History ComicBook / ThePunisher

19th Nov '17 2:55:58 AM LordGoatKing
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** Nick Fury is well aware of Frank's capabilities, and despite him having no superpowers, he states that Frank's training, fighting skills, use of weaponry, and ability to carefully plan his attacks make him the equal of many supers. He even goes so far as to tell his people that if they ever really needed to take out Doctor Doom, part of the plan would be to drop both the Hulk ''and'' the Punisher into Latveria and turn them loose. This actually makes very good sense, as Doom would likely focus all his efforts on the Hulk and not have the time to realize how much Frank was fucking things up under the radar or the resources to spare in order to deal with him.

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** Nick Fury is well aware of Frank's capabilities, and despite him having no superpowers, he states that Frank's training, fighting skills, use of weaponry, and ability to carefully plan his attacks make him the equal of many supers. He even goes so far as to tell his people that if they ever really needed to take out Doctor Doom, part of the plan would be to drop both the Hulk ''and'' the Punisher into Latveria and on opposite ends of Latveria, turn them loose.loose, and watch to see which one would reach the center of the nation (and Doom) first. This actually makes very good sense, as Doom would likely focus all his efforts on the Hulk and not have the time to realize how much Frank was fucking things up under the radar or the resources to spare in order to deal with him.
13th Nov '17 11:05:10 AM bweb
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An AlternateUniverse version is a major character in the SpiderGwen books, where he's portrayed as being somewhat less stable than the mainstream version.
30th Oct '17 10:59:56 AM Chabal2
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* PhraseCatcher: Joan the Mouse is prone to saying "Oh dear" whenever there's a problem. When a Russian mobster is rendered helpless by Frank's trap and Frank finds out he only has a tiny Swiss Army Knife to dispatch him with...
--> '''Frank:''' Oh dear.
8th Oct '17 6:01:28 AM jormis29
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21st Sep '17 8:30:06 AM StFan
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For a while the Punisher appeared mostly in titles starring ComicBook/SpiderMan (see ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga''). He received his first origin story in ''Marvel Preview'' #2 (April, 1975), again written by Conway. He received another solo story in ''Marvel Super Action'' #1 (January, 1976), a one-shot publication. After that Punisher returned to making appearances in titles featuring Spider-Man, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, and ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}. In the [[TheEighties 1980s]], Steven Grant and Mike Zeck campaigned for a Punisher mini-series. But Marvel editors were reportedly reluctant. The series eventually did materialize: ''[[Comicbook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood Punisher]]'' [[Comicbook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood vol. 1]] (January-May, 1986). It sold well and consequently Punisher gained his first ongoing series in 1987. The Punisher has since starred in various magazines over the years, even gaining four multi-part events that ran through various titles in the nineties, said events being ''Comicbook/SuicideRun, Countdown'', and ''Over the Edge''.

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For a while the Punisher appeared mostly in titles starring ComicBook/SpiderMan (see ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga''). He received his first origin story in ''Marvel Preview'' #2 (April, 1975), again written by Conway. He received another solo story in ''Marvel Super Action'' #1 (January, 1976), a one-shot publication. After that Punisher returned to making appearances in titles featuring Spider-Man, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, and ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}. In the [[TheEighties 1980s]], Steven Grant and Mike Zeck campaigned for a Punisher mini-series. But Marvel editors were reportedly reluctant. The series eventually did materialize: ''[[Comicbook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood Punisher]]'' [[Comicbook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood [[ComicBook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood vol. 1]] (January-May, 1986). It sold well and consequently Punisher gained his first ongoing series in 1987. The Punisher has since starred in various magazines over the years, even gaining four multi-part events that ran through various titles in the nineties, said events being ''Comicbook/SuicideRun, ''ComicBook/SuicideRun, Countdown'', and ''Over the Edge''.



