The Punisher, otherwise known as Frank Castle (shortened from Frank Castiglione) is an expert in both armed and unarmed combat, tactics, and demolition. The Punisher is also known to always be in peak physical condition, and has an exceptionally high tolerance of pain.
The Punisher was originally trained by the US Marine Corps, where he obtained most of his expert knowledge through multi-disciplinary training, and work with other armed forces from around the world. The Punisher makes use of a Kevlar uniform to protect him from bullets, while his head makes a vulnerable target, as it is uncovered. Repeated impacts on the Kevlar are able to cause damage.
The Punisher has, on occasion, teamed up with Spider-Man and Captain America, but largely works alone. The Punisher preferred targets are known criminal organisations, including both the Russian and Italian Mafia, the Yakuza in Japan, a selection of drug cartels and more. The Punisher is also known to assault individual criminals; muggers, rapists and murderers. Many of his enemies end up dead.
In contrast to the majority of characters, The Punisher does not possess any specific powers; only what he has learned in his training. The Punisher does make use of technology developed by several villains; most notably the Green Goblin’s bombs, the Goblin Glider, and a tentacle from Doctor Octopus.
The Punisher has encountered several other Marvel villains, such as Doctor Doom and the Jackal, but his arch-nemesis is Kingpin. He also has repeated encounters with Daredevil, who detests the brutal way in which The Punisher fights crime.
The Punisher was developed by Gerry Conway, who also wrote “The Amazing Spider-Man”. His first appearance was in the Spider-Man comic book series, attempting to kill Spider-Man, who was, at the time, wanted for murder. He then began to appear on a regular basis in the series, and later featured in “Daredevil”. The Punisher is one of Marvel’s most popular characters.
The character was created by writer Gerry Conway and artists John Romita Sr. and Ross Andru. The Punisher made his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 (cover-dated February 1974).
POWER and ABILITIES
The Punisher is the recipient of intense infantry training from the United States Marine Corps and special operations training by Force Recon. While a Marine, he also went through Airborne School, UDT/BUDs, and the Q-Course; as well as cross-training with the Australian Special Air Service Regiment during the Vietnam War. In addition, since beginning his work as the Punisher, Castle has used his military discipline and training techniques to update and expand his skills in areas that aid in his mission (disguise, acting, use of non-military weapons, etc.). From this training, the Punisher is proficient in not only basic infantry skills, but in special operations, which includes the use and maintenance of specialized firearms and explosive ordnance. He is highly trained in infiltration into heavily guarded enemy territories and structures for the purpose of assassination, capture, and military intelligence. Also, he is trained in various forms of camouflage and stealth.
While on leave, Frank took his wife and two small children to Central Park in New York City. Coincidentally, the family happened upon the scene of a mob killing on the Sheep’s Meadow green in the park. Fearing witnesses, the mobsters murdered Castle’s family in cold blood and escaped.
ENEMIES & ROGUES
The Russian, Bushwacker, Finn Cooley, Daken, Bullseye, Kingpin, Barracuda
United States Marine Corps, Force Reconnaissance, Code Red, Heroes for Hire, Secret Defenders, Thunderbolts, Savage Avengers