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COMIC LEGEND: The Goblin in Spider-Man 2099 was revealed to be someone other than who Peter David intended it to be.
In Amazing Spider-Man #289, Peter David was given the unenviable task of revealing the identity of the Hobgoblin, a reveal that was different from each of the two previous writers to write the Hobgoblin (his creator, Roger Stern, and Tom DeFalco, who took over Amazing Spider-Man from Stern – read an old Comic Book Legends Revealed I did on the topic for more info)…
Oddly enough, years later Peter David would be on the other side of this situation, as he introduced a mysterious Green Goblin character into his Spider-Man 2099 series…
A few issues later, Spider-Man punches the Goblin…
And in the next issue, supporting cast member Father Jennifer has suspicious bruises…
However, in Spider-Man 2099 #44, an issue credited to David (his last issue on the title), it looks like he is revealing that Spider-Man 2099’s brother is the Green Goblin and not Father Jennifer!
While credited, though, Peter David did not write that dialogue! Here he is on usenet back when the issue was released…
I did not write that dialogue. I repeat…I DID NOT WRITE THAT DIALOGUE. Those are not, and never were, my words. Gabriel was not, and never was, the Goblin (I mean, how freakin’ *obvious* would that have been?) I always intended Father Jennifer to be the Goblin. My scripting simply read, “Go in peace, my son. We were fortunate to escape the deluge,” etc.” The clumsily tossed in line of dialogue… was not mine. It makes no sense. Why in God’s name would Gabe shlep the thing to Father Jennifer and leave it with her? That comes out of absolutely nowhere…whereas the notion of Father Jennifer being the Goblin (right down to her having bruises after the fight with Spider-Man) was carefully set up.
It is pretty funny how Jennifer’s reaction does not match her dialogue at all.
Later on, David had the opportunity to fix this change. That’s a matter for another day and another column, though!
Thanks to Peter David for the info!
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