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The Wrong Side: Black Panther vs. Silver Surfer

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The Wrong Side: Black Panther vs. Silver Surfer

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!

This is a bit of a odd one, since it really isn’t a matter of a particular character even WINNING a fight, but more so how the fight went period. A ton of you wrote in about this one, though (of the ones I haven’t featured yet, this is the clear #2 suggestion), so I figured I might as well feature it. So here we see the time that the Black Panther put Silver Surfer into an armlock…

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?”

Black Panther, oddly enough, has only really fought Spider-Man once, in the pages of Marvel Team-Up #87 (by Steven Grant, Gene Colan and Frank Springer – that’s an interesting art pairing there). Black Panther has been framed for some crimes (including the attempted murder of Spider-Man), so Spidey shows up to take him into custody…

So Panther actually acquits himself pretty darn well against Spidey. Years later, they tussled again in a very similar exchange (mostly Spider-Man being amazed at how fast T’Challa is).

Spidey and the Surfer tangled in Surfer’s first series (in an issue by Stan Lee, John Buscema and Dan Adkins) and Surfer basically treats Spider-Man as a nuisance he can’t even be bothered with…

Whoa, whoa, whoa, slow down there, Spidey! More powerful than a dozen Vultures!? Those are strong words. I think that should be part of Surfer’s tagline now. Sort of like how Superman is more powerful than a locomotive, Surfer should now and forever be referred to as “more powerful than a dozen Vultures!”

Since the Surfer barely messed around with Spider-Man, I figured another example would be better to show his power. See his encounter with the Hulk here from Incredible Hulk #250 (by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema)…

Notice how the Hulk didn’t even faze Surfer.

Okay, with this in mind, let’s look at the armhold heard ’round the world!

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