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When Doctor Light Couldn't Even Defeat a Group of Non-Powered Teens!

In "The Wrong Side," 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! Here are our past editions of the feature.

If you want to suggest a fight for future inclusion in this feature, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com. Don't suggest a fight in the comments! It's been quite a while since someone actually suggested a fight for this column. It's no big deal either way, just struck me as interesting, as this one used to draw in a lot of suggestions. Perhaps I've exhausted most of the ones people were thinking of?

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Today is a weird one, because I could have sworn I did this one and I even have the cropped images for it from THREE YEARS AGO, but I cannot find any record of the post actually going up. Either it was lost in some sort of glitch or I just never put it up. In any event, based on a suggestion by longtime reader, Andy N, we look at Doctor Light's worst defeat!

As always, the first thing we do is determine the power level of the people involved in this discussion to set up the fight and then we look at the fight. The way we check their power levels is usually to see how well they do when they fight Spider-Man, as he is so strong that he beat up Firelord and the X-Men, all by himself!

Sadly, Spider-Man never fought Doctor Light. However, he DID fight the Lightmaster and that guy always did well against Spidey, like this bit from Spectatular Spider-Man #3...

And Spider-Man hasn't had a lot of experience fighting teens, but he did once play tackle football with some teens and he dominated pretty easily...

With Spider-Man unavailable for comparison's purposes, let's just look at Doctor Light's history. He took the Justice League on by himself...

He later fought Green Lantern by himself, as well...

He formed a villain team, the Fearsome Five, to fight the Teen Titans, but he still was a big part of the team...

This all led to Flash #12, though, and DC's Bonus Book set-up, where new writers and artists would do these free inserts starring different characters that were just included in DC comics, like Flash #12. This one showed Doctor Light on the run after escaping prison...

He finds himself in the epitome of small town America...

He then uses machinery that he stole from a Radio Shack to cobble together some weapons and bluffed his way into taking control of the city...

Meanwhile, some kids (including the son of the cop from above) discover that their parents used to be costumed vigilantes...

So they decide to follow in their parents' footsteps and rid their city of this nefarious criminal...

Obviously, he was low on the power scale due to not having access to his regular weapons, but it was still an impressive achievement for the teens and an embarrassing showing for a guy who once took on the Justice League one versus seven. Some non-powered teens should not have been much of a problem.

Okay, folks, feel free to send in suggestions for future editions of The Wrong Side! Send your ideas to brianc@cbr.com!

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