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|Full name:||Frank Castle|
|First Appearance:||The Amazing Spider-Man #129|
|Created by:||John Romita, Sr., Ross Andru, Gerry Conway|
|Place of Birth:||Queens, New York|
|Base:||Mobile, Usually New York|
|Affiliations:||Thunderbolts, formerly U.S. Marine Corps., Marvel Knights, Heroes For Hire, Secret Avengers (Civil War), Legion of Monsters, Code Red, National Force|
|Powers/Abilities:||Master martial artist, Expert marksman, Expert pilot, Interrogation expert, Demolitions expert, Expert tactician|
|Unique Features:||A scar on his left eye inflicted by Vulture|
"Punisher War Journal entry #22173. Whatever it was that changed Spider-Man's worldview on dealing with criminals... I approve. Which is something that before now, he would never want. And if he goes too far over the edge? I'll be waiting."
Frank Castle (of Earth-616), better known as The Punisher, is a vigilante who employs murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture in his war on crime.
"When mobsters slew his family, Frank Castle vowed to spend the rest of his life avenging them. Trained as a Marine and equipped with state-of-the-art weapons, he now wages a one-man war against crime as the Punisher."
Becoming the Punisher
Civil War & Beyond
After healing completely, Frank started hunting the Hood but without results so he went after Micro. On his way, a woman in a black leather suit attacked him. She pretended she was his burnt wife but it was later revealed that it was Lady Gorgon who he had also burned whil working with Jigsaw. This all ended with a final confrontation between Jigsaw, Henry, and Frank. Lady Gorgon was killed by Master Yoshiokya, a leader of the Hand and Jigsaw fell in a fire. Frank told Henry that if he ever saw him again, he would kill him.
Powers & Abilities
While he was Franken-Castle, Castle had superhuman strength to an unknown degree. Castle once had a bloodstone fragment which had enhanced him in currently unknown ways, it had also given him some degree of a healing factor which has allowed him to recover from serious injuries including restoring him to his old self.
- Master Martial Artist: Castle is a very thoroughly seasoned combat veteran of exceptional skills. He is very well-versed in the arts of warfare and hand-to-hand combat. His styles of choice being Nash Ryu Jujutsu, (the four-style martial art founded by his Sensei Adam Nash and the Marine Corps LINE/MAPS combative systems) Ninjutsu, Shorin-Ryu Karate, Hwarang Do, and Chin Na. He is an exceptional knife fighter who carries up to 3 or 4 different types of edged weapons, preferring the knife he learned to fight with in the USMC: the Ka-bar.
- Expert Marksman: He is an exceptional marksman of every type of firearm who is sometimes depicted as being ambidextrous in this respect. He is skilled in sharpshooting and knife throwing as well.
- Expert Pilot: Castle received helicopter training with the U.S. Army and U.S. Naval Special Warfare.
- Interrogation Expert: Castle uses his interrogating skills to get information from people who has links to criminals thru very creative use of torture as well such as waterboarding, electrocution, suffocation, sleep deprivation, starvation etc.
- Demolitions Expert: He also received a U.S. Navy SEAL/UDT (Underwater Demolition Team), EOD (explosive ordnance disposal), US Army Ranger training, Army Special Forces Q-Course, and LRRP (Long Range Recon Patrol) training.
- Expert Tactician: Armed solely with conventional weapons and motivated by a fanatical hatred for criminals like those who murdered his family, the Punisher has single-handedly incapacitated up to a dozen well-armed and experienced opponents in a single encounter and escaped uninjured. It is his military training and his attention to detail that allows him to achieve this.
- Non-Superhuman Physical Conditioning: Castle is as susceptible to physical injury and disease as any other normal human, often having to rely more on strategy than strength when up against a superhuman opponent. However, different characters like Nick Fury have commented on how extraordinarily high his pain tolerance is. Frank does not take even over-the-counter painkillers, believing that their benefit of dulling pain isn't worth the side effects of drowsiness or slowed reflexes.
Castle once relied on a "synaptic glue" medication to keep his mind together due to brain damage caused by his fight with Daken and becoming Franken-castle.
Many different kinds of vehicles
- Punisher usually uses rubber "mercy bullets" (non-lethal ammunition) when guest-starring in other comics, most notably Daredevil, Spider-Man, and Captain America in the 70s and 80s.
- Punisher used to have a pet Rottweiler called "Max" which he saved from animal poachers.
- Number plates on The Punisher's black Pontiac has "Year One" on it; a reference to The Company that worked on making the 5 GTOs for the Punisher movie.
- According to Don Daley, then editor of The Punisher Vol. 2, #98, in his response to a fan mail, he stated that the Punisher's version of justice is classically based as "an eye for an eye".
- In the early 1990s, flagging sales drove Marvel to place the then-popular character The Punisher in several guest appearances in The 'Nam. After the series' conclusion, an epilogue of sorts was published in the form of a Punisher special, The Punisher in the 'Nam: Final Invasion.
- As of the mid-2000s, Castle's timeline remained untouched when Marvel adjusted the time frames of other characters. His history has never been altered or moved up; he has effectively aged in real time from the Vietnam War.
- In the miniseries Born, by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, Castle's roots are traced back to Vietnam, during his third tour of duty in Vietnam, where he undergoes a psychological and possibly supernatural transformation into the Punisher in order to survive a massive assault on his fortification by the combined forces of the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army.
- The Punisher once went after the Runaways when they were hired by the Kingpin to steal a hyperdrive device. This resulted in one of the more embarrassing moments in Castle's life, when he was dispatched by a single punch from 12-year-old Molly Hayes.
- Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has stated that the second part of his band's hit song "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" is about the Punisher. The lyrics themselves only reinforce this feeling:
- Wage the war on organized crime
- Sneak attacks, repel down the rocks
- Behind the lines
- Some people risk to employ me
- Some people live to destroy me
- Either way they die
- They die
- Megadeths first album Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good was also a reference to the Punisher, being that the title track of the album was based on early Punisher comics.