There's always going to be a debate about who's the greatest supervillain in the comic universe. We even can boil that down further to the argument of who's the greatest Spider-Man villain. Or the question, who is Spidey's true archenemy? But when it comes down to it, there is no villain who has caused Peter Parker more pain and trouble than the Green Goblin. The first time we ever saw the Green Goblin was in 1964, in The Amazing Spider-Man #14. He was sick and twisted, unhinged and unpredictable.
Initially, the Green Goblin's identity was kept secret and there were a few different stories out there about who he was originally supposed to be—in the minds of the creators, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, at least. Regardless, Ditko left the series after issue #38 and John Romita Sr. picked up where he left off. In the very next issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, the new Marvel duo revealed that the Green Goblin's secret identity was Norman Osborne, Peter Parker's friend Harry's father
Over the years, the Green Goblin costume has been taken up by several characters. There's also been some offshoots of the character, like the Hobgoblin. Yet, most of the evil deeds, the worst of the worst, have been performed by none other than Norman, so we'll try to focus on that. In fact, some of the most shocking events in comic history have come at the ends of Norman Osborne/The Green Goblin, so there's no shortage of heinous acts to choose from for this list. There are also some events which have been ostracized from the Spider-Man canon, so we will also tread lightly where necessary. Norman Osborne has died, come back, killed many and maimed more. He's conniving, powerful and psychotic. But what are the most terrible things he's ever done? Here are the worst of the worst of the Green Goblin's deeds: the 15 most heinous acts committed by the Green Goblin.
15 Tortured Spidey
14 Used Numerous Test Subjects
13 Cruel Treatment Of Harry
12 Spidey's Parent Decoys
11 Made A Fake Aunt May
10 Killed Songbird's Mother
9 Killed Ben Reilly
8 Turned Carlie Cooper Into Monster
7 Buried Aunt May Alive
6 Intoxicated Flash Thompson
5 Killed Seward Trainer
4 Kidnapped Peter's Baby
3 Killed The Wife Of A Security Guard
2 Killed His Dog
1 Killed Gwen Stacy
Of course it's the worst thing that the Green Goblin has ever done. It's one of the worst things any villain has ever done and it marked the end of the Silver Age of comics. "The Night Gwen Stacy Died" is one of the most famous story arcs in comic history and it ran through The Amazing Spider-Man #121–122. It started with the Green Goblin abducting Peter Parker's love and luring Spider-Man to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge. From there, the Green Goblin threw Stacy from the top, which caused Spider-Man to sling a web and catch her before she hit the water. Unfortunately, when he pulled her back up, he saw that she was dead, killed from whiplash due to the sudden stop. Many fans argue that this was the turning point for comics, that if someone purely innocent like Gwen Stacy could die than anyone was fair game. This wrinkle led to the Bronze Age of comics, which are considered grittier and darker than the comics that came before them.
Sources: MarvelWikia; TheGreenGoblinsHideout
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