Norman Osborn is the arch-nemesis of Spider-Man.
Norman Osborn was just a child when he first became obsessed with acquiring wealth and power after his father, a failed business inventor who claimed that he was swindled out of his inventions and personal fortune, took out his rage on Norman. Norman realized that he couldn't depend on his father for financial security, so he began working after school and saving every cent he earned. He wouldn't allow himself to become a failure like his father. Norman studied chemistry and electrical engineering in college. He also took a number of courses in business administration. One of his teachers was Professor Mendel Stromm. They became good friends and later formed a business partnership. Since Norman put up the bulk of the financing, they called their company Osborn Chemical, or Oscorp Industries.
Norman gives Rhett Carson an offer he can't refuse. He used his own goblin serum to give Rhett powers. He blackmails the new goblin into being loyal to him.
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Norman is plotting against Spider-Man while he's away in L.A.
- Amazing Spider-Man #1-2, 19