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|Real name:||Frank Castle|
|First Appearance:||The Amazing Spider-Man #129 (February 1974)|
|Created by:|| John Romita, Sr.|
|Place of Birth:||Queens, New York|
|Affiliations:||Thunderbolts, formerly U.S. Marine Corps., Marvel Knights, Heroes For Hire, Secret Avengers (Civil War), Legion of Monsters, Code Red|
|Abilities:|| Master martial artist|
The character made his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 (February 1974).
His ways of dealing with criminals is brutal. He equips himself with an arsenal of heavy duty guns and grenades, and is clothed with a black costume with a white skull on the upper torso. Though he once had a partner, the Punisher claims he works alone. The Punisher may be seen as an anti-hero, given his wishy-washy stand on Spider-Man's innocence and his unmerciful attitude toward crime.
Meeting Spider-ManEditJ. Jonah Jameson described him as "the most newsworthy thing to happen to New York since Boss Tweed."
In this appearance, the Punisher was determined to kill Spider-Man, who was wanted for the apparent murder of Norman Osborn. This version of the Punisher was shown as an athletic fighter, a master marksman, and an able strategist. All he would reveal about himself was that he was a former U.S. Marine. He had a fierce temper but also showed signs of considerable frustration over his self-appointed role of killer vigilante.
In particular, he was engaged in extensive soul-searching as to what was the right thing to do: although he had few qualms about killing he was outraged when his then-associate, the Jackal, apparently killed Spider-Man by treacherous means rather than in honorable combat. Spider-Man, who was himself no stranger to such torment, concluded that the Punisher's problems made his own seem like a "birthday party."