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Subj: Re: Do We Really Know Anything About Roderick Kingsley, Should We Get Any Background For/On Him?
Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 at 07:39:09 pm EST (Viewed 277 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Do We Really Know Anything About Roderick Kingsley, Should We Get Any Background For/On Him?
Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 at 06:08:28 pm EST (Viewed 312 times)

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Far as I recall he studied Osborn's journals and read the manual for the Winkler device.

Lefty Donovan was his first target and it worked well enough. Leeds was a later version but was he just a decoy for the assassin's attack or was he used more then that?

In recent years his twin was suited up and killed and then another decoy was killed and we see Kingsley brain twisting yet another.

At this point I would say he is quite adept with the machine except for one class that he likely cannot compensate for.....the fear of death.

Most of the decoys when faced with death tend to get terrified and that disrupts the brain twisting.

Leeds called out for Spiderman to help him.

Kingsley brother and later decoy also had this problem. To me that is the clue that it wasn't Kingsley that got killed

The only time that Leeds appears as the Hobgoblin (except for flashbacks) were Amazing Spider-Man #'s 284-288 (Gang War storyline), 289 (flashback of death..showing him in costume....did the Foreigner's men change him out of his goblin gear and into street clothes, or was this a retcon (of a couple of months) to fit Leeds as Hobby...that's always been my thought) and Power Pack #29.

Again, this is kind of retconned in the fact that in the above issues, Hobgoblin acts much differently than in other, he is more irrational and given to emotional swings.

I think that editorial felt that these issues didn't gel with the rest of his story (and probably felt that the mystery of his identity was dragging on....I was only 13 at this time, but recall being told by comic store owners that the main reason customers were dropping the book was the tedious red herrings and out-right lies.)

I still think Hobgoblin is Spidey's best foe (Norman is a very close second), so no one will ever convince me that this was a boring and drawn out story....unlike this answer.


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