> Amazing Spider-Man Masterworks Volume 7

From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"Keep talking like that, and I'm liable to lead you to the preacher instead of the party! And I'm sure you wouldn't want that to happen...would you, Mr. Parker?"

- - Gwen, to her boyfriend, Peter, page 29

The Goblin is back!


Spectacular Spider-Man #2
November 1968 • 63 pages

Publication Date: August 1968

Letters Page: No letters page in this issue.

I: Inside Front Cover: "The Spider-Man Saga"

Pages: 1

Synopsis: Recap of Spider-Man's origins, powers.

II: Feature Story: "The Goblin Lives!"

Pages: 58

Script: Stan Lee
Layouts: John Romita
Pencils: John Romita
Inks: Jim Mooney
Letters: Sam Rosen

Villain: Green Goblin

Guest Appearance: Harry Osborn, Capt. Stacy, J. Jonah Jameson, Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane Watson

Cameo Appearance: Dr. Warren

Flashback Cameo: Kingpin, Rhino, Vulture, Kraven, Doctor Octopus

Synopsis: At an Executive Club meeting, Captain George Stacy lectures the assembled group, including Jameson, Peter, Harry and Norman Osborn, about Spider-Man. Witnessing the images of battle between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin is too much for Norman, who breaks out into sweats and soon collapses. Peter is on the edge of his seat, as memories of his past encounters with the Goblin make him worry what will happen if Osborn gets his memory back.

Peter goes to visit his Aunt May, while Norman is haunted by nightmare visions. He suddenly snaps out of his fever dream and his memory comes back. He now realizes he's the Green Goblin! He rushes out of bed and pushes his way past Harry out of the hospital. He wanders the city streets and finds his old hideout where he has his Goblin equipment and costume. He sets his sights on revenge against Spider-Man!

After walking through the day is if in a waking nightmare, Peter worries more about the Green Goblin. When he sees Harry, who tells him what has happened to his dad, he worries even more, and not even Gwen Stacy can reassure him. He decides to proactively seek out the Goblin, and swings into action as Spider-Man, but unbeknownst to him, the Goblin is tracking his every move, waiting for the perfect moment.

Norman returns home, where Harry continues to keep vigil while his father rests. The next day, Harry invites Peter and Gwen to join him and Mary Jane in a small dinner his father has organized for the teenagers. Peter is rightfully worried about Norman's mental state, so he dresses as Spider-Man underneath his street clothes....just in case! Norman greets Peter with a firm and unsettling handshake. As the evening progresses, it becomes clear to Peter that Norman realizes he is the Goblin, and this dinner is just part of a sick and twisted plan.

After physically menacing Peter with a discreetly placed punch to the gut, Peter excuses himself to call Aunt May. While in the office pretending to place the call, Peter tosses a ball of webbing into the fireplace, causing smoke to billow into the apartment. Everyone races outside, fearing a fire. In a rage, Norman shouts out to Peter that he's going to head over to his Aunt May's house and terrorize her. Peter races outside and changes into Spider-Man. Eventually, he catches up to the Goblin and a battle ensues, with a frantic fight to keep the Goblin from reaching May.

A Goblin bomb goes off next to Spidey with a psychedelic gas that causes him to hallucinate. He overcomes his bad trip through his will power and launches a strong counter-attack, keeping the Goblin on the defensive long enough to use his own psychedelic pumpkin bomb against him. He forces the Goblin to face his own demons and pushes his memory of his identity - and Spider-Man's - back into his subconscious. He takes the limp body of Norman Osborn back to the hospital.

III: House Ad

Pages: 1

Description: Next issue pin-up for "The Mystery of the TV Terror!"

--synopsis by Gormuu

Issues Reprinted
Amazing Spider-Man #62-67, Annual #5, Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #1-2

Click on cover image to learn more about each issue.


ASM #62

SSM #1

ASM #63

ASM #64

ASM #65

ASM #66

ASM #67

SSM #2

Ann #5


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