GREEN GOBLIN

Real Name: Barton "Bart" Hamilton

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Psychiatrist

Group Membership: New U clones (Big Man/Frederick Foswell, Jean DeWolff, Hitman/Burt Kenyon, Hobgoblin/Jason Macendale, Jack O'Lantern/Steve Levins, Kangaroo/Frank Oliver, Eduardo Lobo, Massacre/Marcus Lyman, Mirage/Desmond Charne, Montana/Jackson Brice, Mysterio/Francis Klum, Ox/Ronald Bloch, Prowler/Hobie Brown, Rose/Richard Fisk, Spencer Smythe, Spider-Slayer/Alistaire Smythe, George Stacy, Stilt-Man/Wilbur Day, Tarantula/Antonio Rodriquez, others)

Affiliations: Jackal (Ben Reilly), Mrs. Hastings, Rhino (Alexei Sytsevich)

Enemies: Green Goblin (Harry Osborn), Prowler (Hobie Brown clone), Silvermane (Silvio Manfredi), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spider-Woman (Gwen Stacy) (Earth-65), Gwen Stacy

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: A clinic on the Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York City

First Appearance: (Hamilton) Amazing Spider-Man I#167 (April, 1977)

Powers/Abilities: Hamilton was a skilled psychiatrist, and was particularly skilled in hypnotic regression therapy. As the Green Goblin, he wore bulletproof armor and employed a number of weapons as the Goblin, including explosive pumpkin bombs, electric discharging gloves, the high-voltage electro-bat, an entangling snake bolo, a wraith net (a "ghost" that expanded into a high-strength polymer net), and the deafening sonic toad; however, unlike previous Goblins, he did not subject himself to the Goblin formula, and thus did not possess their enhanced strength or regenerative powers. He used a flying goblin glider for transportation; when not riding it, he could control it via remote control.

Height: 6'0"
Weight: 195 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black

History: (Amazing Spider-Man I#167 (fb) / Amazing Spider-Man I#180 (fb) ) - After Harry Osborn had a mental breakdown and became the Green Goblin, he was entrusted to the care of psychiatrist Dr. Bart Hamilton. Hamilton placed him under hypnotic regression, whereupon Harry revealed all manner of secrets about his life as the Goblin that his conscious mind had forgotten - including the knowledge that his friend Peter Parker was actually Spider-Man. To verify Osborn's statements, Hamilton went to a warehouse that had served as his base of operations, and found a cache of Goblin gear. Upon testing the equipment out, Hamilton was immediately obsessed with studying the criminal mind from the criminal's point of view, and resolved to become the Green Goblin himself.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#150 - BTS / Amazing Spider-Man I#180 (fb) ) - To weaken Spider-Man, who he knew would oppose him, Hamilton hypnotized Harry to follow Spider-Man around; eventually, Harry found and photographed Spider-Man disposing of his seemingly deceased clone in a Brooklyn incinerating plant. Harry then mailed those photos to J. Jonah Jameson.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#167) - While out at the movies with a date in Far Rockaway, Hamilton spotted Harry in the parking lot and pulled over to say hello. Harry introduced him to his fiancee Liz Allan and his friend Flash Thompson. After a quick chat, Hamilton drove off.

(Amazing Spider-Man #169) - After another session, Hamilton told Harry that he'd come a long way since he began treatment. Hamilton saw Harry out when Liz came to pick him up.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#174) - After Harry had a nervous breakdown following a violent encounter between Liz and the Molten Man, Peter Parker and Flash took him to Hamilton's clinic. They explained the situation to Hamilton, who gave Osborn a sedative; they left Harry in Hamilton's care, confident that the doctor would help him. As they departed, Hamilton noted that Parker hadn't looked at all like he'd expected.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#175) - Still at Hamilton's clinic, Harry talked about what had transpired with Liz and the Molten Man, but Hamilton's comments took on a cruel, mocking tone, enraging Osborn. He leapt over Hamilton's desk and attacked him; the two grappled, but Hamilton emerged the victor - and swore that the time had come for the Green Goblin to live again!

(Amazing Spider-Man I#176) - Hamilton ransacked Osborn's apartment. When Osborn's roommate Flash Thompson came in, he confronted the masked Hamilton, believing he was Harry. Hamilton blasted him into unconsciousness, only to find himself face-to-face with Spider-Man. The Goblin tried to escape on his glider, but Spider-Man, who also believed the Goblin was Harry, leapt on it; unable to carry both of them, the glider slammed into the wall. Hamilton then hit Spider-Man with his electro-bat, but Spider-Man shrugged it off and hit the Goblin with a web-line, keeping him tethered so Spider-Man could rain blows upon him. Uninterested in Spider-Man at the moment, Hamilton grabbed the unconscious Thompson and hurled him out the window...

