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Published January 17, 2019

8 Best Punisher Comics

Check out Frank Castle's complicated history in these must-reads.

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One of the most polarizing characters in the Marvel Universe, the Punisher takes more permanent measures than any other hero in the pursuit of justice! Check out Frank Castle's complicated character in these must-read comics.

Amazing Spider-Man #129

Under orders from the Jackal, the Punisher made his debut attempting to kill Spider-Man. Castle had no problem pursuing the wall-crawler, mistaking him for a common criminal. Punisher might not have completed his mission, but his iconic outfit and thirst for justice made a lasting impact on comic book fans that continues to this day.

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #129

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #129

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Daredevil #183 & #184

When a young girl jumps from a window while under the influence of drugs, Daredevil and the Punisher seek out the drug dealer responsible. This story marks the first confrontation of many between the Man Without Fear and Frank Castle, who support each other's cause while disagreeing with their methods.

Daredevil (1964) #183

Daredevil (1964) #183

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Punisher (1986) #1-5

The Punisher's first solo series saw the vigilante locked up in prison to pay for his crimes, with criminals he sent there locked in with him! This five issue series kick started Castle's never-ending feud with organized crime in the Marvel universe.

The Punisher (1986) #1

The Punisher (1986) #1

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Punisher (1986) #1-5

The Punisher's first solo series saw the vigilante locked up in prison to pay for his crimes, with criminals he sent there locked in with him! This five issue series kick started Castle's never-ending feud with organized crime in the Marvel universe.

Punisher War Journal (1988) #1

Punisher War Journal (1988) #1

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The Punisher: War Zone #1-6

The two comic powerhouses of writer Chuck Dixon and artist John Romita Jr. brought chaotic carnage to the page like never before seen in a Punisher comic book! Setting his sights on the Carbone family, nothing will stop Frank Castle from ending their criminal ways once and for all.

The Punisher War Zone (1992) #1

The Punisher War Zone (1992) #1

    • publishedMar 1, 1992
    • added to marvel unlimitedNov 13, 2007
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Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe

From X-Men and Avengers to Dr. Doom and Dr. Octopus, no one could escape Castle's wrath in this one-shot! Written by Garth Ennis, this book tweaked Castle's history to make his family collateral damage in a super hero clash, leaving the Punisher no choice but to eradicate every hero and villain in his path.

Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe (1995) #1

Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe (1995) #1

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Punisher (2000) #1-12

Writer Garth Ennis returned to the world of Frank Castle and gave Marvel's resident loner some companions. Reluctantly befriending his nieghbors and the affable Detective Soap, Frank learned that he could actually rely on people to help him and that having someone in the police department could help him evade cops who aimed to bring him in.

Punisher (2000) #1

Punisher (2000) #1

    • publishedApr 1, 2000
    • added to marvel unlimitedOct 24, 2007
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The Punisher (2011) #1-5

In a world dominated by super powered heroes and villains, this series from writer Greg Rucka and artist Marco Checchetto focused on the real-world ramifications Frank Castle's actions had on the world. Although Castle had run-ins with the familiar Daredevil and Spider-Man, this arc featured a fallen Marine's wife looking to team up with Frank in pursuit of justice.

The Punisher (2011) #1

The Punisher (2011) #1

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