The Amazing Spider-Man #274 [Direct]
(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
On-sale Date
1985-12-03
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Marvel Comics Group
Brand
Marvel [standalone or inside vertical box]
Editing
Adam Blaustein (credited) (assistant editor); Christopher Priest (credited as Jim Owsley); Jim Shooter (credited) (editor-in-chief)

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: 1)

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: 2)

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

Script
Tom DeFalco
Pencils
Ron Frenz (Layouts); Tom Morgan (Finished Pencils); James Fry (Finished Pencils); Jack Fury (Art Assist)
Inks
Joe Rubinstein (finishes); 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: 3)

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

Script
Christopher Priest
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
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, and Greg Lowen; includes View From the Tenth Floor (editorial comments).

The Beyonder versus Mephisto (Table of Contents: 4)

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
Related Scans
Series Information
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]
    Spider's Web
  5. 4. The Beyonder versus Mephisto
    Spider-Man
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