So what your saying is, Stern should never have wrote Spider-Man, because he put that plot point in his original run? Futhermore, your saying Stern should never have came back to revisit storyline that had an awful climax. Because that what the Hobgoblin Saga ended, awful. Here you had a thrilling rogue killed OFF PANEL and in A DIFFERENT COMIC.
What never should have been written was Ned being revealed as the Hobgoblin. It was stupid then as it was now. Futhermore, what your saying is a dude who actively played a part in the Hobgoblin Saga, who got "killed" also (people seem to forget the post issues in Web of Spidey that "cleared" the remainder of the Saga, yet left more holes).
Also remember when Stan Lee and Steve Ditko fought over who the original Green Goblin was going to be? Stan wanted someone close to Peter. Steve wanted someone who was a nobody. Stan won, Steve left the book.
To be the total anti-Green Goblin, the Hobgoblin had to be a nobody in Peter's life, Ned was a somebody. And even still you actually stomached the revelation what they gave with Ned as the Hobgoblin? Reading from Stern's to DeFalco's to PAD parts?
Im saying Sterns Hobgoblin Lives story was dumb. it's dumb to revist an old story just to retcon something with a character that no cared about then or now. It'd be like revisiting the Green Goblin reveal to reveal it was Betty's brother Bennet who died 40 yrs ago. Wooooo. awesome.
If stern wanted to do the reveal, he shouldnt have left the book.and the reveal would stupid enough then, but 20 yrs later, it's ridiculous. Let it go. No one was clamoring to redo the mystery.
By the time of the ned reveal, the hobgoblin character had been driven into the ground. the two issues of the reveal were well written but too little too late. the mystery had been dragged on too long
and now here comes stern even many more yrs later to do a reveal that is a big "Who gives a fuck"
and is just masturbation for the author.
Let's go retcon Who Shot JR because the reveal-Sue Ellen's sister-is stupid, and make it even dumber-some no name character no one ever used again
and he was never the anti-green goblin, he just thought he was. He went crazy. He made it personal. and he even got involved in the Osborn lives.
Excatly like the GG who prior to the reveal, was not crazy and did not have a personal vendetta against Spider-Man but simply wanted to take over the mob!
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