trapster (just dont call him Paste Pot Pete) to murder a street punk named Joey Z. by asphyxiating him with his paste gun and making it look like it was Spider-Mans webbing. As the icing on the cake, Norman offers a $5 million bounty for Spider-Mans capture. This "Spiderhunt" storyline leads directly to "Identity Crisis," a multi-title arc that sees Spider-Man go into hiding and reemerge as four brand new heroes: Ricochet, Dusk, Hornet and Prodigy. Spidey eventually clears his name, and hes able to resume web slinging, but not before outsmarting Osborn (and throwing even more gasoline on the fires of their feud).
Mark is a professional writer living in Brooklyn and is the founder of the Chasing Amazing Blog, which documents his quest to collect every issue of Amazing Spider-Man, and the Superior Spider-Talk podcast. He also pens the "Gimmick or Good?" column at Comics Should Be Good blog.