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Quote1.png I didn't care about the politician haranguing the crowd below -- I'd had enough of his kind when I was younger and believed that sort of drivel -- but I knew what another assassination would do to this country -- and that was something I cared about. Quote2.png
Punisher (Frank Castle)

Appearing in "Death Sentence"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Preview #2

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  • Humans (Main story and flashback)

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Synopsis for "Death Sentence"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Preview #2

In downtown Manhattan, the Punisher prevents a political assassination by shooting the assassin hiding on a neighboring rooftop. Interrogating the injured man, Punisher realizes he is an old Army buddy named Mike Hauley. Hauley alludes to other military companions who have become assassins as well, but before the Punisher can learn more, a passing helicopter drops a bomb on the rooftop, killing Hauley and narrowly missing the Punisher. Punisher resolves to visit Hauley’s family outside Chicago. Meanwhile, the detective assigned to the case, Dave Hamilton, recounts two previous assassinations recently carried out by ex-military men who were both killed soon after.

The Punisher visits a contact in Chicago but is fired upon by a sniper as he leaves, killing his contact in the crossfire. When the Punisher catches up to him the sniper tries to use a weapon hidden in his watch but it electrocutes himself instead. Meanwhile Hamilton and his partner dig into the Punisher’s past, learning that he was a highly-decorated Marine who was visiting his family on leave, only to witness them all gunned down by the mafia when they accidentally stumbled upon a mafia execution. Driven mad, he began a one-man war on the mafia, adopting the name bestowed upon him by the newspapers—the Punisher.

With no leads, Punisher visits Hauley’s widow and children outside Chicago. Hauley’s widow blames the Punisher for her husband’s death, but when her house is blown up, the Punisher saves both her and her children, and she tells him that her husband had been working for a man named Mark Christanson. Infiltrating Christanson’s mansion by disguising himself as one of his personal hired guard, Punisher learns that Christanson has developed a high-tech laser cannon and intends to overthrow the US Government with his private army. When he is discovered, Punisher fights his way through Christanson’s men and uses a bomb to blow up an underground generator, destroying Christanson’s personal force field the entire mansion as well.

Scanning the news reports later, Punisher watches Detective Hamilton vow to bring him to justice.

Appearing in "Accounts Settled... Accounts Due!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Super Action #1

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Antagonists:

  • Syndicate (Main story and flashback)
    • Audrey (Only appearance; dies)[1] (Main story and behind the scenes in flashback)
    • Leon Kolsky (Real name first revealed) (Death) (Only in flashback)
    • Matt Skinner (Real name first revealed) (Death) (Only in flashback)
    • Byron Hannigan (Real name first revealed) (Death) (Only in flashback)
    • Bruno Costa (Death) (Only in flashback)
    • Luis Allegre (Real name first revealed) (Death) (Only in flashback)
    • Frank Costa (Only appearance; dies)[1] (Only in flashback)

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Races and Species:

  • Humans (Main story and flashback)
  • Sharks (Only in flashback)

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Synopsis for "Accounts Settled... Accounts Due!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Super Action #1
  • Synopsis not yet written

Appearing in "Kites"

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Other Characters:

  • Spider Roque (Only in flashback)
  • Kingpin (On-screen)
  • Jigsaw (On-screen)
  • Sijo Tanaka (On-screen)
  • Iris Green (Only in flashback)
  • Eternal Sun (Only in flashback)
  • Microchip Jr. (Only in flashback)

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Synopsis for "Kites"

Punisher gets into a kite battle in the park.

Notes

  • Potts credited as reprint editor and designer, McLaurin credited as assistant editor.
  • Wraparound cover by Stroman and Cirocco.
  • Page 1: Punisher frontispiece by Bret Blevins.
  • Page 2: Contents page.

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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