* ''Comicbook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood'' (1986) -- Punisher's very first solo title.
* ''Comicbook/ThePunisher2099'' (1993-1995) -- A comic set in AlternateContinuity future of ''ComicBook/Marvel2099''.
* ''Comicbook/SuicideRun'' (1993-1994) -- An eleven-part storyline event that ran through the main ''Punisher'' title, ''The Punisher: War Journal'' and ''The Punisher: War Zone''.
* ''Comicbook/ArchieMeetsThePunisher'' (1994) -- An offbeat IntercontinuityCrossover with Franchise/ArchieComics.
* ''Comicbook/ThePunisherKillsTheMarvelUniverse'' (1995) -- A WhatIf comic written by Creator/GarthEnnis years before his more regular work with the character.
* ''Comicbook/ThePunisherPurgatory'' (1998) -- A miniseries that [[ReTool Re Tooled]] the character into a sort-of agent for heaven.

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* ''Comicbook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood'' ''ComicBook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood'' (1986) -- Punisher's very first solo title.
* ''Comicbook/ThePunisher2099'' ''ComicBook/ThePunisher2099'' (1993-1995) -- A comic set in AlternateContinuity future of ''ComicBook/Marvel2099''.
* ''Comicbook/SuicideRun'' ''ComicBook/SuicideRun'' (1993-1994) -- An eleven-part storyline event that ran through the main ''Punisher'' title, ''The Punisher: War Journal'' and ''The Punisher: War Zone''.
* ''Comicbook/ArchieMeetsThePunisher'' ''ComicBook/ArchieMeetsThePunisher'' (1994) -- An offbeat IntercontinuityCrossover with Franchise/ArchieComics.
* ''Comicbook/ThePunisherKillsTheMarvelUniverse'' ''ComicBook/ThePunisherKillsTheMarvelUniverse'' (1995) -- A WhatIf comic written by Creator/GarthEnnis years before his more regular work with the character.
* ''Comicbook/ThePunisherPurgatory'' ''ComicBook/ThePunisherPurgatory'' (1998) -- A miniseries that [[ReTool Re Tooled]] the character into a sort-of agent for heaven.



* ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX'' (2004-2009 and 2010-2012) -- AlternateContinuity series set in the Marvel's DarkerAndEdgier MAX imprint. The page also lists the various oneshots and miniseries set there.

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* ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX'' ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' (2004-2009 and 2010-2012) -- AlternateContinuity series set in the Marvel's DarkerAndEdgier MAX imprint. The page also lists the various oneshots and miniseries set there.



* ''Comicbook/PunisherNoir'' (2009) -- An AlternateContinuity miniseries, where the Punisher does his work in the 1930s New York.
* ''Comicbook/MarvelUniverseVsThePunisher'' (2010) -- An AlternateContinuity miniseries where Punisher has to fight the heroes and villains of Marvel who have been turned into sadistic cannibals.
* ''Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' (2012-2014) -- The Punisher was one of the anti-heroes recruited by General Ross (aka ComicBook/RedHulk) for his version of the team.
* ''ComicBook/DeadpoolVsThePunisher'' (2017) -- A five-issue miniseries that pits the One Man War on Crime against the Merc with a Mouth.

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* ''Comicbook/PunisherNoir'' ''ComicBook/PunisherNoir'' (2009) -- An AlternateContinuity miniseries, where the Punisher does his work in the 1930s New York.
* ''Comicbook/MarvelUniverseVsThePunisher'' ''ComicBook/MarvelUniverseVsThePunisher'' (2010) -- An AlternateContinuity miniseries where Punisher has to fight the heroes and villains of Marvel who have been turned into sadistic cannibals.
* ''Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' (2012-2014) -- The Punisher was one of the anti-heroes recruited by General Ross (aka ComicBook/RedHulk) for his version of the team.
* ''ComicBook/DeadpoolVsThePunisher'' (2017) -- A five-issue miniseries that pits the One Man One-Man War on Crime against the Merc with a Mouth.



