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Marvel Two in One Annual # 2 (“And They Shall Call Him Champion”): Benjamin Grimm, whilst in Alica Masters chamber, helping her carve out a statue of him is visited by an alien Proja, the promoter supreme, who works with The Champion as one of his henchmen alongside other (who are not named in the issue). He introduces himself in front of Benjamin Grimm as the representative of the greatest and the most accomplished fighter in all in all of the known universes, and states he is here to offer him a match with Champion. Ben refuses saying he no longer competes for fun but rather only in real situation in order to save lives. Proja however tricks him by offering a handsake saying, he believes its an earth costume to shake hands, but the moment Ben touches Proja's hand he is transported to a real outside of our universe.

Proja goes on to offer similar deal to Thor, Doc Samson, The Hulk, Colossus, Namor , Wonder Man and Sasquatch, although how Proja manages to trick them into being teleported to Champion's dimension is not revealed in the story.

Proja actually goes to recruit another Earth Superhero, The Vision, but decides not to recruit him after his sensors indicate that Vision is a synthozoid and the official rules (never disclosed where the said rules come from) only permit The Champion to fight within his prescibed life-class and thus the invitation to Vision is withdrawn.

Heroes (Thor, Doc Samson, The Hulk, Colossus, Namor, Wonder Man and Sasquatch) materilize in Champion dimension, which appears to be a spherical structure floating within some great starless void.

Champion appears before them revealing that they have been chosen to represent their planet, Earth, and should the Champion is to judge whether Earth should be allowed to live and destroyed, depending on the fighting skill and valour shown by the heroes.

Champion also reveals that his minions have been scouring all of the known galaxies to find him novel adversary against whom Champion could test his proweress however Champion is not satisfied because no one thus far have lasted more than 2 round (whether or not Champion destroyed their planet is not mentioned anywhere in the issue).

Heroes refusing to fight for his amusement attack him together but are easily repelled when Champion demonstrates his “power primordial” . Heroes are informed that Champion is an elder of the universe and his demonstration of power convinces heroes that should they not accept what Champion says he is really going to destroy the Earth and evidently possesses the power to do so.

Champion however sends heroes for training before the fight actually begins.

Back on Earth, fantastic Four and X men are looking for their respective team mate, but are unable to find a clue.

While Thor and Hulk perform exceeding well on the training , Doc Samson is disqualified because he is unable to anticipate and block the moves of, The Living Computer, and gets knocked by a good blow to the face. Namor is also disqualified because he refuses to train.

Colossus, Sasquatch, Wonder Man and Thing are doing just good enough to not be considered for a disqualification.

Champion then hold the actual competition on Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, where hereos are to face champion one at a time in a boxing ring. The boxing ring however is surrounded by forcefield which none of the other heroes of earth, including Fantastic Four and X men (only 2 teams shown on panel) are unable to even harm. They are therefore forced to become mere spectators.

The first round begins with Thor and The Champion, Champion seem to have the upper hand until Thor throws mjolnir at him, Champion however first teleports the mjolnir away but returns it back to Thor upon realising that a part of the hammer enchantment is that it must always return to Thor's hand (and should it fail to return in 60 seconds Thor will turn back into mortal guise of Donald Blake). Thor however is disqualified for the fight because he used a weapon.

Second person to enter the ring is The Hulk, who gets angry to a point he turns into his savage person and start yelling “Hulk hates puny alien! Hulk smash”. Champion teleports Hulk away saying he shall not soil his hands on a mindless brute.

Sasquatch joins the ring next who is rather easily defeated in the first round.

Colossus joins the ring next who is easily overpower by the Champion and is finally declared defeated , albiet Colossus refusing to give up, because he could no longer defend himself. Colossus collapses and the fight ends in round 1.

Champion fights Wonder Man next and defeats him rather quickly which leves only Ben Grimm to face him next. Champion at this point is frustated and is contemplating destroying the earth because he feels his challangers have been unworthy.

Champion fight Ben Grimm next, although its pretty clearly Champion is vastly stronger, Ben uses his speed, his skill and most importantly despite being batter and bruised continues to fight without giving up. Thing last four round before collapsing and Champion is considered the winner after 10 count.

Champion is about to declear whether or not he now plans to destroy the earth, but Thing gets up broke and brused, barely able to stand, saying this fight isnt over yet because you (Champion) only won on a technicality. You did not beat be, you will never beat me because I am too stupid and ugly to know when to quit.

Champion being impressed by Thing honor and bravery, helps him stand up and says no my friend I could never beat you, I know that now. I could crush your bones, I could break your body but I would never conquere your spirit. Any world that could spawn one such as you is truly the worthiest of all. I sense that someday my people will battle yours for supremecy of the cosmos, but that will be in the eons to come and what a glorious competition it shall be. Farewell my friend, I have endless universes yet to visit, infinite worlds yet to offer my gift, we shall never meet again. A pity for you and you alone I would offer the supreme glory of a rematch.

Battered, broken and bloodied, Ben Grimm, mutters no thanks I have all I could stand before dropping on the ring, presumably unconscious.

Everyone in the crowd give Ben Grimm a standing ovation, his peers give him high praises, and although Ben can barely hear any of this , that would mean little to him even if he could because he fought for earth and he wanted no reward in return other than safeguarding his planet and his people.

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