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Edward Leeds (Earth-616)
Ned Leeds
Full Name: Edward Leeds
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #18 (November, 1964)
Created by: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Home Universe: Earth-616
Alignment: Neutral
Status: Deceased
Place of Birth: South Huntington, New York
Citizenship: American
Base: New York City
Affiliations: Daily Bugle
Powers/Abilities: Veteran reporter
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Unique Features: Burn scars on back of neck from an attack by the Molten Man

Edward "Ned" Leeds (of Earth-616) was a field reporter alongside Peter Parker for the Daily Bugle and a brainwashed version of the Hobgobin by Rodrick Kingsley.

History

Ned Leeds met Betty Brant when he was a field reporter for the Daily Bugle. Ned comforted her after her brother Bennett was killed by Blackie Gaxton.

Betty then fell in love with Leeds even though he was away on an assignment in Europe for awhile (with Betty rekindling some of her emotions for Peter during this time), the two remained in contact and started dating again after his return. Eventually the two became engaged and during this time, he was being promoted to City Editor for the Daily Bugle.

The Jackal

Jackal created clones of Spider-Man and Ned was held hostage while the two Spider-Men fought each other.

Marriage

Soon afterwards, Ned and Betty got married, with Ned choosing Peter Parker as his best man. On their wedding day, the marriage ceremony was interrupted by the criminal Mirage who was promptly defeated by Spider-Man. Their marriage resulted in some good and bad moments.

Death

When the Gang War for Kingpin's territory got too intense, Kingsley decided to retire the Hobgoblin identity. After brainwashing sessions made Ned's home life unstable, making him violent and paranoid about his work and his wife. Kingsley leaked details of Ned's "true identity" as the Hobgoblin, leading to Leeds being murdered at the hands of the Foreigner's men while on a assignment in Germany. This allowed Kingsley to slip away, having the confidence that his enemies believed the Hobgoblin to be dead

Despite his best efforts, Leeds lacked the real Hobgoblin's enhanced strength to fight off his assailants. After his right shoulder was grazed, his left arm was broken from behind by one assassin before being garroted to death. The last thought he had was an apology to Betty, an apology he would never get to offer. The assassins left Leeds' corpse bound to a chair and was later found by Peter Parker.

Powers and Abilities

Abilities

Ned was a veteran news reporter for the Daily Bugle.

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