* ''[[VideoGame/ThePunisherCapcom The Punisher]]'' (1993) -- A BeatEmUp from Creator/{{Capcom}}, which also features Comicbook/NickFury as a playable character.

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* ''[[VideoGame/ThePunisherCapcom The Punisher]]'' (1993) -- A BeatEmUp from Creator/{{Capcom}}, which also features Comicbook/NickFury ComicBook/NickFury as a playable character.



* AlwaysABiggerFish: Frank easily kills normal human villains -- put him against a genuine supervillain, though, and he's in trouble. Taken to its logical conclusion with the "Punisher vs. Daken (aka Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}'s psychotic killing machine of a son with all of dad's powers)" story arc in ''Comicbook/DarkReign'': Daken takes Frank apart. ''Literally''.
** He's had bigger success against lower-level superpowered villains who dont know how to use their powers properly. One of his biggest victories was against ''Electro'' though this didn't result in Electro's death.

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* AlwaysABiggerFish: Frank easily kills normal human villains -- put villains. Put him against a genuine supervillain, though, and he's in trouble. Taken to its logical conclusion with the "Punisher vs. Daken (aka Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}'s (a.k.a. ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'s psychotic killing machine of a son with all of dad's powers)" story arc in ''Comicbook/DarkReign'': ''ComicBook/DarkReign'': Daken takes Frank apart. ''Literally''.
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''Literally''. He's had bigger success against lower-level superpowered villains who dont don't know how to use their powers properly. One of his biggest victories was against ''Electro'' ''Electro'', though this didn't result in Electro's death.



** When Frank walks in on Anti-Venom busting a Mexican crime syndicate in ''New Ways to Live'', they team up until he realizes Anti-Venom is his old adversary [[Comicbook/{{Venom}} Eddie Brock]]. Castle promptly shoots Anti-Venom -- who was in the process of thanking him -- [[ChunkySalsaRule point-blank in the face with a shotgun]], and when the last surviving thug takes the ex-drug addict Anti-Venom had been using as an informant hostage, Frank coldly states, "That's not a girl... [[ItIsDehumanizing it's]] a junkie" and takes aim, causing Anti-Venom to [[HealingFactor pull his head back together]], ''severely'' pissed off, and smash Frank through a wall. Frank reluctantly agrees to a truce, but spends the rest of the series trying to catch Eddie with his symbiote retracted, rebuking Eddie pointing out they're NotSoDifferent, and makes no secret of his intent to kill Eddie the moment he lets his guard down.

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** When Frank walks in on Anti-Venom busting a Mexican crime syndicate in ''New Ways to Live'', they team up until he realizes Anti-Venom is his old adversary [[Comicbook/{{Venom}} [[ComicBook/{{Venom}} Eddie Brock]]. Castle promptly shoots Anti-Venom -- who was in the process of thanking him -- [[ChunkySalsaRule point-blank in the face with a shotgun]], and when the last surviving thug takes the ex-drug addict Anti-Venom had been using as an informant hostage, Frank coldly states, "That's not a girl... [[ItIsDehumanizing it's]] a junkie" and takes aim, causing Anti-Venom to [[HealingFactor pull his head back together]], ''severely'' pissed off, and smash Frank through a wall. Frank reluctantly agrees to a truce, but spends the rest of the series trying to catch Eddie with his symbiote retracted, rebuking Eddie pointing out they're NotSoDifferent, and makes no secret of his intent to kill Eddie the moment he lets his guard down.



* CrisisCrossover: He tends to be left out of these big events, partly because they don't fit his "''realistic''" tone, and partly because, as mentioned above, most of the spandex set ''really'' don't like him, and would rather he was in jail. Three notable exceptions:
** In the ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', ComicBook/CaptainAmerica recruited him for the anti-registration side. Most of Cap's allies hated this -- especially when Cap tried to recruit some low-level villains, who the Punisher promptly ''shot dead in front of everyone''.

