Appearing in "Let the Punisher fit the Crime"
- 🢐 The Punisher (Frank Castle) 🢒
- 🢐 Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner) 🢒
- 🢐 Mary Jane Watson 🢒
- 🢐 J. Jonah Jameson 🢒
- 🢐 Flash Thompson 🢒
- 🢐 Harry Osborn 🢒
- Marla Madison 🢒 (First appearance)
Races and Species:
- New York City
Synopsis for "Let the Punisher fit the Crime"
The Punisher has both Spider-Man and Nightcrawler in his sights, believing one of them is responsible for framing him as the mysterious sniper that's been rampanging across the city. When the two heroes battle the Punisher, all learn that the killer is someone else entirely when they're attacked by the real sniper. Nightcrawler teleports away, and the Punisher and Spider-Man agree to work together to find out who the killer is.
The next day, Peter is at ESU with Harry when he sees Mary Jane out with Flash Thompson. She is purposely making time with Flash because Peter keeps on running out on their dates. J. Jonah Jameson also makes a trip to ESU. There, he meets with Dr. Marla Madison and offers her an opportunity to put her scientific know-how towards trying to destroy Spider-Man.
That night, Spider-Man meets up with the Punisher, and the two track the mysterious sniper to a block party in an affluent neighborhood. There, they learn that the shooter is a man named Jigsaw, who was horribly scarred by the Punisher in the past, and is framing him in order to get revenge. Spider-Man and the Punisher tangle with Jigsaw's men and get an assist from Nightcrawler, who had also tracked down Jigsaw's location.
Making short work of Jigsaw's men, the three heroes manage to stop Jigsaw and incapacitate him. With Jigsaw defeated, Nightcrawler and Punisher suddenly depart, and upon consideration, Spider-Man decides to put in a vanishing act himself, leaving Jigsaw to the authorities.
- The street party in this story is to raise funds to save Engine 35 for the third time. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
- Jigsaw states that the Punisher threw him through a plate glass window, causing the scars all over his face. This was first depicted in Punisher Year One #4.
Before joining the fight with the Punisher and Nightcrawler against Jigsaw and his men, Spider-Man proclaims, "This looks like a job for...SPIDER-MAN!" (and then remarks to himself that "that's not a bad line!") It is, of course, a variation of the iconic line of a character from Marvel's *ahem* Distinguished Competition.