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Green Lantern and Black Canary's Only Weakness - A Juvenile Delinquent!

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!

Reader Mike Rickard, who runs a website called Jack Lord's Hair, suggested this Golden Age classic!

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!

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Sadly, Spider-Man has never actually fought against the Justice Society of America.

I don't know that he has actually even fought against any juvenile delinquents, per se, but I think this bit from Amazing Spider-Man #3 with Spidey versus some general crooks should show how Spidey would handle younger versions of those same types of crooks....

1948's All-Star Comics #40, by John Broome and artists Arthur F. Peddy, Carmine Infantino, Alex Toth, Bernard Sachs and Frank Giacoia, was a special "message" issue of the series, as the Justice Society of America tackled the crisis of juvenile delinquency in the United States...

The team has been dealing with the gang known as the Crimson Claw Gang, but they learn that there are young teens who are emulating the Crimson Claw Gang...

Black Canary and Green Lantern investigate and discover the youth gangs in action...

This then leads to the biggest "message" part of the issue, where we learn about where juvenile delinquency comes from...

When Black Canary and Green Lantern investigate the homes of one of their Junior Justice Society members who warned them that his brother was getting involved in the youth gang, the brother surprises them and takes out both Green Lantern and Black Canary with a surprise attack by a chair!

Later, the Justice Society is doing so poorly at their job that they have to rely on one of their junior members going undercover in the youth gangs...

And in the end, it turns out that the Junior Justice Society members have to take out the gang themselves!

Now that they are captured, the Justice Society reform the juvenile delinquents by showing their futures...

Oh, by the way, the other Justice Society members didn't fare much better than Green Lantern and Black Canary! Flash and Hawkman knocked themselves out while fighting a gang...

and then the Flash is knocked out again while sparring with the gang...

Thanks for the suggestion, Mike!

If anyone else has an idea for a comic book fight that you think was resolved the "wrong" way, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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