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* CrisisCrossover: He tends to be left out of these big events, partly because they don't fit his "''realistic''" tone, and partly because, as mentioned above, most of the spandex set ''really'' don't like him, and would rather he was see him in jail. Three notable exceptions:
** In the ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', ComicBook/CaptainAmerica recruited recruits him for the anti-registration side. Most of Cap's allies hated hate this -- especially when Cap tried tries to recruit some low-level villains, who the Punisher promptly ''shot ''shoots dead in front of everyone''.



** In SecretWars2015 Frank takes advantage of the impending EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt to [[spoiler: kill Kingpin, Green Goblin, Sandman, Lizard, Absorbing Man and Bullseye, who are celebrating the apocalypse at a super-villain party.]]

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** In SecretWars2015 ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'', Frank takes advantage of the impending EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt to [[spoiler: kill Kingpin, Green Goblin, Sandman, Lizard, Absorbing Man and Bullseye, who are celebrating the apocalypse at a super-villain party.]]



* DarkerAndEdgier: Though pretty mainstream by today's standards, the first Punisher miniseries (''[[Comicbook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood Circle of Blood]]'') was a far cry from most other Marvel Comics products of the mid 1980s. Today, ''The Punisher: Frank Castle'' (the MAX imprint title) is the epitome of this trope for Marvel.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Though pretty mainstream by today's standards, the first Punisher miniseries (''[[Comicbook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood (''[[ComicBook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood Circle of Blood]]'') was a far cry from most other Marvel Comics products of the mid 1980s. Today, ''The Punisher: Frank Castle'' (the MAX imprint title) is the epitome of this trope for Marvel.



** In a ''What If'', Castle visits the Our Lady of Saints church a few minutes before Eddie Brock does and winds up becoming Comicbook/{{Venom}}. Not knowing what the symbiote is (he thought it might be some sort of SHIELD experimental weapon) he uses the suit to it's full extent, until it starts going out at night when he's asleep to kill people, and at one point even hits Microchip. When the symbiote is cornered by Franchise/SpiderMan, ComicBook/MoonKnight and ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}, Frank regains consciousness and realizes what has happened. He undergoes a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind and regains control of his body, and tells the symbiote that he will literally blow his brains out rather than let it control him, and basically forces it to obey him.

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** In a ''What If'', Castle visits the Our Lady of Saints church a few minutes before Eddie Brock does and winds up becoming Comicbook/{{Venom}}.ComicBook/{{Venom}}. Not knowing what the symbiote is (he thought it might be some sort of SHIELD experimental weapon) he uses the suit to it's full extent, until it starts going out at night when he's asleep to kill people, and at one point even hits Microchip. When the symbiote is cornered by Franchise/SpiderMan, ComicBook/MoonKnight and ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}, Frank regains consciousness and realizes what has happened. He undergoes a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind and regains control of his body, and tells the symbiote that he will literally blow his brains out rather than let it control him, and basically forces it to obey him.



* HeroAntagonist: Any superhero that shows up in his comics is likely to become this. Especially Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, who is the superhero most determined to put a stop to the Punisher, to the point where they might as well be members of their respective [[RoguesGallery rogues galleries]].

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* HeroAntagonist: Any superhero that shows up in his comics is likely to become this. Especially Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}, who is the superhero most determined to put a stop to the Punisher, to the point where they might as well be members of their respective [[RoguesGallery rogues galleries]].



* InterContinuityCrossover: With ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' (twice), ''Franchise/ArchieComics'', ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}'', ''Comicbook/PainkillerJane'' and the rapper Music/{{Eminem}}.

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* InterContinuityCrossover: With ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' (twice), ''Franchise/ArchieComics'', ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}'', ''Comicbook/PainkillerJane'' ''ComicBook/{{Witchblade}}'', ''ComicBook/PainkillerJane'' and the rapper Music/{{Eminem}}.



