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LapsedFan

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Comicguy1

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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 21, 2018 at 07:38:02 pm EST (Viewed 296 times)
Reply Subj: Do We Really Know Anything About Roderick Kingsley, Should We Get Any Background For/On Him?
Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 at 07:04:07 pm EST (Viewed 295 times)

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Kingsley seems to just be there, but we never really got anything other than him being a ruthless or greedy businessman or crook, did we ever get deeper than that? With Norman, he's a great villain because we really understand him and we know his inner psyche and his motivations. Heck, it seems that Macendale and Leeds were the more fleshed-out Hobgoblins. I think that we should get at least something of an origin story for him and get into his mind. Other thoughts?

I don't come on this site much after a comment made by a Moderator on another board, but I do occasionally read the messages here. Yours caught my eye.

If you are interested in Kingsley...his first appearance is Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #43 (cover date June 1980). He is a fashion designer (and stereotypically portrayed as gay...though this is never followed up on). He is put in the story to be a victim of new villain...Belladonna (also her first appearance...last is #48). Kingsley is accused of stealing fashion designs and presented as a spineless toad...Spidey only reluctantly saves him.

While no more is ever stated about Kingsley's fashion business, it is the first clue as to the Hobgoblin's identity in Amazing Spider-Man #238. Hobby's comments that he dyed and re-designed Osborn's look.

Corrupt fashion designer to master criminal...far stretch? Certainly one of the more interesting back-stories of anyone. Hope that helps.

Jason


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