The Green Goblin is a fictional character, a supervillain who appears in stories published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #14 (July 1964) and was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko.
Although many characters have taken up this mantle, the most well-known is the original Green Goblin, Norman Osborn. Norman Osborn was originally an industrialist that took a serum which enhanced his physical abilities and intellect but also drove him to insanity. He adopted a Halloween-themed appearance, dressing in a goblin costume, riding on a bat-shaped "Goblin Glider", and using an arsenal of high-tech weapons, notably grenade-like "Pumpkin Bombs", to terrorize New York City. He is one of Spider-Man's most persistent foes, and many consider him to be one of the archenemies of Spider-Man, being directly responsible for numerous tragedies in Spider-Man's life, such as the death of Gwen Stacy and the Clone Saga. He is also the lead protagonist of the company-wide "Dark Reign" storyline.
The character has gained much recognition and reception as a classic comic book supervillain and comic book character appearing in other media. He was ranked number 19 on Wizard Magazine ' s Top 100 Greatest Villains Ever list and 27th on its Top 200 Comic Book Characters list. In 2009, Norman Osborn was also ranked as IGN's 13th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. He also placed #11 on GuysNation's Top Villains of All Time. Comics journalist and historian Mike Conroy writes of the character: "Of all the costumed villains who've plagued Spider-Man over the years, the most flat-out unhinged and terrifying of them all is the Green Goblin."
According to Steve Ditko, the Green Goblin, as we know him, was entirely his creation. He claims:
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