** Most notably, the Kingpin. The biggest gang boss in New York, but it's been explained that Frank can't kill him because if he does, New York will be devastated by gangs trying to take his place.[[note]]The Punisher's [[Comicbook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood first miniseries]] actually had Frank claim to have killed Fisk, who was not in New York at the time. He spends the following issues trying to stop the resulting gang war from spiraling out of control.[[/note]] Also Jigsaw, who Frank has let live numerous times [[spoiler:except in [[Film/PunisherWarZone the 2008 movie]], where Frank impales him with a metal rod, then pushes him onto a large torch]]. [[spoiler: Frank finally kills Kingpin, along with Bullseye, Green Goblin, and several other villains for real just before the Incursion that destroys Earth-616.]]

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** Most notably, the Kingpin. The biggest gang boss in New York, but it's been explained that Frank can't kill him because if he does, New York will be devastated by gangs trying to take his place.[[note]]The Punisher's [[Comicbook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood [[ComicBook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood first miniseries]] actually had Frank claim to have killed Fisk, who was not in New York at the time. He spends the following issues trying to stop the resulting gang war from spiraling out of control.[[/note]] Also Jigsaw, who Frank has let live numerous times [[spoiler:except in [[Film/PunisherWarZone the 2008 movie]], where Frank impales him with a metal rod, then pushes him onto a large torch]]. [[spoiler: Frank finally kills Kingpin, along with Bullseye, Green Goblin, and several other villains for real just before the Incursion that destroys Earth-616.]]



* OhCrap: Punisher was taken aback when [[Comicbook/{{Venom}} Anti-Venom]] got back up after having his head blown in half by a shotgun.
* OneManArmy: In the side materials to ''Comicbok/SecretWar'', ComicBook/NickFury compares the Punisher's destructive capabilities to that of ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk's''.

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* OhCrap: Punisher was taken aback when [[Comicbook/{{Venom}} [[ComicBook/{{Venom}} Anti-Venom]] got back up after having his head blown in half by a shotgun.
* OneManArmy: In the side materials to ''Comicbok/SecretWar'', ComicBook/NickFury compares the Punisher's destructive capabilities to that of ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk's''.''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk's''.



* PowerCopying: ''New Ways To Live'' reveals that Punisher got replicas of Captain America's shield, the Green Goblin's glider, and Doctor Octopus' tentacles from a raid on one of Comicbook/TheHood's weapons stashes.

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* PowerCopying: ''New Ways To Live'' reveals that Punisher got replicas of Captain America's shield, the Green Goblin's glider, and Doctor Octopus' tentacles from a raid on one of Comicbook/TheHood's ComicBook/TheHood's weapons stashes.



** [[spoiler:Frank himself]] gets one in ''Comicbook/DarkReign'', when Daken quite literally tears him apart piece by piece. Then Morbius the Living Vampire brings him back as a patchwork monster [[spoiler:(Franken-Castle).]]

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** [[spoiler:Frank himself]] gets one in ''Comicbook/DarkReign'', ''ComicBook/DarkReign'', when Daken quite literally tears him apart piece by piece. Then Morbius the Living Vampire brings him back as a patchwork monster [[spoiler:(Franken-Castle).]]



* TheResenter: In the ''Blood & Glory'' crossover miniseries with Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, Punisher resents Cap for being hailed as a hero of World War II, whereas he and other Vietnam veterans were branded as murderers of innocents for just being part of an unpopular conflict. Which makes it all the easier for the bad guys to dupe Punisher to believe that Cap is corrupted and part of the illegal weapons deals that had been happening recently, and try to assassinate him.

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* TheResenter: In the ''Blood & Glory'' crossover miniseries with Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Punisher resents Cap for being hailed as a hero of World War II, whereas he and other Vietnam veterans were branded as murderers of innocents for just being part of an unpopular conflict. Which makes it all the easier for the bad guys to dupe Punisher to believe that Cap is corrupted and part of the illegal weapons deals that had been happening recently, and try to assassinate him.



