Real Name: Inapplicable
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-96201) human mutate/human-demon hybrid, technology user
Group Membership: None
Known Relatives: Spider-Man (Peter Parker, component), Hobgoblin (Jason Philip Macendale Jr, component)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed
First Appearance: Spider-Man Arachniphobia toyline (1996)
Powers/Abilities: The Spider-Goblin's powers are largely unrevealed, but it seems reasonable to assume that he possesses enhanced strength and agility similar to that of his components. His costume retained holding pouches, but whether or not he continued to use devices such as pumpkin bombs or web-shooters is also unrevealed. His feet and hands bear large claws and his tongue is forked and prehensile. The Spider-Goblin's means of transportation is a large mechanical Techno-Spider, which he rides by standing on (as per the Hobgoblin's glider).History: (Spider-Man Arachniphobia toyline) - Learning of an experimental matter transporter stored at an Oscorp facility, the Hobgoblin atempted to steal it. He was discovered by Spider-Man, but, when the hero tackled Hobgoblin, the unstable transporter exploded, somehow merging the foes into a single entity. Calling himself the Spider-Goblin, he proceeded to have an extremely chaotic existence - it was said that he was so unpredictable that not even he knew what he'd do next.
Comments: Created by unknown Toy Biz employees.
The Arachniphobia (sic) line was less an attempt to make toys of any particular Marvel characters as it was to introduce a larger price point and take advantage of children's enthusiasm for monsters. (The corresponding X-Men line, Mutant Monsters, meanwhile, took advantage of the ensemble nature of that property, and thus consisted of Dark Beast, Sugar Man, and...Wolverine as a giant werewolf. Well, two out of three ain't bad.) A possible inspiration for the line can be found in Fleer's 1995 Spider-Man trading cards, which featured a subset called Arachnophobias (spelled correctly) that depicted a number of merged Spider-Man enemies.
The Hobgoblin forming part of Spider-Goblin, although not explicitly identified, can be assumed to be Macendale because Spider-Goblin is clearly part demon from his fairly grotesque anatomy. Obviously this story probably did not happen in the 616, although if either the Spider-Goblin or Man-Lizard was returned to normal, it could have happened on an Earth-Arachniphobia. In fact, it's not impossible that all the Arachniphobia/Arachnaphobias characters share a single continuity.
Early images of Spider-Goblin show him riding his giant "Crawling Techno-Spider", but when the toy was actually released, the spider was nowhere to be seen. Similarly, Vampider was originally going to be a conventional Venom black instead of the toy's final reddish color, and Man-Lizard had four large and two small arms instead of the reverse. The changes to Spider-Goblin and Man-Lizard can obviously be explained as cost issues, but Vampider's color change is a bit more inexplicable. (The image at left is probably a scan of earlt Toy Biz retailer material, but I don't know where I got it originally - if it's yours, please let us know.)
The photo of Spider-Goblin was taken by David Willis.
Profile by LV!
Clarifications: Spider-Goblin has no known connections to:
Original photography of Spider-Goblin figure
Spider-Man Arachniphobia toyline (1996)
First Posted: 01/03/2005
Last Updated: 02/21/2022
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