Stern disagreed but said that De Falco should feel free to choose whoever he wanted for the Hobgoblin's secret identity, reasoning that "I knew that whomever Tom chose, he would make it work." Upon reviewing the clues, De Falco decided that the Hobgoblin was Richard Fisk.
De Falco argued that the "twin brother" scheme was cheating the readers since, aside from a single thought bubble, there had been no hint that Roderick even had a brother, much less one who could serve as a double for him.
David objected and argued that the only person who fit the clues was Leeds (having been present at the Spider-Man creator's conference, David also thought that Leeds was who De Falco intended it to be). Wolverine had already been drawn, however, it was too late to undo Leeds's death.