> Due to my love for the Hobgoblin, I'm re-reading the Macendale as Hobgoblin back issues. I know a lot of people didn't like him, but I'm kind of surprised that he HASN'T come back. And frankly, it doesn't seem like he ever will.
When he originally took over the identity, I was intrigued, but thought that the stories grew uninspired after a pretty short period of time. I don't know that he will ever come back as Hobgobline, since we have the original to return to at some point if they choose to use the character. I wouldn't mind seeing him back as the Jack O'Lantern, but a recent Punisher issue makes me wonder if the guy in the costume was him or another person entirely.... and if he will return.
>The best Macendale stories were probably by Gerry Conway and Howard Mackie. I know that he was the Jack O'Lantern ahead of time, but I never really read any of those issues. Were him and Spidey always enemies?
I'm not an internet research guy, so don't use it to verify facts. I can tell you that he and Spidey had sparred at least a few times previous to his transformation. He showed up wayyyy back in the original Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man series......
>And was he a killer even as Jack O'Lantern?
I don't recall that he was a killer per say. I do know that he became much deadlier and maniacal when he took over the Hobby persona.
>Also, how did Spidey and other characters find out Macendale was the Hobgoblin, and that he ordered Ned Leeds to be killed (I assume this was in the Peter David written Hobgoblin issue, which I never read.)?
Actually, Macendale had nothing to do with Ned's frame-up and death. That was the Foreigner. Ned's death was revealed in Amazing Spider-Man, but the full revelation of the events that took place occured in the Spider-Man/Wolverine 1-shot from the late 1980's.
> Actually, Macendale had nothing to do with Ned's frame-up and death. That was the Foreigner. Ned's death was revealed in Amazing Spider-Man, but the full revelation of the events that took place occured in the Spider-Man/Wolverine 1-shot from the late 1980's.>
Incidentally, one of my favorite Spidey stories, and Wolvie stories as well ("There goes that smile again".). That was the issue where Ned DIED, but it just showed him dead, not anything to do with Macendale or the Hobgoblin.