Monday, August 10, 2009
Hobgoblin & Scarlet Spider
If you ask a comic book fan to name one story that epitomizes everything that was wrong with 90's comic book excess, and assuming they haven't blocked it from their memories, chances are good that they'll mention the Clone Saga from Spider-man.
This isn't the first minimate made from a Clone Story character, but it's the most emblematic of the story: The Scarlet Spider. The superhero alter-ego of Ben Reilly, the clone of Peter Parker/Spider-man who turned out to not actually be a clone but the real Peter Parker, until it was revealed that maybe he was a clone after he dies, although not until after he took over as Spider-Man in all the Spider-Man comics and fought Superboy in that Marvel vs. DC crossover.
Man it was a stupid story.
Hobgoblin is included here in part because he played a small role in the Clone Saga as an errand boy, but also because he's easy to make using parts they already had.
I've really wanted these guys because I hold a special place in my heart for the insantiy of 90's comics. But it's taken me a long time to get these guys. They were released as an FYE exclusive, and were in short supply. There wasn't an FYE in my area when these were released, so thank you ebay and your marked up grey market.