Norman Osborn was the son of the wealthy business man Amberson Osborn. He had a decent childhood until Amberson lost most of the family fortune after the failure of his invention company, which had Amberson becoming alcoholic and violent. Young Norman and his mother would often be the targets of physical and psychological abuse by Amberson to compensate for his failures. This abuse had Norman realize that only the strong survive and that he will never be weak. This realization caused him to kill the family’s dog, seeing it as one less problem in his life.
Goblin’s Freak Show
Marvel Noir takes place on Earth 90214. Here the heroes of the regular Marvel Universe (Earth 616) had appeared decades earlier. Some of the leading titles for the Noir series’ were Spider-Man, Iron Man, and X-Men. Most of the Noir books are made of a four-part series of noir comics.
Many standard characters from the main story arcs were also brought along into the 1930’s atmosphere. For a better description of these characters’ Noir version see their “Alternate Versions” section.