(Amazing Spider-Man I#177) - As Spider-Man leaned out of the window to save Thompson, the Goblin kicked him out of it, giving him time to escape on his glider. He departed to a warehouse in the Lower East Side, where he'd stashed the bound and hooded Harry Osborn. He explained his ambitions to rule the New York underworld, and, although he felt he owed Osborn a great deal from their psychiatric sessions, he'd gladly kill him if he needed to. The Goblin flew off, and began assaulting every gangster he could find until one of them revealed the location of the meeting being held that night by Silvermane to unite the city's gangs. Learning that it was at the World Trade Center's Top of the World restaurant, the Goblin crashed the meeting, challenging Silvermane for leadership. Silvermane set his hoods on the Goblin, but Hamilton made short work of them. Finally, he told the gangsters that he could eliminate Spider-Man, the biggest thorn in their side, once and for all - because he knew his secret identity!

(Amazing Spider-Man I#179 (fb) ) - The Goblin secretly planted a miniature transmitter on Silvermane, allowing him to track the crimelord.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#178) - With Silvermane's assurances that he would hear him out, the Goblin flew off to hunt down Spider-Man. He returned to the warehouse where he found Harry, still tied to a chair, had fallen over in an attempt to escape. After a brief rant about Spider-Man, Hamilton put Osborn upright again, and promised to kill him if he tried to escape again before flying off. He located Spider-Man swinging over Manhattan, and launched a pumpkin bomb at him; as the wall-crawler tried to regain his balance, the Goblin tried to strangle him with a snake bolo. Spider-Man tossed the snake aside, and the two exchanged blows until Spider-Man punched the Goblin through a billboard and swung off. Undeterred, Hamilton tossed a wraith net at Spider-Man, entrapping him in an unbreakable polymer net. The Goblin grabbed the net and flew off to meet with Silvermane...

(Amazing Spider-Man I#179) - As the Goblin flew off, Silvermane's men located him, and fired a bazooka at him, damaging both his glider and the wraith net. Spider-Man escaped, and the Goblin had to flee to his hideout. There, he retrieved a new glider and discarded his old one; he also berated Harry and knocked him to the floor. Flying off, he found Silvermane enjoying a performance at Radio City Music Hall. He attacked Silvermane and his bodyguards while the rest of the crowd fled, but soon Spider-Man intervened. The Goblin used his remote-controlled glider to knock the web-slinger off balance and took the fight to Silvermane, although the surprisingly-spry crimelord grabbed the Goblin, swung him into Spider-Man, then opened fire on the both of them. When Spider-Man disarmed Silvermane, the Goblin summoned his glider, grabbed the crimelord, and flew off to the cavernous venue's ceiling - only for Spider-Man to grab on as well. Unable to carry all three of them, the glider stalled, sending Hamilton, Spider-Man, and Silvermane plummeting to the ground...

(Amazing Spider-Man I#180) - As they fell, Spider-Man tried to spin a web-net; the Goblin activated his sonic toad, knocking Spider-Man out and giving the falling Goblin time to recover his glider and grab Spider-Man; he allowed Silvermane to hit the ground, where he was badly injured. The Goblin flew Spider-Man to the Brooklyn incinerating plant where Parker had disposed of his clone, intending to hurl him into its smokestack, as well. Instead, Spider-Man revived and escaped the Goblin's grip. He countered the Goblin's blasts with web-shields, then snagged his entire bag of tricks and flung it into the river. The Goblin slashed Spider-Man's web-line with a moon blade, then engaged him in hand-to-hand battle; Spider-Man emerged victorious, and unmasked his foe, revealing him as Bart Hamilton! Hamilton explained how he had come by the Goblin identity, only for them to be attacked by another Green Goblin - Harry Osborn, who'd used Hamilton's discarded glider to cut his bonds and free himself! Osborn challenged Hamilton to battle, even discarding his own bag of tricks so it would be a fair fight. The two battled, taking them from the air to the incinerator's conveyor belt, and the stronger, more experienced Osborn soon gained the upper hand; he rejected the Goblin identity, tearing the mask and costume from himself, which only spurred Hamilton on. He kicked Osborn aside, and pulled out a powerful pen-bomb he'd concealed in his glove. The unhinged Hamilton threatened to detonate it unless Osborn apologized to him...not realizing that the conveyor belt was about to carry him over the edge. Distracted by the fall, Hamilton failed to deactivate the bomb, and it exploded, destroying himself and a large portion of the incinerating plant.

(Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #2 - (fb) ) - Hamilton's body was retrieved by the new Jackal and cloned, along with dozens of Spider-Man's other friends and foes, as part of a plan to conquer death itself. They were housed in the Underworld, a subterranean section of the Jackal's New U headquarters in San Francisco, and given a daily pill to stave off clone degeneration.

(Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #2) - The Jackal unveiled Hamilton and the other resurrected villains to Spider-Man while he was on a tour of the New U facilities. When the Jackal's Gwen Stacy clone revealed that she was actually Earth-65's Gwen Stacy, who'd infiltrated New U, Hamilton and the other villains gave chase.

(Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #3) - As the villains spread out, Hamilton, Hobgoblin, and Jack O'Lantern took to the skies to search for Stacy and Spider-Man.

(Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #4 / Amazing Spider-Man IV#23 / Prowler II#4) - The Jackal moved the Goblin and the other clones to Haven, an idyllic small town built beneath the Transamerica Pyramid. As they lined up for their daily pill, the Jackal tried again to convince Spider-Man of the rightness of his campaign against death. When Spider-Man refused, he ordered the villains to kill him, much to Hamilton's pleasure. The Prowler, who the Jackal had also resurrected as a clone, joined Spider-Man and attacked the Goblin. Before long, however, the Jackal's erstwhile ally Dr. Octopus activated a device that triggered the mass degeneration of all the Jackal's clones, including Hamilton.

(Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #5) - Maddened by the agonizing degeneration, the Green Goblin, the Hobgoblin, and Jack O'Lantern tried to reach Warren's labs to find anti-degeneration drugs, despite the risk of infecting the world with the Carrion Virus. The Gwen Stacy clone heroically stopped them, however, holding them at bay the the cost of her own life. Hamilton and the others presumably perished.

Comments: Created by Len Wein, Ross Andru, and Mike Esposito.

Ah, Bart Hamilton. One of the Marvel Universe's many evil psychiatrists. He probably has the distinction of being the least competent, though.

While he was, uh, obviously not the best Goblin, he did have some cool and unique weapons that his predecessors never got around to using, like the sonic toad and the electro-bat.

Harry Osborn is masked from ASM #176-179, and the Goblin keeps referring to Hamilton in the third person, so we're clearly meant to believe that the Goblin is Harry and Hamilton is his captive. It didn't seem terribly convincing to me, but I was born long after this was published, so I've always known Hamilton as "that dude who was the Green Goblin for like five issues".

Hamilton may have been the Green Goblin in the Grandmaster's Legion of the Unliving, but given how many of the dudes there later turned out to have never been dead at all, they were probably all fakes.

Prior to his brief resurrection as clone cannon fodder, Bart Hamilton spent the decades after his death as the go-to guess for the secret identity of any mystery villain - kinda like lupus on the show House. Unlike lupus, however, it was never Bart Hamilton.

Given that the new Jackal's deal was cloning people from dead bodies, so as to psychometrically capture their memories right up to the point of death, someone must have done an amazing job piecing together anything that was left of Hamilton, considering that he exploded amidst a giant pile of garbage.

Profile by Minor Irritant.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Bart Hamilton, the third Green Goblin, has no known connections to:


Mrs. Hastings

(Amazing Spider-Man I#169) - Dr. Bart Hamilton paged his receptionist, Mrs. Hastings, to send in his next patient.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#176 (fb) ) - Hastings arrived at Hamilton's clinic to find his office ransacked and abandoned; she called the police.

Mrs. Hastings is never seen on-panel.

--Amazing Spider-Man I#169, 176


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Amazing Spider-Man #177, cover (main image)
Amazing Spider-Man I#174, p7, pan4 (unmasked headshot)

Amazing Spider-Man I#176, p15, pan4 (electro-bat)
Amazing Spider-Man I#180, p2, pan2 (sonic toad)

Amazing Spider-Man I#180, p16, pan1-2 (Hamilton's death)


Other Appearances:
Amazing Spider-Man I#167 (April, 1977) - Len Wein (writer/editor), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks)

Amazing Spider-Man I#169 (June, 1977) - Len Wein (writer/editor), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks)
Amazing Spider-Man I#174 (November, 1977) - Len Wein (writer/editor), Ross Andru (pencils), Jim Mooney & Tony DeZuniga (inks)
Amazing Spider-Man I#175 (December, 1977) - Len Wein (writer/editor), Ross Andru (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks)
Amazing Spider-Man I#176 (January, 1978) - Len Wein (writer/editor), Ross Andru (pencils), Tony DeZuniga (inks)
Amazing Spider-Man I#177 (February, 1978) - Len Wein (writer/editor), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks)
Amazing Spider-Man I#178 (March, 1978) - Len Wein (writer/editor), Ross Andru (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks)
Amazing Spider-Man I#179-180 (April-May, 1978) - Len Wein (writer/editor), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks)
Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #2-3 (January-February, 2017) - Dan Slott (writer), Jim Cheung (pencils), John Dell (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #4 (March, 2017) - Dan Slott (writer), Jim Cheung (pencils), John Dell & Cory Smith (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man IV#23 (March, 2017) - Dan Slott & Christos Gage (writers), Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils), Cam Smith (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Prowler II#4 (March, 2017) - Sean Ryan (writer), Javier Saltares (layouts), Jamal Campbell (pencils), Lorenzo Ruggiero (inks), Devin Lewis (editor)
Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #5 (April, 2017) - Dan Slott (writer), Jim Cheung (pencils/inks), John Dell & Jay Leisten (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)


First Posted: 10/31/18
Last Updated: 10/31/18

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