Personal Info:
Real Name: Ned Leeds
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: Unrevealed
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man Vol.1 289
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Ally of the Rose
Base Of Operations: New York City
Grudges: Spider-Man
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Goblin Glider: The Hobgoblin employs a turbo-fan powered flying sled.
Glove Blasters: The Hobgoblin wears gloves that discharge pulses of high-frequency electricity.
Pumpkin Bombs: The Hobgoblin uses explosive devices shaped like pumpkins that caused damage to anything within 20 feet.
Smoke Bombs: The Hobgoblin employs smoke bombs that he used to obscure areas.
Incendiary Bombs: The Hobgoblin uses Incendiary devices that release a volatile substance that induces fires.
Edward 'Ned' Leeds was a reporter for the New York Daily Bugle who married Betty Brant, the secretary to Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson. Betty's brother, Bennett Brant, had become involved with the criminal Doctor Octopus and died during a battle between Octopus and the costumed crime fighter Spider-Man. Betty unjustly held Spider-Man responsible for her brother's death. (Unknown to her, Spider-Man was actually Peter Parker, with whom she was in love with at the time of Bennet's death.) Ned Leeds also blamed Spider-Man for Bennett Brant's death and hoped to find a way to rid the world of Spider-Man in retribution.
At some point after Leeds married Betty Brant, Leeds was kidnapped and brainwashed by businessman Roderick Kingsley into thinking he was the original Hobgoblin. Kingsley then used Leeds as a puppet, forcing him to commit crimes and fight Spider-Man for him.
Under Kingsley’s direction, Leeds believed the following origin and early history: Bank robber George Hill, fleeing from pursuit by Spider-Man, stumbled across a hidden lair of the late Norman Osborn, who had led a criminal career as one of Spider-Man's greatest enemies, the original Green Goblin. The hide out contained one of the Goblin's costumes, much of his weaponry and equipment, many of his notes and private journals. Realizing the value of what he had found, Hill contacted Leeds and led him there in return for a promise of future remuneration. Leeds and Hill removed everything of importance from the hideout and then destroyed it by arson. Leeds then murdered Hill and set about looting Osborn's other lairs, whose locations he found in Osborn's journals. Leeds decided to use Osborn's equipment and knowledge to become a costumed criminal known as the Hobgoblin.