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Omar Karindu

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Subj: Re: Sinister Six question
Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 at 11:17:21 am EDT (Viewed 1 times)
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Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 at 08:04:32 am EDT

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> Just curious, why was the Green Goblin not in the original Sinister Six? Did Stan Lee/Steve Ditko just want to keep him unique/distance him from the rest of the villains...as they had bigger plans for him? Or did they just not have room in the group (sinister 7? \:\-\) ) Just curious is Stan had ever addressed this question before. It just seems odd that all of the other baddies were there...imagine: Doc Ock, Mysterio, Vulture, Sandman, Electro, and Green Goblin (instead of maybe Kraven for example).

The only thing I can think of is, all members of the Sinister Six had been defeated by Spider-Man and imprisoned for their crimes--a big factor in their desire for revenge. The Green Goblin had gotten away every time. Besides which, he was depicted as a planner, and the group only needed one of those.

-Comp

> > Just curious, why was the Green Goblin not in the original Sinister Six? Did Stan Lee/Steve Ditko just want to keep him unique/distance him from the rest of the villains...as they had bigger plans for him? Or did they just not have room in the group (sinister 7? \:\-\) ) Just curious is Stan had ever addressed this question before. It just seems odd that all of the other baddies were there...imagine: Doc Ock, Mysterio, Vulture, Sandman, Electro, and Green Goblin (instead of maybe Kraven for example).

The Chameleon was also left out despite his affiliation with Kraven in ASM #15 (probably because he wasn't a sufficiently physical adversary), as were the alien Tinkerer and the Living Brain, who were at that point still one-shot, 50s comics sorts of villains. Likewise, the Enforcers didn't turn up, because they were thugs, not supervillains.

> The only thing I can think of is, all members of the Sinister Six had been defeated by Spider-Man and imprisoned for their crimes--a big factor in their desire for revenge. The Green Goblin had gotten away every time. Besides which, he was depicted as a planner, and the group only needed one of those.
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> -Comp

Plus the Goblin was largely reserved for Ditko's organized crime plots, while all of the others save Doctor Octopus were solo villains. Even Ock was more in the line of a mad scientist than a mobster, for that matter.

It should also be noted that the Goblin concept hadn't been completely worked out by ASM Annual #1; his flying gadget, weaponry, and certain details of his appearance all change quite a bit before he turns up again in issue #17, which was meant to take place after the Sinister Six storyline.

I also suspect that the Goblin's mystery plot kept him away from the others, in that having him work openly with other supervillains would have thrown off his ongoing storyline. Amazing Spider-Man #18 has a sequence in which several of the Sinister Six villains don't even seem to have heard of the Goblin before his first public battle with Spidey. Remember, in #14, his only appearance prior to #17, the Goblin had made sure to battle Spidey in the desert, away from prying eyes.

- Omar Karindu

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