The Punisher

AKA; Frank Rook, Charles Fort, Francis Stronghold, Johnny Tower, Ted Bishop, Frankie Villa, Cliff Callador, Big Nothing, Fred D’Amato, Mr. Chaloner, Frank Hut, Mr./Herr Schloss, Mr. Villa, Mr. Smith, James Maxwell, Kanapua’a, Captain America, Frank Tower, Scourge of the Underworld, sadprincess14 (used to catfish a pedophile), John Conway

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 realized 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 as 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.


Have

First Appearance

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 acts he realized that Jackal had tricked him and went to his hideout only to find he had escaped. He was then seen in this costume 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 must for collectors of those. Punisher fans 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

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 has since been the basic for all Punisher suits.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • Toybiz did a number versions 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 version so it will be easier to find.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No, this suit has been done to death.

Jim Lee’s

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

Recommend Figure:  Hasbro Marvel Legends Nemesis/Holocaust Wave Punisher

  • Background:
    • One of the things that some writer realized is that Punisher is not a superhero so he doesn’t really need a costume. Thus during the early 2000s, 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 you’re a huge 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

Recommend Figure:  Hasbro Marvel Legends Epic Heroes Wave Punisher

  • Background:
    • After Punisher was almost ruined during the Purgatory arc, he was later revitalized 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 trench-coat figure.

Thunderbolts

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 kill him and attacked the team, before leaving to 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?

Camoflague

Recommend Figure:  Hasbro Fan Channel Exclusive Marvel Legends 80th Anniversary Punisher

  • Background:
    • While Frank usually stays with the black and white colors, there have been a number of times when he wore camo during his take downs of drug lords., He has even been known to paint his face with a skull image.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • If you want something that is different from the classic designs of the previous hasbro version and is a more modern version and less costumy then this could make a great figure. If not then skip.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.

Needs

Below you will find a gallery of suits that still need to be made. I have included what I think are the possibilities of them being made. Note that these are my personal opinions and not fact. Please let me know if I have missed anything.

Created by:

Gerry Conway | Ross Andru | John Romita Sr.

Alternate Versions

Other Punishers – Cosmic Ghost Rider

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