The Amazing Spider-Man #274 [Direct Edition]
(March 1986)

Marvel, 1963 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.75 USD; 0.40 GBP; 0.95 CAD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Marvel Comics Group
Brand:
Marvel [black, no background]
Editing:
Adam Blaustein (Assistant Editor); Jim Owsley (Editor); Jim Shooter (Editor-in-Chief)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age, then Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

The Soul of the Spider! (Table of Contents)

Spider-Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Larry Lieber (signed)
Inks:
John Romita (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Spider-Man [Peter Parker]; Aunt May Parker; Green Goblin; Gwen Stacy; Captain George Stacy; Jean DeWolff; J. Jonah Jameson; Robbie Robertson; Flash Thompson; Harry Osborn
Reprints:

[Bonus Poster] (Table of Contents)

Spider-Man / illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils:
Larry Lieber
Inks:
John Romita
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Spider-Man [Peter Parker]; Aunt May Parker; Green Goblin; Gwen Stacy; Captain George Stacy; Jean DeWolff; J. Jonah Jameson; Robbie Robertson; Flash Thompson; Harry Osborn

Indexer Notes

Interior front and back covers make a poster of the front cover art.

Lo, There Shall Come a Champion! (Table of Contents)

Spider-Man / comic story / 28 pages (report information)

Script:
Tom DeFalco
Pencils:
Ron Frenz (Layouts); Jack Fury (Art Assist); Tom Morgan (Finished Pencils); James Fry (Finished Pencils)
Inks:
Joe Rubinstein; John Romita; Russ Steffens (Background Inks)
Colors:
George Roussos; ? [as & Co.]
Letters:
Joe Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Spider-Man [Peter Parker]; The Beyonder; Thomas Fireheart [Puma]; Aunt May Parker; Nathan Lubensky; Anna Watson; Mary Jane Watson; Mephisto (Villain); Zarathos (Villain); Kingpin (Villain); Arranger (Villain); Zarathos Illusions [Green Goblin [Norman Osborn]; Richard Parker; Mary Parker; Captain George Stacy; Gwen Stacy; Uncle Ben Parker] (Villains); Eternity (Cameo flashback); The Watcher (Cameo flashback); Dr. Strange (Cameo flashback); Molecule Man (Cameo flashback)
Synopsis:
The Beyonder makes a deal with the devil: he agrees not to destroy the cosmos if a hero can sustain his life's purpose in the face of overwhelming adversity. He chooses Spidey and frees Zarathos to torment him. Spidey overhears plans for the murder of Kingpin. Resolved to rescue him, Spidey is hampered in his quest by dead friends and foes from the past who accuse him of being a failure. Spidey is beaten down and begins to give in to despair. The source of the illusions, Zarathos, confronts Spider-Man and tries to convince him to let Kingpin be killed. Spidey finds the strength to fight back.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Secret Wars II

Indexer Notes

Continued from Secret Wars II #8; Continued in Secret Wars II #9.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Spider's Web / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Christopher Priest [as Jim Owsley]
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Letters from Peter Kasperowicz, David Clarke, David Duncan, J.S., Peter Chisholm, Dennis Price, Skip Watson, Gary Bond, Edward Hughes, Thomas Fascela, Anthony Kowalewski, Roger Z. Cadenhead, Greg Lowen

The Beyonder versus Mephisto (Table of Contents)

Spider-Man / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Larry Lieber (signed)
Inks:
Joe Rubinstein (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Beyonder; Mephisto

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Soul of the Spider!
    Spider-Man
  2. 1. [Bonus Poster]
    Spider-Man
  3. 2. Lo, There Shall Come a Champion!
    Spider-Man
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    The Spider's Web
  5. 4. The Beyonder versus Mephisto
    Spider-Man
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