* SerialKiller: In the ''Young Masters'' arc of ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'', Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) notes that the superhero community of the MarvelUniverse only sees the Punisher as a serial killer and any real hero would bring him down as hard as any villain if necessary.
* SerialKillerKiller: Frank's more of a Mass Murderer Murderer, but he still fits.

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* SerialKiller: In the ''Young Masters'' arc of ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'', Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) notes that the superhero community of the MarvelUniverse Franchise/MarvelUniverse only sees the Punisher as a serial killer and any real hero would bring him down as hard as any villain if necessary.
* SerialKillerKiller: Frank's more of a Mass Murderer Mass-Murderer Murderer, but he still fits.



** Also goes for Frank's last name (sometimes his birth name is Castiglione, other times it isn't; the whole thing was a clumsy attempt to add mobbed-up relatives as part of an ExpansionPackPast) and his Vietnam service (usually shown as an officer, many stories feature him instead as an enlisted rifleman). Several attempts at an AuthorsSavingThrow have him illegally re-entering the Marine Corps under his assumed name, which only raises further questions.
*** Actually, Castiglione was established as his birth name in the first comic that his name was mentioned in at all. It was said that his parents changed it from Castiglione to Castle when he was six years old. It's not uncommon for imigrants to Americanize their surnames so maybe it was just to give some extra backstory originaly.

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** Also goes for Frank's last name (sometimes his birth name is Castiglione, other times it isn't; the whole thing was a clumsy attempt to add mobbed-up relatives as part of an ExpansionPackPast) and his Vietnam service (usually shown as an officer, many stories feature him instead as an enlisted rifleman). Several attempts at an AuthorsSavingThrow have him illegally re-entering the Marine Corps under his assumed name, which only raises further questions.
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questions. Castiglione was established as his birth name in the first comic that his name was mentioned in at all. It was said that his parents changed it from Castiglione to Castle when he was six years old. It's not uncommon for imigrants immigrants to Americanize their surnames surnames, so maybe it was just to give some extra backstory originaly.
5th Sep '17 10:49:08 AM hullflyer
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** He's had bigger success against lower-level superpowered villains who dont know how to use their powers properly. One of his biggest victories was against ''Electro'' though this didnt result in Electros death.

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** He's had bigger success against lower-level superpowered villains who dont know how to use their powers properly. One of his biggest victories was against ''Electro'' though this didnt didn't result in Electros Electro's death.
4th Sep '17 1:13:19 PM HawkbitAlpha
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The character himself often suffers from inconsistent writing. Many writers have portrayed him as a good man at heart who sincerely does want to help people and keep them from suffering the same way he did, while other writers have portrayed him as a psychopath with no pity for anyone and no motivation beyond killing criminals. There are two notably different Punisher series: the main Marvel Universe series and a second series created for Marvel's adults-only [[Creator/MarvelMAX MAX]] imprint (originally titled ''The Punisher'' and referred to as ''Punisher MAX'', before changing to ''The Punisher: Frank Castle'' and then [=PunisherMAX=]). This latter version, written almost exclusively by Creator/GarthEnnis for four years, features no superheroes and is deeply rooted in "mundane" crime -- TheMafia, Irish terrorist cells, Eastern European sex slavers, gangsters and real-life wars are prominent. It is also considerably less funny than the mainstream Marvel series, though there are touches of black humor here and there. The MAX series is written much more consistently than the mainstream version, due to being almost entirely shaped by Garth Ennis' vision of the character; this series is also notorious for its moral absolutism. The Marvel Universe version may be willing to excuse himself for killing a friend's girlfriend while under the influence of a "hate ray", but the first post-Ennis MAX issue sees Frank on the edge of killing himself after believing that his instinctive shooting had led to an innocent girl's death, declaring to himself that "I must be punished."[[note]]Realizing the possibility of a setup is the only thing that lets him live long enough to exhume the body, which he finds was slain with a bullet of a different caliber from what he had been carrying. Turned out that [[DrivenToSuicide it was a setup]] to get him out of the way of a local crime syndicate.[[/note]]

