Who is the Punisher?
His enemies know him as The Punisher, we know him as Frank Castle. Although his character has changed over the years a few key plots have always remained the same. He has always been a war veteran, his family is always taken from him in a criminal shootout, he always swears to punish those responsible. He dons a white skull on black to let his enemies know that their date with death is soon! Is he a hero or a villain? You can argue both, but in the end Frank Castle knows what he does is right.
The Punisher’s Publication History:
The Punisher was first introduced as a villain to the friendly neighborhood Spiderman in Amazing Spider-Man 129 in 1974 by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru and John Romita Sr. The Punisher would go to cameo in other Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Captain America. Frank Castle would not get his own solo mini series until 1986. He would spawn three aditional ongoing series titled The Punisher, The Punisher: War Zone, The Punisher: War Journal over the following years. After hundreds of comic issues the sales started to decline and Marvel turned to writer Garth Ennis to help turn the character around. Ennis would go on to write iconic storylines that inspired the movies and TV shows we have grown to love!
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