Landmark AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #238 to Get Facsimile Edition

Gimme some Hobgoblin!

Marvel has a Facsimile Edition headed your way this March — and it’s a fan favorite: The Amazing Spider-Man #238, featuring the first appearance of the Hobgoblin, by Roger Stern and John Romita Jr.

Dig the official solicitation info, released Wednesday by the publisher:

Written by ROGER STERN
Penciled by JOHN ROMITA JR.

From the shadow of evil past comes a terrifying new foe! When a bank robber flees from Spider-Man and disappears into the sewers, he finds the long-hidden secret hideout of the wall-crawler’s one-time arch-enemy: the Green Goblin! Norman Osborn’s secrets could be worth more than the contents of any bank vault — and soon, a shadowy figure takes possession of the costume, the weapons and, of course, the jet-glider! But this mystery menace can’t resist putting his own horrific spin on the pernicious persona. The Green Goblin is no more — in his place now stands the Hobgoblin! And so begins one of the most acclaimed Spidey epics of all, courtesy of writer Roger Stern and legendary father-and-son artistic team of John Romita Sr. and John Romita Jr.! It’s one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, boldly re-presented in its original form, ads and all!

32 PGS./Rated T… $3.99

A few thoughts:

— The issue is due March 30, 2022.

— 2022 is the Hobgoblin’s 40th anniversary — though the original ish came out in Nov. 1982. For recurring 13th Dimension contributor Alex Segura’s INSIDE LOOK at the issue’s history, click here.

Standard Price Comparison: Originals demand serious buck. An unslabbed, high-grade copy with an insert for something called Tattooz recently sold for $784 on eBay. A decent one without the Tattooz ad sold for about $255. (I doubt the Facsimile Edition will have the insert, but whatevs.)


— ENTER THE HOBGOBLIN: Stern and Romita Jr.’s Superb Achievement. Click here.

— Yet Another Round of MARVEL EPIC COLLECTIONS Set for 2022. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. back from when spiderman comics still made sense and were still enjoyable to read

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  2. Bought this on the newstand. Still have it too!
    Anyway, a Tattooz is a small, water borne tattoo. Similar to a model decal. You wet a spot and press the image to your skin. It washed off after awhile.

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  3. As someone who, back then, removed the Tatooz (putting a little slice in the back cover at the time) and then passed on a replacement copy (maybe $60 in 2013), this will have to be my consolation prize.

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