Who is the Red Goblin?

Early on it was assumed that Norman Osborn, who recently bonded with the Carnage Symbiote, was the character who would become the Red Goblin. Spec has been furious on when the character would appear. When it was discovered that Carnage had freed Norman of the nanobots that prevented him from becoming Green Goblin, people started thinking. 

When Amazing Spider-man #797 (available on eBay) was released, we saw Norman Osborn run the Goblin King through, to what was believed to be his death, but the action took place off panel.

The Amazing Spider-man #799 Clayton Crain Variant (available on eBay) from ComicXposure, seen to the left, has both the Green Goblin and Red Goblin on the cover.

This has lead people to speculate that Norman isn’t the Red Goblin and it could be Phil Urich, aka the Goblin King, who could be the Red Goblin. If Phil does become the Red Goblin then his first appearance in Web of Spider-Man #125 (available on eBay)  could be worth the $3 price tag.


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33 Responses to Who is the Red Goblin?

  1. OC_GUY says:

    That Web of Spider-man also has two covers…One with a hologram thingie on it the other without.

  2. Alana says:

    So can everyone please stop selling 794, 795, 796, 797 as first RedGoblin!! Tired of seeing this false information posted on a every eBay listing for these books.

    • Richard Guevara says:

      Oh gosh i truly hope it’s not Osborne! The comic read and literally said “we are carnage” not we are “red goblin”. Heck they don’t even look the same, other than being red that is.

      I know there’s been quite a few speculators thumping that 795 was Red Goblins first app. I would love it to be to just be like yeah nope, good luck on those returns you’ll be getting soon enough for false details/descriptions in your listings.

    • agentpoyo says:

      I listed mine as “beginning of red goblin”…..

    • Anthony says:

      I have been selling the 796 like crazy. But am not saying first Red Goblin.

  3. Richard Guevara says:

    Man and i passed on that book for a $1 a few weeks ago. Saw the shiny thingy on the cover and was like this is cool. But i don’t know anything about it and just left it.

  4. Normat9! says:

    This would be shocking news if the Goblin King turns out to be the Red Goblin. As a reader of comics I am loving it but as a speculator not so much. Dan Slot going out with a bang. Bravo.

  5. AM says:

    Ha, somebody really jumped on your spec as eBay is pretty much cleared out of WSM 125!

  6. Josias Ocampo says:

    Anyone else still have money on Harry Osborn?

  7. TopherS says:

    Why not Ned Leads, he just returned after 20 years….hmmmmmm…..

  8. over inflated bubba says:

    going to be aunt may

  9. Brian Springman says:


  10. Dave says:

    Ghost Rider / Carnage mashup.

    • Dave says:

      Second guess is a venomized thanos with an adamantium skeleton as part of the weapon T program.

  11. Uncle Willie says:

    However the “big reveal” shakes out, there seems to be a consensus toward “Amazing Spider-Man #798” / April 4th .. as the one .. if order numbers I’m hearing are true, I don’t know if this issue will have any real spec value, even out of the gate .. Slott’s got 3 issues left ..

    • agentpoyo says:

      The real winner out of all of this, is the readers and Amazing Spider-Man fans who dont have to endure Dan Slott writing any longer.

      Ding Dong Dan is GONE….. Dan is gone, oh Dan is gone. Ding Dong oh Dan is gone he is….. (Yes, I was changing the Wizard of Oz the witch is dead lyrics singing that out loud).

    • JayClue says:

      Marvel informed retailers about a week and half ago that 798 will be the 1st RG. That has been confirmed. Diamond then extended the FOC for the book. You’re probably right in the fact that there is not much meat lefton the ASM798 spec bone.

      • Uncle Willie says:

        I don’t know why I continue to get this flashback to the mid 1990’s just before the Market Meltdown .. and the Publishers are doing exactly the same things they did back then ..

      • agentpoyo says:

        Its human nature I think… We just seem to never learn from our past mistakes and that goes beyond comics.

  12. OC_GUY says:

    It’ll be the chubby kid from Amazing Spiderman #263! What a twist!

  13. danpiercy says:

    G A R B A G E

  14. Corey A. says:

    My vote is for Emily Osborn. We find out after all these years she was never dead….

  15. timber72 says:

    The word is “led”, “Lead” is the element, not the past tense of “to lead” (LEED.)

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