Amazing Spider-Man #40
No foe could make Spider-Man's life more a living hell than the Green Goblin. Here, with the Web-slinger's secret identity exposed, the Goblin reveals his own true face that of industrialist Norman Osborn. What turned a hard-driven captain of industry into a garish underworld thug? The Green Goblin's shocking origin story tells it all and in true Stan Lee style the sordid tale carries a deep moral subtext of the evils of parental neglect. Young Harry Osborn continually is shut out by his ambitious father whose greed eventually wrecks all of their lives.
But lest you think this issue is all soap opera, take a close look at this cover! There's an all-out war going on inside as Spidey and the Goblin let loose on each other in a very private corner of hell. While the fists are flying, Spider-Man can never forget, however, who the Goblin really is behind his leering green mask the father of his best friend.
This issue shows Jazzy John Romita really hitting his stride with the Wallcrawler. Flawless characterizations of Peter Parker's rich tapestry of background characters are interspersed with pop art style action. This marks the end of chapter one of the ongoing saga of Spider-Man vs. the Green Goblin but the very worst was yet to come (see Amazing Spider-Man #122).