Mainstream Earth-616 Biography
Norman Osborn was just a child when he first became obsessed with acquiring wealth and power. His father, a failed business inventor who claimed that he was swindled out of his inventions and personal fortune, took out his rage on Norman. Norman realized that he could not depend on his father for financial security, so he began working after school and saving every cent he earned. He would not allow himself to become a failure like his father. Norman studied chemistry and electrical engineering in college, and took a number of courses in business administration. One of his teachers, Professor Mendel Stromm, became good friends and later formed a business partnership with Norman. Since Norman put up the bulk of the financing, they called their company Osborn Chemical (or Oscorp). Norman married his college sweetheart and they had a son. Unfortunately, his wife became ill. After she died, Norman buried himself in his work and rarely had time for his son. As the brilliant co-owner of the chemical manufacturer Oscorp, Norman Osborn, loving wealth and power, decided to take control and had his partner Stromm arrested when he found he was committing embezzlement, granting him complete control over the company and making Norman the official CEO of Oscorp. While going through Stromm's notes, he found a secret formula that would make him superhumanly powerful. However, his son Harry, tired of always being ignored and rejected by his father, switched the chemicals in the serum, which turned it green and caused it to explode in his face. Later, at the hospital, Norman found himself thinking more clearly than ever before, not knowing that he would slowly become insane. Attempting to achieve power beyond his wildest dreams, Norman planned to become the most powerful gang-lord of all by uniting all the independent gangs under his leadership in an attempt to gain control over all of New York's crime. To prove his power and establish his reputation, he decided to choose Spider-Man as his victim of choice, and sent two criminals, the Headsman and Scorcher, after Spider-Man. The two were soundly defeated, and then Norman decided to take matters into his own hands. Remembering a giant green goblin monster from childhood nightmares, he created a costume that reflected that monster, and he became the original Green Goblin.
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Green Goblin, first appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #14
Gold Goblin, first appearance: New Exiles Annual #1
Grey Goblin, first appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #514
Menace, first appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #549
House of M Goblin, first appearance: House of M #1