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

Marvel, 1963 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.75 USD; 0.95 CAD; 0.40 GBP
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
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:
Typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Spider-Man; 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; 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 Sr.; Russ Steffens (Background Inks)
Colors:
George Roussos; ? [as & Co.]
Letters:
Joe Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Spider-Man; GUESTS: The Beyonder; Thomas Fireheart [Puma]; Aunt May Parker; Nathan Lubensky; Anna Watson; Mary Jane Watson; VILLAINS: Mephisto; Zarathos; Kingpin; Arranger; Zarathos Illusions [Green Goblin [Norman Osborn]; Richard Parker; Mary Parker; Captain George Stacy; Gwen Stacy; Uncle Ben Parker]; CAMEO FLASHBACK: Eternity; The Watcher; Dr. Strange; Molecule Man
Synopsis:
The Beyonder is floating in the far reaches of space contemplating destroying the entire multiverse when he is attacked by aliens whom he promptly blinks out of existence; Sensing that he is being watched by Mephisto, the Beyonder appears in his realm and prepares to destroy it; The Beyonder makes a deal with the devil--he agrees to forestall destroying the cosmos for twenty-four hours if a hero of his choosing can sustain his life's purpose in the face of overwhelming adversity; The Beyonder chooses Spider-Man as his target and frees the demon Zarathos to torment him; Spidey overhears plans for the assassination of the Kingpin and contemplates letting the bad guy get whacked; Resolved to rescue his enemy, Spidey is hampered in his quest by dead friends and foes from the past who accuse him of being a failure; Even his parents and Uncle Ben get in on the act as Spidey is beaten down and begins to give in to despair; The source of the illusions, Zarathos, confronts Spider-Man directly and tries to convince him to let the Kingpin be killed; Spidey finds the strength to fight back and ends up saving the Kingpin from a sniper; Even though he feels like his effort was a waste, little does Peter know that he has just saved the entire multiverse for at least one more day.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jim Owsley
Letters:
Typeset

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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