Hobgoblin story. This article takes seperate interviews from Roger Stern, John Romita, Jim Shooter, Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz ,Peter David and Jim Owsley (aka Christopher Priest) over 14 pages. This helps explain many things, such as the confusion of the Hobgoblins ID, the reason it dragged on WAY too long, why there were so many annoying fill ins marring the wonderful DeFalco/Frenz run and why they quit, the reason Ned Leeds was killed 4 months before being revealed as the Hobgoblin, and the reason for the Hobgoblin Lives mini series.
Basically, the bad guy in the whole thing appears to be Owsley. Owsley has his POV, but every other person interviewed (at different times) have pretty much the same story blaming Owsley. For Anybody who wants to read BI #35, I am going to discuss some things that you may want to read for yourself:
Basically, Stern wanted the Hobby to be Rod Kingsley from the get go, but Defalco didn't think he worked since Kingsley and Hobby appeared together (which Stern had an answer for) After Owsley became editor he basically (according to everyone) became a pain in the ass. He kept scheduling fill in's saying DeFalco & Frenz were late, when according to Virginia Romita they were 6 months ahead! Owsley demanded to know who Hobby was so Defalco told him Ned Leeds (which was not true). Eventualy defalco & Frenz were kicked off the book and according to Peter David, Owsley killed off Ned Leeds just to piss off DeFalco. Now Owsley wanted David to wrap up the Hobby story, but looking back there was nobody else who it could be but Leeds, since DeFalco purposley led people to believe it WAS Leeds. Apparently DeFalco wanted Hobby to be Richard Fisk, but everytime he tried giving hints the sub plots were removed by Owsley (because it was a secret from him) Confused yet?
Anyways, Peter David finally convinced Owsley that it HAD to be Ned, and it was a unique story- to reveal the Hobgoblin as a dead character. The whole thing was a total mess. As Roger points out (and I'd love to hear him comment on this post) Ned didn't work form the get go. Would a thug go to Leeds with the info of the Hobgoblins lair? And would Leed's kill theguy- with a bomb?? This never made sense to me either! So Roger eventualy got to do his take on the story
Theres a ton of details, but I found it an incredible read. In my opinion, I liked the idea of Richard Fisk being the Hobgoblin and Kingsley being the Rose. i wish it went down that way, but apparently we can blame Jim (Christopher j Priest) Owsley for the mess, if you believe Stern, DeFalco, Frenz, Shooter, David and John jr and Virginia Romita over him- which I do
so if DeFalco had his wauy, Fisk would be the Hobgoblin and Kingsley the Rose.