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Hobgoblin (II)

Real Name: Roderick Kingsley
Occupation: Retired professional criminal, former businessman, former owner of Kingsley, Inc.
Identity: Secret
Legal Status: Unknown
Other Aliases: None
Place of Birth: Unknown
Marital Status: Unknown
Known Relatives: Daniel Kingsley (brother)
Group Affiliation: Ally of the Rose
Base of Operations: New York City
First Appearance: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #238

History: Fleeing from Spider-Man, bank robber George Hill stumbled across a hidden lair of Normal Osborn, who led a criminal career as the original Green Goblin. This hideout contained one of the Goblin's costumes, much of his weaponry and equipment, and many of his notes and private journals. Realizing the value of what he had found, Hill led another man, whose identity as yet remains unknown, to the hideout in return for a promise of future remuneration. The unknown man and Hill removed everything of importance from the hideout and then destroyed it by arson. The unknown man then murdered Hill and set about looting Osborn's other lairs, whose locations he found in Osborn's journals.

The unknown man decided to use Osborn's equipment and knowledge to become a costumed criminal known as the Hobgoblin. As the Hobgoblin he wears an altered, differently colored version of the original Green Goblin costume.

Realizing that Osborn's old lairs were systematically being looted, Spider-Man began tracking down the thief, and found the Hobgoblin raiding another of the hideouts. It was here that the Hobgoblin and Spider-Man first clashed, and the Hobgoblin, injured, narrowly made his escape.

The Hobgoblin next hired criminals to steal chemicals stored in an Osborn Manufacturing warehouse, which, he had learned from Osborn's journal, would give him superhuman strength such as Osborn himself is alleged to have possessed. The Hobgoblin was able to use the chemicals to give himself even greater strength than the original Goblin supposedly had.

The Hobgoblin attempted to blackmail various millionaire businessmen. In a subsequent clash between the Hobgoblin and Spider-Man in one of the former's lairs, Osborn's journals were burned up. The Hobgoblin had not made any copies, and, apparently, if Osborn had written down Spider-Man's true identity, which he knew, in the journals, the Hobgoblin had never read the section of the journals revealing it. Later, the Hobgoblin formed an alliance with the criminal leader known as the Rose in order to increase the latter's organization's power enough to rival the might of the Kingpin of Crime and also in order to destroy Spider-Man. To the former end, the Hobgoblin helped the Rose take control of many of New York City's major illegal gambling operations. The Rose, however, intended to have the Hobgoblin killed once he no longer needed him.

At present the Hobgoblin where about is unknown.

Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Eyes: Unknown
Hair: Unknown

Known Superhuman Powers: Through chemical means the Hobgoblin has given himself superhuman strength whose exact extent is unknown, but which is said nearly to equal that of Spider-Man, who can lift (press) about 10 tons.

Weaponry: The Hobgoblin uses a large variety of weaponry, most of which he has adapted from the arsenal of the original Green Goblin. He utilizes various concussion and incendiary grenades, constructed in the form of miniature jack o’lantern. One of the incendiary grenades ignites almost soundlessly, and releases enough heat to melt through a 3-inch thick sheet of steel. He also carries a variety of smoke and gas emitting bombs, which are each surrounded by a light plastic mantle that flutters like a wraith when the bomb is thrown. The Hobgoblin has improved upon a chemical discovery of the original Goblin's that can neutralize Spider-Man's extrasensory "spider-sense." The Hobgoblin's version can neutralize this power of Spider-Man's for a time period of somewhere over 24 hours, possibly over 36. The Hobgoblin also has a number of casehardened razor-edged throwing blades, which are forged into batwing shapes. The Hobgoblin carries much of his small, portable weaponry in his shoulder bag.

The Hobgoblin's gloves are interwoven with micro-circuit powered conducting filaments capable of channeling pulsed discharges of 10,000 volts of high frequency electrical power from rechargeable power packs in both his glove cuffs and costume tunic. They have the capacity to discharge for up to five minutes of sustained fire before depleting their power supply. Recently, the Hobgoblin has added a device triggered by pressing an area on his tunic. This activates a computerized firing mechanism which causes his arm to move about in an apparently random manner, rapidly firing electrical discharges from his glove. The Hobgoblin designed this device in order that Spider-Man could not use his spider-sense to evade his blasts.

Transportation: The Hobgoblin rides a one-man, miniature turbo-fan powered, vertical thrust "goblin-glider," capable of great maneuverability and speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. It is capable of supporting about 400 pounds, including Hobgoblin's weight (and far more for very brief moments of time). Top speed and a full normal load will exhaust the fuel supply in about 1 hour. The main micro-processor assisted manual controls are behind the "head" of the glider and there are also voice-activated radio linked controls integrated into the Hobgoblin's mask. The goblin-glider is steered primarily, however, by the weight and attitude of its rider. Hobgoblin's boots lock into the stirrups of the glider electro magnetically.

The Hobgoblin also uses a heavily armored battle van designed by Norman Osborn. The van is built for an average cruising speed of ninety miles an hour. It contains a computerized auto-guidance system, it would take a concussive force equal to an exploding mortar shell to begin to damage the windshield, which is made of a special reinforced jet age plastic, much less the heavier portions of the van. One battle van used by the Hobgoblin was destroyed when its self-destruct mechanism was triggered, but the Hobgoblin presumably has at least one more, or can reconstruct the van.

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