The Punisher (Frank Castle, Marvel Prime)

During the 70’s and 80’s, comic books were moving towards a darker more violent tone. No character in Marvel’s history embraced this change more then the Punisher. Created by Gerry Conway, John Romita Sr. and Ross Andru, Frank Castle first appeared in Amazing Spider-man #129 (1974), where Spidey was framed for murder and Frank was tricked by the Jackal into hunting down Spidey. The former Vietnam veteran (or what ever war is closest to the current timeline), Frank realised that he was tricked and stopped hunting Spidey.

It wasn’t really until his now iconic fight with Daredevil that Frank became known as the vigilante he is known today. After that it was revealed that the reason he kills criminals is because his family was murder in front of him because they happened upon a gangland killing. Punisher is a character that makes readers question the morality of whether it’s alright to just send people to prison or put them down before they hurt anyone else. He has fought and teamed up with many heroes like Spidey, DD, Cap and Wolverine as well as being a member of the Marvel Knights and the Thunderbolts.

As one of Marvel biggest cult following, Punisher has gotten quite a few figure over the years, mostly redoing his classic version done in different artist forms, with a few exceptions.


Made:

First Appearance

01

Recommend Figure:  Toybiz Marvel Legends Face-Off Series 2 First Appearance Punisher (2-pack with Jigsaw)

  • Background:
    • Punisher as he first appear after being tricked by the Jackal into hunting Spider-man, who was framed into being believed to have killed Normal Osborn. After he saw Spidey’s heroic act he realised that Jackal had tricked him and went to his hideout only to find he had escaped. It was then seen in another team-up with Spidey and Nightcrawler, which also saw the first appearance of Jigsaw.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • As people know, I love first appearances so this figure is a most for collectors of those. Punisher fan will need this as well but for everyone else, this can be skipped.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No, only if they do a Punisher wave for his Netflix series and they need another comic costume.

Classic

 

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Recommend Figure:  Marvel Legends Vintage Wave 1 Punisher

  • Background:
    • Like many people, it wasn’t long until Frank got a new costume. rather then a complete change, this costumes is basically a updated version of his FA version. It was seen when he had the famous battle with Daredevil and as since been the basic for all Punisher suits.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • Toybiz did a number version of this with various paints and a Jacket. However, Hasbro has done one (a repaint for of the Walgreen one). This one is a more recent one so with will be easier to find.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No, this suit has been done to death.

Jim Lee’s

03

Recommend Figure:  Hasbro Walgreens Exclusive Marvel Legends Punisher

  • Background:
    • This is from Jim Lee’s run of the Punishers solo story.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • This is the figure I highly recommend people try and get as this is one of the best Punisher figures to date. It still should be cheap online at the moment.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No, just got released.

Tim Bradstreet’s

04

Recommend Figure:  Hasbro Marvel Legends Nemesis/Holocaust Wave Punisher

  • Background:
    • One of the things that some writer realise is that Punisher is not a superhero so he doesn’t really need a costume. Thus during the early 2000, they started drawing him in more street clothing rather then a costume. The skull remains because it is believed that it draws the attention of the criminal as a target, with Frank wearing a bulletproof vest under it.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • The figure itself was made during the Dark days of ML, was a exclusive and was held back for many years that people skipped it. It is also a bad figure with only the BAF piece only making it worth it. Only get if your a Punisher fan.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No, while the figure is bad, it just not worth wasting a slot for it.

Welcome Back Frank

05

Recommend Figure:  Hasbro Marvel Legends Epic Heroes Wave Punisher

  • Background:
    • After Punisher was almost ruined during the Purgatory arc, he was later revitalised in Welcome Back Frank, where Frank returned to what he does best and hunted down criminal starting with the Gnucci familia, which the first movie was mostly based on.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • The third figure I recommend only because it’s one of the most recent figure. The figure itself is pretty bad using a old out of date build. It was a wasted slot that should have been the Blade figure that was supposed to be the variant.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • Yes if Hasbro can do a proper trenchcoat figure.

Thunderbolts

06

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Epic Heroes Wave Punisher (Variant)

  • Background:
    • After the Dark Reign, Punisher was invited to join the Thunderbolts by Red Hulk, where they hunted down criminals. However he was tricked into believing that Red Hulk wanted to killed him and attacked the team, before leaving into go solo again.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • I say only try and find this rare expensive figure if you want to complete the Thunderbolts exact costume. Otherwise it can be skipped.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • Yes, Maybe in a Thunderbolts box set with new Red Hulk and Elektra?

Need

Below is a gallery of costumes that still need to be made. Click on the image to see chances of it being made. Please note that this is my personal opinion and not fact.


Alternate Realities

The Punisher (Frank Castle, Marvel Cinematic Universe)

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