History ComicBook / ThePunisher

13th Jul '16 12:39:39 AM Commander808-2
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* {{Badbutt}}: Any animated version of him will inevitably wind up as this, with the exception of ''Anime/IronManRiseOfTechnovore'', which shows him killing a group of terrorists and acting more like his comic book depiction.

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* {{Badbutt}}: Any animated version of him will inevitably wind up as this, with the exception of ''Anime/IronManRiseOfTechnovore'', which shows him killing a group of terrorists and acting more like his comic book depiction.this.
10th Jul '16 1:40:11 AM StarTreker
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*** 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.
30th Jun '16 9:37:25 AM TheWanderer
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* FromCamouflageToCriminal: Frank went from being a marine in his back story to a VigilanteMan who serves as JudgeJuryAndExecutioner on other criminals. He's also encountered a number of criminals who were in the military before turning to organized crime.
18th Jun '16 4:05:03 PM Anicomicgeek
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** Frank's UltimateMarvel counterpart may be even more fanatic about his crusade than Frank is. Even having the UltimateMarvel version of ComicBook/GhostRider, an agent of {{Satan}}, telling him "''keep up the good work''" doesn't dissuade him from his killing spree. He thinks the message comes from his family, or maybe even God himself.
* FollowTheLeader: Almost single-handedly kick-started the DarkerAndEdgier trend of the late 80s and on through the 90s, and remains one of the few such series/characters to have retained his popularity and effectiveness after it died out (though Lord knows he's had his share of {{Dork Age}}s).

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** Frank's UltimateMarvel ComicBook/UltimateMarvel counterpart may be even more fanatic about his crusade than Frank is. Even having the UltimateMarvel version of ComicBook/GhostRider, an agent of {{Satan}}, telling him "''keep up the good work''" doesn't dissuade him from his killing spree. He thinks the message comes from his family, or maybe even God himself.
* FollowTheLeader: Almost single-handedly kick-started the DarkerAndEdgier trend of the late 80s and on through the 90s, and remains one of the few such series/characters to have retained his popularity and effectiveness after it died out (though Lord knows he's had his share of {{Dork Age}}s).
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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 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/PunisheWarZone 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 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/PunisheWarZone [[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.]]



* StrawmanHasAPoint: The liberal social worker who Frank meets in one storyline points out that Punisher kills society's victims more often than he kills true villains. He even acknowledges that she has a point when he later confronts a group of murderous homeless and find it difficult to pull the trigger, since most of them are too far gone to understand what they're doing anymore. In an uncharacteristic move, he gives them all a chance to flee, a chance most of them take.
10th Jun '16 2:37:47 AM SilentStranger
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* AllCrimesAreEqual: In some stories, many later stories subvert this somewhat, by having Frank focus on higher ranking Criminals.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:The infamous comic of Frank traveling back in time to kill Al Capone is just Frank having a dream.]]

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* AllCrimesAreEqual: In some stories, many later stories subvert this somewhat, by During his days as a semi-antagonist in the pages of Spiderman and Daredevil, Punisher briefly became one of these, going after people for crimes like ''jaywalking and littering'', having Frank focus on higher ranking Criminals.
gone off the deep end and decided that all small crimes eventually cascade into big ones. This was eventually retconned when he was given his own series and it was revealed that he'd been involuntarily drugged during this period and eventually detoxed in prison. These days he doesnt care much about crimes beyond drug dealing and murder, though he's obviously not happy with smaller crimes either.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:The infamous comic of Frank traveling back in time to kill Al Capone is just Frank having a dream.]] "His favorite" as he claims]]


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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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* ThatManIsDead: Many superheroes and even villains make the mistake of trying to appeal to Frank Castle's conscience, honor, morality or anything else they can think of. Frank Castle is dead. Only the Punisher remains.
4th Jun '16 4:12:15 PM nombretomado
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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: The Punisher is modeled very closely on the character of Mack Bolan, who also lost his family to mob violence and becomes a vigilante with the nickname "TheExecutioner". Mack Bolan was featured in a series of books that were first published in 1968, and new books in the series [[PrintLongRunners still come out today]].

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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: The Punisher is modeled very closely on the character of Mack Bolan, who also lost his family to mob violence and becomes a vigilante with the nickname "TheExecutioner"."Literature/TheExecutioner". Mack Bolan was featured in a series of books that were first published in 1968, and new books in the series [[PrintLongRunners still come out today]].
4th Jun '16 2:47:06 PM amphiboly
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26th May '16 2:17:45 PM LordOfTheSword
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->''When mobsters slew his family, Frank Castle vowed to spend the rest of his life avenging them! Trained as a soldier, and equipped with state-of-the-art arsenal, he now wages a one-man war on crime!''

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->''When mobsters slew his family, Frank Castle vowed to spend ->''Just about every superhero has some kind of strict moral code, usually regarding murdering their enemies (they're against it). Comics writers put the rest of his life avenging them! Trained as a soldier, moral code in to keep our heroes likable, and equipped with state-of-the-art arsenal, to prove that they're better than the murderous, costumed villains they fight. But comics writers were allowed ''one guy''. ''One'' hero who was going to look and act like a villain. A guy whose only power was that he now wages was crazy and had lots of guns. No code. No moral hang-ups. Just a one-man war on crime!''
"murder the bad guys" kinda guy. That hero is the Punisher.''
-->-[[Website/{{Cracked}} Cracked.com]], [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19589_the-6-most-unintentionally-hilarious-superhero-reinventions.html The 6 Most Hilarious Superhero Reinventions]]
19th May '16 8:42:41 AM Doug86
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For a while the Punisher appeared mostly in titles starring ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}} (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/{{Spider-Man}} 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''.



** The Punisher is often presented this way whenever he makes a guest appearance in more idealistic books like ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'' or ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}''. However, in his own books, he's portrayed as a profoundly messed up individual, more tortured machine than man.

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** The Punisher is often presented this way whenever he makes a guest appearance in more idealistic books like ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'' ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' or ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}''. However, in his own books, he's portrayed as a profoundly messed up individual, more tortured machine than man.
15th May '16 4:32:23 AM erforce
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* InterContinuityCrossover: With ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' (twice), ''Franchise/ArchieComics'', ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}'', ''Comicbook/PainkillerJane'' and the rapper Music/{{Eminem}}.
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