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The character himself [[DependingOnTheWriter often suffers from inconsistent writing. writing.]] Many writers have portrayed him as a good man at heart who sincerely does want to help people and keep them from suffering the same way he did, while other writers have portrayed him as a psychopath with no pity for anyone and no motivation beyond killing criminals. There are two notably different Punisher series: the main Marvel Universe series and a second series created for Marvel's adults-only [[Creator/MarvelMAX MAX]] imprint (originally titled ''The Punisher'' and referred to as ''Punisher MAX'', before changing to ''The Punisher: Frank Castle'' and then [=PunisherMAX=]). This latter version, written almost exclusively by Creator/GarthEnnis for four years, features no superheroes and is deeply rooted in "mundane" crime -- TheMafia, Irish terrorist cells, Eastern European sex slavers, gangsters and real-life wars are prominent. It is also considerably less funny than the mainstream Marvel series, though there are touches of black humor here and there. The MAX series is written much more consistently than the mainstream version, due to being almost entirely shaped by Garth Ennis' vision of the character; this series is also notorious for its moral absolutism. The Marvel Universe version may be willing to excuse himself for killing a friend's girlfriend while under the influence of a "hate ray", but the first post-Ennis MAX issue sees Frank on the edge of killing himself after believing that his instinctive shooting had led to an innocent girl's death, declaring to himself that "I must be punished."[[note]]Realizing the possibility of a setup is the only thing that lets him live long enough to exhume the body, which he finds was slain with a bullet of a different caliber from what he had been carrying. Turned out that [[DrivenToSuicide it was a setup]] to get him out of the way of a local crime syndicate.[[/note]]
11th Aug '17 3:56:20 PM erforce
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* ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisherBorn Born]]'' (2003) -- A four issue mini series that details Frank's third and final tour of duty in Vietnam. Also written by Creator/GarthEnnis

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* ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisherBorn Born]]'' (2003) -- A four issue mini series that details Frank's third and final tour of duty in Vietnam. Vietnam, which was later became the starting point for the MAX series. Also written by Creator/GarthEnnisCreator/GarthEnnis.
11th Aug '17 3:05:17 PM SFH
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-->''"[[Series/{{Daredevil}} You]]'re just one bad day away from being me..."''

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-->''"[[Series/{{Daredevil}} You]]'re -->''"[[Series/Daredevil2015 You]] know you're just one bad day away from being me..."''
26th Jul '17 7:22:06 AM LordOfTheSword
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Possibly the most enduring DarkerAndEdgier AntiHero ever to appear in a comic, the Punisher is one of [[MarvelUniverse Marvel's]] most reliable [[CashCowFranchise cash cows]], a VigilanteMan and JudgeJuryAndExecutioner whose only passion is finding and executing criminals in the most brutal (and sometimes [[CoolAndUnusualDeath imaginative]]) ways possible. The Punisher first appeared in ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #129 (February, 1974), created by writer Creator/GerryConway, along with artists John Romita, Sr. and Ross Andru.

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Possibly the most enduring DarkerAndEdgier AntiHero ever to appear in a comic, the Punisher is one of [[MarvelUniverse Marvel's]] most reliable [[CashCowFranchise cash cows]], a VigilanteMan and JudgeJuryAndExecutioner whose only passion is finding and executing criminals in the most brutal (and sometimes [[CoolAndUnusualDeath [[CruelAndUnusualDeath imaginative]]) ways possible. The Punisher first appeared in ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #129 (February, 1974), created by writer Creator/GerryConway, along with artists John Romita, Sr. and Ross Andru.
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