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The Wrong Side: Venom vs. Juggernaut

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The Wrong Side: Venom vs. Juggernaut

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!

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Keith, we look at the Venom’s surprising success against the Juggernaut..

As always, the first page spotlights their power levels and the second page examines the fight itself.

And as always, the first question we need to ask is…

How did these people do when they fought Spider-Man?

Spider-Man once fought Juggernaut in a comic book you might have heard of, by Roger Stern, John Romita Jr. and Jim Mooney. He did not fare so well on the whole “hurting him” level…

and later…

So Spidey wins, but not through physically overpowering Juggernaut, as the Juggernaut is much stronger than him.

When Venom first showed up in Amazing Spider-Man #300 (by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane), we established that Spider-Man really needs weapons (Venom is susceptible to sonic weapons and fire) to stop him or cleverness (at the end of the issue, he forces Venom to use up so much webbing that the suit can’t make anymore and Venom crashes to the ground from the roof, knocking him out cold)…

In the rematch in Amazing Spider-Man #316 (by Michelinie and McFarlane), things are still more in Venom’s favor…

This continues the next issue…

(Spidey ultimately wins by offering himself to the symbiote, causing a psychic backlash between the suit and Eddie Brock).

Finally, in Amazing Spider-Man #375 (by David Michelinie, Mark Bagley and Randy Emberlin), Venom again fares very well against Spider-Man (in a story designed to spin Venom off into is own series)…

So Venom IS seemingly stronger than Spider-Man, but Spider-Man clearly CAN hang with Venom, while he can’t even get Juggernaut to flinch, so it is logical that the Juggernaut would be on a higher level than Venom, right?

Well, let’s see the fight!

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