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Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 39
How Green Was My Goblin!
Comic Book series: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1
Issue Number: 39

Release Date:

August, 1966

Executive Editor:

Stan Lee

Cover Artist:

John Romita Sr.


Stan Lee


John Romita Sr.


Mike Esposito






Stan Lee

Previous issue:

Amazing Spider-Man #38

Next issue:

Amazing Spider-Man #40

Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #39 is the 39th issue of Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1.


"How Green Was My Goblin!"

  • TBA

Continuity Developments

  • The identity of the Green Goblin is revealed to be Norman Osborn at the end of the issue.


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  • Some may speculate that the revelation of the Green Goblin's identity may have caused Spider-Man co-creator and artist Steve Ditko to leave the job of penciling/inking Spider-Man titles.
  • This story is reprinted in Marvel Masterworks #16.
  • The chapter "Identity Crisis" in Untold Tales of Spider-Man takes place a few weeks prior to the happenings in this story.


  • The cover was homaged in other Marvel comic books.
  • The cover of this issue is one of the 32 that appear in the comic collection from the 2000 video game Spider-Man.
  • In this issue, inker Mike Esposito is credited as "Mickey Demeo".
  • This issue is the first to feature a letters page dubbed, "The Spider's Web". Letters are published from Donald Jackson, Ron Wilshire, Mrs. Melanie Skinner, Tom Salazar, Charles Key, Don Stuckman, John Cahill, Mike McBride, and Anne Kong.
  • This is the first artwork on this title by John Romita. Stan Lee decided on John Romita Sr as the new artist after viewing his work on a Spider-Man/Daredevil crossover in Daredevil #16 and Daredevil #17. Romita will pen or ink over 100 issues and covers of Spider-Man and become Marvel's Art Director in the 1970's.
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