Characters : Demogoblin

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Demogoblin has sharp teeth, slitted eyes and a forked tongue.


Assuming he has hair, it's probably black


6' 1"


210 lbs


Even when he was being polite, he had the ability to grate on Macendale's nerves no end


Demogoblin's equipment mimicked that of the other Goblins, except that his was composed of fire and brimstone. He had a fiery version of the vertical- thrust goblin glider.


Overconfidence in the holiness of his mission.


Demogoblin exhibited limited psychic capabilities, usually demonstrated as the ability to track down certain people. His pumpkin bombs and his other equipment, while certainly tangible enough to those on the receiving end, appeared to be formed from thin air.

Strength Level

Super-human, near that of Spider-Man's.


Demogoblin's brimstone-concocted weapons included concussive, smoke, gas and incendiary bombs, often shaped like pumpkins.



Created By
Current Occupation




Former Bases

Presumably N'Astirh's demon dimension

Former Groups

Sinister Six, Maximum Carnage

Former Occupation


Known Allies

"Allies" is a bit strong, but Demogoblin shared a psychic link with Spider-Man's Doppleganger and with his former host Macendale. He was part of the Maximum Carnage team that included Carnage, Shriek and Carrion. When he still shared a body with Macendale, he/they were members of the Sinister Six.

Known Relatives


Legal Status

Unknown, may be inapplicable

Major Enemies

Hobgoblin II, Spider-Man, Venom, Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze.

Marital Status


Place of Birth


Real Name


Usual Bases

New York City


After losing fights with Spider-Man and the second Green Goblin (Harry Osborn), the Jason Macendale Hobgoblin took advantage of the Inferno crisis by following several demons back to their lair and confronting their demonic lord, N'Astirh. Macendale wanted enough power to defeat his enemies, and offered his soul to N'Astirh in exchange for such power. When N'Astirh stopped laughing, the demon lord decided that Macendale's effrontery was worth something even if his soul wasn't, and had him possessed by a particularly unstable demon. This gave Macendale the physical strength he craved, coupled with superhuman speed and endurance. Unfortunately, he proved to be an incompatible host for the demon. The two fought many a battle for control of Macendale's physical form until the demon literally ripped away and began a separate existence as the Demogoblin.

Demogoblin was a religious fanatic who had no interest in personal wealth or position. He claimed to be a member of a group of demons called the "Righteous," who were determined to destroy all sinners and thus gain redemption. Since his definition of sinner was rather strict and exempted only children, he found himself in continual conflict with Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, Venom and even his former host, Macendale. His interest in purifying New York City caused him to join with Carnage and Co., although he deplored Carnage's lack of discipline.

At one point he tried to make the vigilante known as Moon Knight his new host. Moon Knight had met the demon previously, when it was still possessing Macendale. Moon Knight only regained control of his own body with the help of Reed Richards and Doctor Strange.

Demogoblin met his end at the hands of Switchblade, the name briefly taken by Blade, the vampire hunter. Blade had gotten his hands on a magical book that gave him the power to destroy all supernatural creatures. He hunted down Demogoblin, Morbius, Ghost Rider and others during the Midnight Massacre. However, the spell was eating at Blade from the inside and it became necessary to remove his new powers. This also brought the dead creatures back to life.

Demogoblin eventually forgave Macendale, which annoyed the Hobgoblin so much he decided to rid the world of his other half once and for all. The final battle took place in a church. When a pillar in the church started to give way and threaten a nearby child, Demogoblin held the pillar up long enough for the child to escape, but was crushed to death when his strength gave out.

Appears In...

Mar 1992 App: Web of Spider-Man #86
  First appearance as a separate entity.
Feb 1989 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #147
  First possesses Macendale
Mar 1992 App: Web of Spider-Man #86
  Tears free of Macendale and begins his quest for punishing sinners.
Jul 1992 App: Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #24
  Teams up with Doppleganger during the Infinity War.
May 1993 App: Spider-Man Unlimited #1 (Story 1)
  Teams up with Carnage to ravage New York City.
May 1994 App: Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #46
  Final series of battles with Hobgoblin, which ends in his death
Jun 1994 App: Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #47
Jul 1994 App: Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #48

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The assistance of the Marvel Chronology Project is gratefully acknowledged.

Some of the above information is extracted from the various versions of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and the more recent Marvel Encyclopaedias.