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The Amazing Spider-Man #274 (1986)

“Lo, There Shall Come a Champion!”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: Ron Frenz

After an alien fleet of spaceships attacks Beyonder, he wipes them and every trace of their species from existence. Then decides to completely erase the multiverse from existence. He goes to a being called Mephisto who convinces him to take part in a wager. If Mephisto’s champion Spider-Man can hold fast to his fulfillment and morals while under attack of Beyonder’s champion, Zarathos (the living spirit of vengeance), the multiverse will be spared destruction for 24 hours. If not, the multiverse is annihilated. Beyonder sends Zarathos to Earth, where he torments Spider-Man on his way to save Kingpin from an assassination attempt with visions of passed loved ones that he has failed in some way and tries to convince him that all his efforts are worthless and that he should just live for himself. He fights his old foe Green Goblin and fights Zarathos, who calls himself many names like the Ravager of Souls. He takes off Zarathos’s mask and sees Uncle Ben. Spider-Man struggles to maintain his sense of responsibility and knocks Zarathos’s block off. Then he saves Kingpin from being assassinated. Beyonder honors the wager and spares the multiverse from destruction for 24 hours.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #111 (1986)

“…And Then the Gods Cried.”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Jim Owsley
Artist: Rich Buckler

Beyonder tells Puma and Spider-Man what his intentions are on Earth. When he discovered Earth, he also found out about desire. This made him feel incomplete and he came to Earth to find a way to be complete again. He helped people find their role in life. Puma’s role in life is to kill the Beyonder, so Beyonder decides he must die at the hands of Puma to become complete. When Puma confronts him in a nightclub, Beyonder gives him the power to kill him. When Puma goes to strike, he doubts himself and his role and becomes normal again, causing only a minor wound. Beyonder then says they’ve both failed and teleports elsewhere.

The Amazing Spider-Man #273 (1986)

“To Challenge the Beyonder!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: Ron Frenz

The Shaman tells Puma there is an ancient prophecy that one from beyond will come to destroy earth. Puma goes to Spider-Man to ask his help in finding and killing the Beyonder. They suspect the leader of a new cult to be the Beyonder, but he’s not and tells them where they can find him. Spider-Man tells Puma he’s backing out, because he doesn’t want to kill anybody. Not even the Beyonder. And wants to wait for the Beyonder to make the first move before he does anything.

Puma finds Beyonder, but he teleports him to Japan. A week later, he comes to Peter and says he’ll give him a hundred thousand dollars to help him. Peter still resists, but accidentally calls the Beyonder into his apartment.

Web of Spider-Man #6 (1985)

“Gold Rush!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Danny Fingeroth
Artist: Mike Harris

The Beyonder turns an entire skyscraper into solid gold and it crumbles under its new weight. As the government and Kingpin’s men work at taking pieces of the building away so citizens don’t just take a bunch of gold and ruin the economy, Spider-Man goes in and saves people who are trapped in the wreckage. He sees that the Kingpin is aiding in the clean up and takes a few golden typewriters from the building. Upset that the Kingpin is being paid to be corrupt, Spider-Man goes back in and takes a golden notebook from a trash can.

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