I don't want to use the main character picture for this, he's not the character I know anymore. Marvel/Disney just keeps letting hacks fuck up their characters in both the comics and live action. For awhile the real Punisher hadn't been seen since October 2008 (Punisher Vol.6 #60), but appeared in March 2009 (Punisher: War Zone Vol.2 #6), in 2017 (The Platoon) and in 2019 (Punisher: Soviet).
I've been collecting Punisher comics since the late 80s, so when it comes to my favorite storylines, it's mainly the Garth Ennis run from 2000-08. But there are a few other storylines and issues from the 70s, 80s and 90s.
1.Marvel Super Action Featuring: The Punisher #1.
2.Marvel Preview Presents: The Punisher #2.
3.Punisher Year One #1-4.
4.The Punisher issue #93.
5.Deadpool #54-55, Punisher appearance.
6.Punisher Annual Vol.2 issue #2: Punisher's Fighting Techniques.
7.What if the Punisher's Family Hadn't Been Killed? Vol.2 issue #10.
8.What if Venom had possessed the Punisher Vol.2 issue #44.
There's a few more throughout the 80s and 90s, but his stories were a mix bag of somewhat good, to bad, and just plain terrible on every level. It got to the point where they even ripped-off "The Death of Superman" storyline called "Suicide Run". They thought he was dead and a bunch of fake Punishers show up. He had 3 ongoing titles and in 1995, they all got cancelled because of hack writers who didn't even like the character in the first place. They tried again to come up with decent stories in 1997, 98 and 99 to him being made to think that Nick Fury killed his family, to joining a so-called "good Mafia" and then becoming an un-dead angel that can pull magic guns out of his coat... he got cancelled again.
But then Irish comic book writer Garth Ennis started writing for the Punisher in 2000 under the Marvel Knights banner (comics for teens), then it was under the MAX banner (comic books rated R, it was never meant to be a separate universe) in 2004 and he was doing better than ever in sales and reviews. He did the best Punisher comics to date. When he left with issue #60, I stopped collecting the title because I knew that under different writers, it was going to suck... and they did, 10 issues later at issue #75 under a different writer... it got cancelled.
The stories got pretty bad after that... FrankenCastle, a redhead female Punisher who dresses just like him, kissing Captian America's ass (he's not his hero) by saying "Sir, yes sir" even though he doesn't have that kind of authority over him, helping Hydra and stealing War Machine's armor... it's too bad that half the fanbase falls for this crap. But like the brainless action junkies they are, they're too easily amused and they've come to like some of the most horrible written shit imaginable. The fan base is so broken that they can't even decide on if a new Punisher film should be rated R or not, if he should just be replaced by someone else, and his established history, personality and attitude seems to have been completely lost to them. Like with so many other characters in Marvel, they can just instantly makeup anything with nothing backing it up.
SJW Marvel Caps Off The End Of The Worst PUNISHER Run With The Worst PUNISHER Issue Ever
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Although I didn't care for the "Circle of Blood" storyline, it should be noted that Steven Grant stated it perfectly to what type of vigilante the Punisher is.
"Heidegger, who took Kierkegaard's philosophy further, comes even closer to describing the Punisher: 'Since we can never hope to understand why we're here, if there's even anything to understand, the individual should choose a goal and pursue it wholeheartedly, despite the certainty of death and the meaninglessness of action.' That's sure the Punisher as I conceived him: a man who knows he's going to die and who knows in the big picture his actions will count for nothing, but who pursues his course because this is what he has chosen to do."