Super Action the Punisher

série: Marvel Comics
dessinateur / scénariste: Collectif
éditeur: Marvel USA
genre: Policier
classement: carton131
date: 1976
format: broché
état: TBE
valeur: 30 €
critère: *
remarques: the Punisher appeared first in issue no 129 of Amazing Spider-Man,
it appeared also in the serie Marvel Preview
and Marvel made the experiment to bring the Punisher
as a character sustaining a magazine on his own,
however it seems that Marvel Super Action featuring
the Punisher vol.1/ No. 1 January 1976 was the only one-shot issue,
there were afterwards a serie of Super Action vol. 2 with 37 issues
but it was no longer linked with the Punisher and
featuring Super Action the Avengers (1980)
black and white, 76 pages, 1 $

therefore the Punisher vol. 1/ No. 1 is a one-shot rare issue
which is reflected in the price it is dealt with

1/ The Punisher, America's greatest crime destroyer,
"accounts settled.. accounts due..."
a gundown against a syndicate (mafia) fortress
by Archie Goodwin and Tony Dezuniga

2/ the huntress, red-eyed Jack is wild
by Mike Friedrich and George Evans+Frank Springer

3/ Tyndall of Klarn, an ugly mirror on weirdworld
a mix of humour and heroic-fantasy
story by Doug Moench and art by Mike Ploog

4/ Dominic Fortune, the messiah in the saddle resolution,
a king of dr Justice in the name of God (1936)
story and art by Howard Chaykin

- cover of volume 1/no 1 January 1976
- cover of Amazing Spider-Man no 129 February 1974

The Punisher (Francis "Frank" Castle, born Castiglione)
is a fictional character appearing in American comic books
published by Marvel Comics,
the character was created by writer Gerry Conway
and artists John Romita Sr. and Ross Andru,
with publisher Stan Lee green-lighting the name,
the Punisher made his first appearance
in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 (cover-dated Feb. 1974)

the character is a vigilante who employs murder, kidnapping, extortion,
coercion, threats of violence, and torture in his campaign against crime,
driven by the deaths of his wife and two children who were killed by the mob
for witnessing a killing in New York City's Central Park,
the Punisher wages a one-man war on the mob and all criminals
and employs the use of various firearms
his family's killers were the first to be slain by the Punisher
a war veteran and a United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper,
Castle is skilled in hand-to-hand combat, guerrilla warfare, and marksmanship

the Punisher's brutal nature and willingness to kill
made him a novel character in mainstream American comic books when he debuted in 1974,
by the late 1980s, the Punisher was part of a wave of psychologically-troubled antiheroes,
at the height of his popularity, the character was featured in four monthly publications,
including the Punisher, the Punisher war journal,
the Punisher war zone, and the Punisher armory,
despite his violent actions and dark nature,
the Punisher has enjoyed some mainstream success on television,
making guest appearances on Spider-Man:
the Animated Series, and the Super Hero Squad Show,
where the depiction of his violent behavior was toned down for family viewers,
in feature films, Dolph Lundgren portrayed the Punisher in 1989,
as did Thomas Jane in 2004, and Ray Stevenson in 2008,
Jon Bernthal portrays the character in the second season of Marvel's Daredevil
as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,
Bernthal reprised the role in The Punisher, his own self-titled series

the Punisher was conceived of by Gerry Conway, writer of the Amazing Spider-Man,
who helped design the character's distinctive costume,
as Conway recalled in 2002, that, "in the 70s, when I was writing comics at DC and Marvel,
I made it a practice to sketch my own ideas
for the costumes of new characters—heroes and villains
which I offered to the artists as a crude suggestion representing the image I had in mind,
I had done that with the Punisher at Marvel"
Conway had drawn a character with a small death's head skull on one breast
Marvel art director John Romita, Sr., took the basic design,
blew the skull up to huge size, taking up most of the character's chest
Amazing Spider-Man penciller Ross Andru was the first artist
to draw the character for publication

appearing for the first time in the Amazing Spider-Man #129 (Feb. 1974),
the Punisher was initially an antagonist of the titular hero,
he is portrayed as a bloodthirsty vigilante who has no qualms about killing gangsters,
something that most superheroes of the time refrain from doing,
J. Jonah Jameson describes him as "the most newsworthy thing
to happen to New York since Boss Tweed",
in this appearance, the Punisher is determined to kill Spider-Man,
who is wanted for the apparent murder of Norman Osborn,
the Punisher is shown as a formidable fighter, skilled marksman and able strategist,
all he reveals about himself is that he is a former U.S. Marine,
he has a fierce temper but also shows signs of considerable frustration
over his self-appointed role of killer vigilante,
he is engaged in extensive soul-searching as to what is the right thing to do:
although he has few qualms about killing,
he is outraged when his then-associate, the Jackal,
apparently kills Spider-Man by treacherous means rather than in honorable combat,
Spider-Man, who is himself no stranger to such torment,
concludes that the Punisher's problems made his own seem like a "birthday party"
the Punisher is the recipient of multi-disciplinary military training
from the United States Marine Corps, United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance,
while a Marine, he also received training from the Airborne School and U.S. Navy Seals
as well as cross-training with the Australian Special Air Service Regiment during the Vietnam War,
in addition, since beginning his work as the Punisher,
Castle has used his military discipline and training techniques
to update and expand his skills in areas that aid in his mission
(disguise, acting, use of non-military weapons, etc.),
from this training, Punisher is proficient in not only basic infantry skills,
but in special operations, which includes the use and maintenance
of specialized firearms and explosive ordnance,
he is highly trained in infiltration into heavily guarded enemy territories and structures
for the purpose of assassination, capture, and military intelligence,
also, he is trained in various forms of camouflage and stealth,
he is also highly adept at hand-to-hand combat,
and has been trained in multiple forms of martial arts
such as Nash Ryu Jujutsu, Ninjutsu, Shorin-ryu Karate, Hwa Rang Do, and Chin Na

both Nick Fury and Tony Stark have commented on
how extraordinarily high his pain tolerance is
he does not take painkillers, as he feels that their benefit of dulling pain
is not worth the side effects of drowsiness and slowed reflexes,

he maintains multiple safehouses and vehicles around the greater New York City area
as well as multiple forged identities and bank accounts
(most of the funds and equipment aiding him in his work being taken from the criminals he hunts),
the Punisher has a Kevlar uniform which protects him from most gunfire,
though he can still suffer concussive injury or penetration from sufficient or repeated impacts
the white skull emblem on his chest is used both to intimidate his enemies
and to lure their fire to the more heavily protected area of his armor,
the design was supposedly taken from either a Vietcong sniper or the demon Olivier
the Punisher has been using technology derived from super-villains and other costumed characters,
such as the Green Goblin's pumpkin bombs, a modified Goblin Glider,
and a doctor Octopus tentacle that he can shrink down for easy storage via Pym particles

aside from his physical prowess,
the Punisher also has complete control of his mind and consciousness,
providing a strong resistance against psychic and telepathic powers that are used against him,
when Letha and Lascivious try to control Punisher's mind,
Punisher scoffs at their attempt, saying "it doesn't feel different from any other day"

Copyright 2008 - 2024 G. Rudolf