History Comicbook / ThePunisher

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}}.
10th May '16 12:20:09 PM Hanz
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** Naturally, he avoids lethal force against superheroes as well, with the exception of the {{Elseworld}} issue ''Comicbook/ThePunisherKillsTheMarvelUniverse''.

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** Naturally, he avoids lethal force against superheroes as well, with the exception of the {{Elseworld}} issue ''Comicbook/ThePunisherKillsTheMarvelUniverse''.''Comicbook/ThePunisherKillsTheMarvelUniverse'' as well as heroes [[GoodThingYouCanHeal who can heal off typically dangerous injuries]].
29th Apr '16 12:18:27 PM pepsimax
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When his film rights reverted back to Marvel in the early 2010s, many wondered if The Punisher ever officially join the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Outside of a reference in the Film/{{Marvel One Shot|s}} ''All Hall the King'', there weren't any immediate plans to reintroduce the character. In June 2015, it was announced that The Punisher would make his MCU debut during the second season of ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', played by Creator/JonBernthal. Before the season was even released, Netflix execs started bringing up the possibility of his getting his own show.

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When his film rights reverted back to Marvel in the early 2010s, many wondered if The Punisher ever officially join the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Outside of a reference in the Film/{{Marvel One Shot|s}} ''All Hall the King'', there weren't any immediate plans to reintroduce the character. In June 2015, it was announced that The Punisher would make his MCU debut during the second season of ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'', played by Creator/JonBernthal. Before After months of speculation following the season release of ''Daredevil'', it was even released, Netflix execs started bringing up the possibility of his getting later confirmed that The Punisher would later spinoff into his own show.
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* ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' season two (2016) -- Played by Creator/JonBernthal.

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* ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' season two (2016) Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse (2016 -- Played present), played by Creator/JonBernthal.
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** ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'' (2016)
** ''The Punisher'' (TBD)
25th Apr '16 11:50:44 AM SilentStranger
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** KillThePoor-themed vigilante The Elite's son comes after Frank for killing his father, using the same identity. It didnt work out for him either.



* ButtMonkey: Detective Soap, the biggest joke of NYPD, is the prime example. For that matter, if you're a police officer and The Punisher's case is assigned to you, it's a sure sign that you're in danger of becoming this. Charlie Schitti would be another great example of ButtMonkey, if not for the fact that just still being alive at the end is remarkably lucky for a (former) mobster.

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* ButtMonkey: Detective Soap, the biggest joke of NYPD, is the prime example. For that matter, if you're a police officer and The Punisher's case is assigned to you, it's a sure sign that you're in danger of becoming this. Charlie Schitti would be another great example of ButtMonkey, if not for the fact that just still being alive and not crippled or disfigured at the end is remarkably lucky for a (former) mobster.mobster. Of course


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* EatTheRich: Copycat vigilante Mr Payback, who targeted corrupt businessmen and other rich peopel who prey on the poor. A good deal more sympathetic than his fellow copycats The Holy and The Elite. However, he accidently killed an innocent cleaningwoman during one particular killing spree, something Frank considers unforgivable.


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* HumiliationConga: Detective Soaps entire life, to the point where it eventually stops being funny and just becomes depressing. Fortunatly, his life gets better once he decides to walk away from his job as a police officer. His new occupation? Porn star. Turns out he had unusually large genitals, but was unaware that they were bigger than average.
** When Punisher ran into Wolverine, he took full advantage of the fact that he couldnt permanently kill or maim him. Blew off his face, blew off his crotch and ran him over with a steamroller. When Wolverine appears the next time, he understandably holds a grudge. Then Frank blows him up with a rocket launcher and has the Hulk punch him halfway across the east coast.


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* KillThePoor: The Elite, a rich vigilante who starts out targeting any drug dealers who try to move into his neighborhood, but eventually branches out into anyone he considers "lower class", including a ''hot dog vendor''. His personal philosophy is basically Nazi Lite. His son is even worse.


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** Used for practical purposes when Punisher fought Electro during the 2011 series. Electro's powers makes it impossible to kill him with metal bullets, so Frank switched to rubber ones. It wont kill him obviously, but it hurt like hell.


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* NotSoDifferent: Many villains will cry and scream about how Punisher is just as bad as them. While Punisher acknowledges that this is probably true, he just doesnt ''care'' about true justice anymore, only vengeance.


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** The Holy, a catholic priest who is secretly a psycopath vigilante targeting gang members and murderers who confess their crimes in his church.


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* 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.


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** This problem is finally dealt with in Punisher War Zone where the Avengers capture Punisher and Iron Man puts him in a highly technological custom prison with no other inmates for him to kill and no loose parts for him to break and free himself with.
23rd Apr '16 11:17:42 AM Taskmaster123
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* ImmuneToMindControl: The Punisher NoSells every attempt to control his mind. He's so focused on his mission of killing criminals that ''nothing'' can distract him from it. Forget mind control, anyone who tries to extort or manipulate him will find out that he doesn't play along and they're going to wish they'd left well enough alone.

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* ImmuneToMindControl: The Punisher NoSells no sells every attempt to control his mind. He's so focused on his mission of killing criminals that ''nothing'' can distract him from it. Forget mind control, anyone who tries to extort or manipulate him will find out that he doesn't play along and they're going to wish they'd left well enough alone.
23rd Apr '16 11:16:39 AM Taskmaster123
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* ImmuneToMindControl: The Punisher NoSells every attempt to control his mind. He's so focused on his mission of killing criminals that ''nothing'' can distract him from it. Forget mind control, anyone who tries to extort or manipulate him will find out that he doesn't play along and they're going to wish they'd left well enough alone.
11th Apr '16 12:19:48 PM erforce
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* WhatADrag: Punisher does this once to a homophobic priest who had killed a young gay man, sparking a near-war between the sheriff (the victim's lover) and the military supplies dealer (the victim's mother).

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* WhatADrag: Punisher does did this once to a homophobic priest who had killed a young gay man, sparking a near-war between the sheriff (the victim's lover) and the military supplies dealer (the victim's mother).


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* WorfHadTheFlu: During a time when authorities were seriously breathing down on Punisher's neck, the SuperSoldier Comicbook/CaptainAmerica agrees to take him down. But since he is sick at the time (with a ClueFromEd urging to readers to find out why in Cap's own book), Punisher is able to elude capture.
4th Apr '16 11:20:03 PM Laevatein
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* DoomMagnet: Lampshaded in ''Marvel Year in Review 1993'':
--> ''You know, it's kind of a waste of time to create new characters for The Punisher's books. If they're Frank's enemies, they get shot dead after an appearance or two. If they're Frank's friends, they get shot dead after an appearance or two.''
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