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That Time Electro Defeated the Hulk With a Single Electro-Blast

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 Fraser wrote in to point out this one that he came across in a comic book that he recently read. It involves the Spider-Man villain, Electro, and the Hulk!

First off, as always, on the first page, we determine the power level of the people involved in this discussion to set up the fight and on the second page, 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!

Electro, interestingly enough, had an impressive showing against Spider-Man in his first appearance. Spider-Man was not prepared for the fact that Electro did not just shoot out electrical bolts of energy, but rather that his entire body was surrounded by an electrical field. So when Spider-Man went to go grab him when they first faced off against each other in Amazing Spider-Man #9, it did not go well for Spidey...

Of course, Spider-Man is not a moron, so he quickly adapted his way of going about things and then decided to wear rubber gloves to fight Electro the second time and he dealt with him very easily, while also letting Stan Lee and Steve Ditko have a little fun with the metafictional aspect of Electro being unmasked and having it turn out to be someone Spider-Man did not know at all, as, well, why would it be someone that Spider-Man knew?

Ditko would use this same bit a year or so later, when the Crimemaster was unmasked and he was...just some crook. This has led people to believe that Ditko also wanted the Green Goblin's identity to be "just some guy," as well, but that was not the case. It was just a bit that Ditko used twice, it was not some deep-seated belief he had that villains should only be unmasked to be strangers. It was pretty clear that Norman Osborn was always intended to be the Green Goblin. Anyhow, that's neither here nor there.

Let me add one more Spider-Man/Electro fight, just because it includes one of Ditko's best splash pages ever, from Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, where the Sinister Six first fight Spider-Man...

Still, it is important to note that a direct blast from Electro DID knock Spider-Man out.

However, that's Spider-Man and then there's the Hulk, who Spider-Man has faced off against a few times and it doesn't seem like the Hulk would ever have the same reaction as Spider-Man to an energy blast. Look at him shrug off a punch from the guy who once punched the lights out of a former herald of Galactus!!

Okay, on to the fight!

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