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Ned Leeds

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Ned was a normal man who engaged in regular exercise, which increased to more intensive levels after assuming the role of the Hobgoblin. When brainwashed, he wore the Hobgoblin's uniform and used his glider and equipment. Hobgoblin equipment includes Jack O'Lantern bombs, razor bats, and electrical shock gloves. Since Ned Leeds did not take the Goblin Formula as Kingsley did, he had no healing factor or superhuman strength.

Ned Leeds was a highly intuitive and effective investigative reporter as evidenced by his ability to locate the Goblin Lair and discover the identity of the Hobgoblin, a feat which had eluded Spider-Man. Leeds was actually more effective in his role than his successor, Jason Macendale, despite that Macendale used more sophisticated equipment and had augmented strength.

Ned had a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, and was a master of deductive reasoning and investigation.

Ned Leeds appeared early in Peter Parker's life as a reporter for the Daily Bugle. Frequently, he and Peter would struggle for the affections of Bugle Secretary Betty Brant, and eventually Ned won and married her. Ned became city editor for the paper, and hints were dropped that the couple's marriage was anything but happy.

When Spider-Man battled the Hobgoblin, Ned followed him to the villain's hideout to see the villain unmasked as Roderick Kingsley. When Kingsley realized Ned was present, he captured and brainwashed the unlucky reporter, deciding it would be better to have a scapegoat in case he became unmasked.

Ned Leeds approached Richard Fisk, son of the Kingpin, to find out about his father. Discovering that Richard hated his father, Leeds helped him create a secret identity as the crime boss The Rose. Kingsley, wanting to become the new crime leader, wanted Ned to knock the older Fisk off his throne so he could have it.

Ned's regular brain washings by Kingsley caused his marriage and his professional relationships to fall apart. Increasingly mentally unstable, Ned caused Betty to find solace in Flash Thompson, a former rival to Peter Parker.

Eventually Flash made statements about the Hobgoblin, and Kingsley staged events so Flash was revealed as the enigmatic villain. Meanwhile, Ned decided to turn Richard Fisk's identity as the Rose to his father, and Kingsley decided in turn that Ned was no longer needed as the Hobgoblin. After Flash was cleared of being the Hobgoblin, Kingsley let the New York underworld empire know that Ned was actually the Goblin, and Jason Macendale had Ned's throat cut by the Foreigner in West Germany so Macendale could become a new incarnation of the orange hooded villain. Ned died still separated from his former wife. Ned is still considered deceased.


First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #18

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Issue Appearances:
Dark Reign: Mister Negative (2009)
Dark Reign: The Goblin Legacy (2009)
John Romita's The Amazing Spider-Man Artist's Edition (2011)
Marvel Illustrated Books (1981)
Marvel Tales (1964)
Marvel Team-Up (1972)
Marvels (1994)
Power Pack (1984)
Secret Wars II (1985)
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane (2006)
Spider-Man vs. Wolverine (1987)
Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives (1997)
Spider-Man: Lifeline (2001)
Spider-Man: The Lost Years (1995)
Spider-Man/Deadpool (2016)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2015)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2018)
The Best of Marvel Comics (1987)
The Clone Conspiracy (2016)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
True Believers: Spider-Man - Wedding Aunt May And Doc Ock (2019)
Web of Spider-Man (1985)
Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man (1999)
What If? (1977)

Group Affiliation(s):
Daily Bugle (Marvel)

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