Splash pages, you gotta' love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit the reader with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This week, the splash-ending to my first ever Spider-Man comic, the John Romita (Junior and Senior!) masterwork that is The Amazing Spider-Man #238, and the first appearance of this here chap, the Hobgoblin.
Yeah I know, Green Goblin was first, and while his name was chucked around as Osborn's looted weaponary changed hands - this was my first Spidey book, so Hobster was 'all new' to me.
Romita Snr is now my definitive Spider-Man artist and his son is one of my top artistic influences, so a few addictions were introduced in this issue. No one has captured the Hobster's snaring mug as good as this since either (partly why it's up in the IADW masthead)!
Now that his 'Demogoblin' era is thankfully a thing of the past, Marvel has recently dusted Hobby off in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man #648. And what do ya' know? It was done in another splash page too, this time by the ultra talented Humberto Ramos. In fact it looked allot like, well this right here;