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The Wrong Side: Spider-Man vs. Firelord

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The Wrong Side: Spider-Man vs. Firelord

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!

I figure we’ll open up with a fight that I imagine many of you would end up writing in about, Spider-Man’s battle against Firelord.

The way this’ll work is that I’ll spend one page establishing the power levels of the opponents and then on the next page I’ll examine the fight itself.

We all know Spider-Man well enough. Proportionate strength of a spider. Gotcha.

So how about Firelord? Introduced in Thor #225, he actually didn’t tussle much with Thor OR Hercules in his first appearance. He fought them both, but they were quick fights that didn’t really establish much.

Thor #246 (by Len Wein, John Buscema and Joe Sinnott) was a bit longer of a fight…

As you can see, Firelord acquits himself very well against Thor.

Next up in X-Men #105 (by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and Bob Layton), where Firelord (who has been tricked by Erik the Red into believing that the X-Men are bad guys by having a mind-controlled Havok and Polaris attack him) wipes the floor with three groups of the X-Men in an instant…

He then holds his own against the Phoenix (you might recognize the cameos of Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum from this past weekend’s Comic Book Easter Eggs spotlighting Claremont cameos in X-Men comics)…

And even when she ultimately defeats him…

He’s back on his feet in minutes (but she’s off on an outer space adventure)…

Finally, in Thor #306 (by Mark Gruenwald, Ralph Macchio, Keith Pollard and a bunch of inkers), when Firelord thinks Thor killed his very close friend, Air-Walker (I don’t know if Gruenwald and Macchio intended it or not, but they sure seemed to be suggesting that Firelord and Air-Walker were more than just friends), he goes nuts on Thor and more than stands up to Thor…

This, then, brings us to Amazing Spider-Man #270…

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