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The Wrong Side: Godzilla vs. Thor and the Avengers

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In this feature, I examine comic book fights that were particularly notable in the wrong side winning (or at least that the fight wasn’t won the “right” way). This really isn’t a big deal, of course, as it doesn’t really matter if the “wrong” person won a fight. But it’s fun to talk about!

If you want to suggest a fight for future inclusion in this feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t suggest a fight in the comments!

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Ben W., we take a look at the time Godzilla took on the Avengers and the Fantastic Four and, well, did really, really well…

As always, the first page spotlights their power levels and the second page examines the fight itself.

And as always, the first question we need to ask is…

How did these people do when they fought Spider-Man?

As I’ve written about a few times, Spider-Man oddly enough has never actually fought the standard, normal Thor. He’s fought Eric Masterson’s Thor, he fought a Hulked-Out version of Thor (while also similarly Hulked-Out) but never the real deal.

However, Thor DID once fight a robot duplicate of Spider-Man, and the robot duplicate actually won in Avengers #11 by Stan Lee, Don Heck and Chic Stone…




Spider-Man has never fought Godzilla. He showed up too late for the big fight in Godzilla #24 (by Doug Moench, Herb Trimpe and Dan Green), but clearly he probably WOULD have defeated Godzilla by himself…


Okay, so this issue involves the rest of the Avengers AND the Fantastic Four, but let’s spotlight Thor in particular.

Here is Thor defeating the mother-flipping MIDGARD SERPENT in Thor #380 (by Walter Simonson and Sal Buscema)…







So let’s see the fight with Godzilla!

Now let’s note right off the bat – we all get it. Godzilla was a licensed property. Marvel very well couldn’t have their characters beating up on a character that they were licensing. Therefore, the better approach would have been to just avoid having Thor fight Godzilla, since they know they wouldn’t be able to have Thor defeat Godzilla because of licensing issues.

But anyhow, here they go…





So Yellowjacket and Wasp’s WINGS can irritate Godzilla enough to stagger Godzilla, but Thor can’t do ANYTHING? Not cool.

Now that Godzilla is back up, Godzilla heads off to the Empire State Building. The heroes leave him be, as they don’t want to cause any damage in the middle of crowded Manhattan. Thor looks so sad…


Then Thor is taken out of the fight by being forced to hold up the Empire State Building while Godzilla climbs it…


Here’s a gorgeous double-page splash by the late, great Herb Trimpe and Dan Green…


Then the little boy who has been the hero of the series uses his bond with Godzilla to interrupt the fight and convince Godzilla to stop this and go back into the ocean and never return.

In any event, is this a very understandable “bad” fight? Of course. Completely understandable. But still a “bad” fight. Thor is way more powerful than shown here.

Okay, thanks for the suggestion, Ben! If anyone else has a suggestion, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!