The Wrong Side: Sabretooth vs. Wendigo

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The Wrong Side: Sabretooth vs. Wendigo

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 Don’t suggest a fight in the comments!

This week, based on a suggestion from reader Keith, we take a look at Sabretooth doing surprisingly well against Wendigo…

As always, the first page we look at their power levels and on the second page, we look at the fight itself.

Also, as always, we answer the age-old question – “How did they do when they fought Spider-Man?”

As I’ve featured a few times, Spider-Man kicked Sabretooth’s ass when they fought.

Spider-Man, oddly enough, never actually fought Wendigo. There was a storyline involving Spider-Man, Wolverine and Wendigo, but Spidey and Wendigo didn’t fight.

Wendigo debuted in Incredible Hulk #162 by Steve Englehart, Herb Trimpe and Sal Trapani. Notice how he more than holds his own against the Hulk…

Wendigo’s most famous fight happened in Incredible Hulk #180-181 (by Len Wein, Herb Trimpe and Jack Abel), which also happened to include the first appearance of this short Canadian guy, Wolverine. Hulk and Wolverine take on the Wendigo and eventually defeat him, working together, but still, the Wendigo takes on BOTH Hulk AND Wolverine at once…

Note the bit about the Wendigo being impossible to kill (by the way, later in the issue, Hulk and Wolverine knock each other out during a fight – I originally misremembered and thought it was Wendigo who knocked them out. I initially sent in a headline to CBR saying Wendigo defeated them. Oops, my bad!).

In X-Men #140, by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin, Snowbird turns into a magic wolverine and defeats a Wendigo, which is something people have suggested for a Wrong Side in and of itself, however, the key word there is MAGIC wolverine. Snowbird doesn’t just turn into animals, she turns into much stronger, magical versions of said animals, so I think it is fair enough for her to defeat Wendigo, as her magic wolverine is probably very powerful. Hell, Wolverine compares her to Dark Phoenix here!

In Sabretooth: Open Season #4, by Daniel Way, Bart Sears and Mark Pennington, Wendigo nearly kills Sasquatach, who is pretty darn powerful…

But read on to what happens to Wendigo AFTER that Sasquatch scene in the same issue…

Suffice it to say, I don’t think Sabretooth should be able to defeat a Wendigo, kill it and skin it that easily.

Hmmm…I guess Black Cat could get herself a Wendigo fur if she so desired…

Thanks to Keith for e-mailing me with this suggestion. IF anyone else has a suggestion for a future edition, e-mail me at