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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 293

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Here’s the most memorable moment from the first issue of Amazing Spider-Man drawn by John Romita, Sr.!

Amazing Spider-Man #39, written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jazzy John Romita, featured a major revelation (and one of the panels led to the inspiration for the classic cover of #39)….

It’s a good sequence over all, but I guess that reveal has to be “the” moment.

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“Those features!! That name!” Very cool moment though.

This is a cool sequence, to be sure, but wasn’t the reveal super lame at the time, since the Osborns were only the most minor of characters in ASM? I’ve never read #34 – #38, but I know Norman had not been introduced till after the Master Planner storyline in #33, and Harry only first appeared in a very minor role in #31.

Never read many of the Lee/Ditko or Lee/Romita comics, but it’s surprising to find out that Peter recognize Norman as “Norman” but as “Harry’s father.” I guess the movies embellished on that a little.

One of my favorite moments in the ’90s cartoon was when GG discovered Peter’s secret by following Spider-Man to an alley and later in a dinner at his house Norman acted like he knows nothing but shook Peter’s hand in a way that would’ve smashed a normal person’s palm. It was such a great moment. The first movie did kinda the same thing, as Norman suspected Peter and during a Thanksgiving dinner at Peter and Harry’s place he realized Peter’s secret when he saw his arm bleeding from the same spot he hurt Spider-Man earlier as Green Goblin.

“If only I could shake this feeling of–danger!”

Dude, that’s your Spider-sense, Pete. Haven’t you learned that by now?

Also, I remember looking through my old Spidey Masterworks, and there’s a scene in the Ditko run where JJJ is at some rich man’s club. With him is a man who looks a LOT like Norman. While I doubt he was intended to be Norman at the time, does anyone know if he was retconned to be so? If so, it would put Norman’s presence in the title a lot earlier than the sudden reveal here….

“Those features!! That name! Those cornrows!!!”

That was JRSR’s first issue on the title? That’s a sweet way to start.

Tom Fitzpatrick

October 21, 2009 at 6:27 am

Sooo, how did Norman Osborn find out Spider-man’s secret identity, comic-book wise?

I never did read Spider-man when I was a kid.

“Tortured by an unrelenting concern for his beloved aunt’s welfare…” Jeez, that just describes about 90% of the theme of forty years of comic books. Even as an eight year old watching Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, I recognized Aunt May for what she is: the biggest pain in the ass in comic book history. Seriously, there’s a nice countdown feature for this site. “Biggest Pains in the Ass in Comics”.

Also, it’s funny to me how far back the JJJ character we know today was established. His lines and scene with Peter here would’ve fit into Raimi’s movies without any changes.

i would go with the reveal for the look on peter face to learn under the mask of the green goblin was some one close to him. not to mention the sock when the green goblin revealed he knows he is spider man plus norman being the the green goblin sparked one of the biggest comic legends of them all was it the reason steve ditko quite spider man

“One of my favorite moments in the ’90s cartoon was when GG discovered Peter’s secret by following Spider-Man to an alley and later in a dinner at his house Norman acted like he knows nothing but shook Peter’s hand in a way that would’ve smashed a normal person’s palm. It was such a great moment.”

That scene came from the original comics, albeit a bit modified. From the time when Norman was amnesiac and only remembered ocasionally he was the Goblin. Best status quo the character ever had, since Peter had to convive socially with the guy, but there was always the suspense of “has Norman recovered his memory?”

Stan Lee was great!

Best,
Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

@Adam: If I remember correctly, the reason the Goblin was able to follow and eavesdrop on Spider-Man was because he hit him with a chemical or something that deadened his Spider-Sense. Hence, Peter only having a vague feeling of danger instead of his Spider-Sense screaming like crazy because Norman was spying on him.

Am I remembering correctly? Please don’t make me look it up.

I think it was a gas or chemical that took out his Spider-Sense. Kind of makes you wonder why the Goblin didn’t just use that same opportunity to use a gas or chemical that would, you know, kill him.

Real world logic really can spoil the fun sometimes.

What about the panel where Peter tries to use his webbing and thinks, “I forgot! I’m not wearing my costume!” A few panels later, he seems to be wearing the majority of his costume under his clothes. Yeah, his web-shooters, gloves and mask are in some “secret” pocket in his belt. Chalk it up to Stan writing dialogue under the “Marvel method” I suppose. Or does Pete consider most of his costume to just be his Underoos?
It is a cool scene anyway.

@Pedro: Jeph Loeb (when he was still good) used that greatly in Spider-Man: Blue. Yeah, I prefer that Norman over the crazed, overpowered maniac that sits on top of the world nowadays.

I’ve read that it was Stan’s insistence that Norman be the Goblin that finally drove Ditko to quit, but I don’t know how certain that is. I know they were fighting over a lot of story ideas by this point.
This was also the first story in which Peter began getting along with Harry and Gwen. I wonder if Stan had been pushing for that, with Ditko objecting.
For those of you who were unsure, this is only the second time Norman Osborn appeared (with the possible exception of the story Adam mentioned). He was just introduced two issues earlier.

A bat missile? Seriously? ^^ DC should have sued ^^

Mary wrote:
“I’ve read that it was Stan’s insistence that Norman be the Goblin that finally drove Ditko to quit, but I don’t know how certain that is.”

It’s on page 107 of Brian’s book; no doubt he can give the URL for its appearance in his column here and judge its veracity…

Jeph Loeb (when he was still good)

Jeph Loeb has never been good

used that greatly in Spider-Man: Blue.

Jeph Loeb has never used anything greatly.

No, that couldn’t sue for “bat missile”. Only if they spelled it “batmissile”. :)

“Also, I remember looking through my old Spidey Masterworks, and there’s a scene in the Ditko run where JJJ is at some rich man’s club. With him is a man who looks a LOT like Norman. While I doubt he was intended to be Norman at the time, does anyone know if he was retconned to be so? If so, it would put Norman’s presence in the title a lot earlier than the sudden reveal here….”

Ditko made it a habit to take background characters from one issue and then flesh them out in subsequent issues. Flash Thompson and Liz Allen both appear unnamed in Amazing Fantasy #15, for example. In that light it’s very likely Ditko chose that particular background character as the model for Osborn later on.

The ‘gentlemen’s club’ that JJJ belongs to has been visited a few times by other writers, notably showing Roderick and Daniel Kinglesy as members . I believe there’s dialogue also implies that Norman was a member as well. A bit of a retcon, but not a recent one either. Busiek used the ‘club’ a few times in Untold Tales of Spiderman, fully retconning that Norman was a member and that he and JJJ were friends. As far as I am aware UToS and Amazing Fantasy #16-18 are back in canon again — there are characters from UToS that are currently being used in Dark Reign such as the Headsman.

BTW, does anyone else think that the ‘modern’ coloring on that Amazing Spider-man art grates on the eyeballs? Where were those scans sourced from? (not a Masterworks, since this has the hallmarks of computer coloring).

Love, T. Not hate. Love.

Besides, I’m not Jeph Loeb’s biggest fan but what’s the point of bashing the guy if someone else likes him?

Have a good day.
John Cage

Just a slight correction to what Ocelot just said…. Flash Thompson WAS named in Amazing Fantasy #15, at least in the reprints I’ve read.

Dhole, I think the idea is that Norman wanted Peter to know who beat him.

Those features!! That name! That hair!!!

Best expository line ever: “Exactly forty seconds later–”

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