Quote:I asked the same thing myself - why does Adam get so much more respect?
Adam DOES have better feats however, he's taken on multiple heroes, all down to his warrior training and ferocity. If you have any scans of clean wins from Billy, I would like to see them.
I've read a fair bit of Captain Marvel's series and JSA, and I don't recall Billy straight up punching Adam out ever. Either their fights end inconclusively, or there's some kind of extenuating circumstance involved, like Billy managing to depower Adam by removing his Scarab necklace the first time they fought.
That and there is another time when BA threatens a passenger jet in order to force Billy to stop fighting and leave. Up until then, it was a back and forth. So it seems that BA's aggressiveness has not given him any noticeable advantage over Billy in a clean fight.
Billy may have beaten him cleanly pre-crisis.