Real Name: Frank Castiglione
First Appearance: The Amazing Spiderman #129 (February, 1974)
Abilities: Frank Castle is trained in hand-to-hand combat, explosives, and a vast array of weapons. He also possesses an eye that only a marksman will possess.
Powers: Possessing no real powers, The Punisher uses a number of weapons to serve his own brand of Justice.
Affiliation: U.S Marine Corps, Code Red, Secret Avengers
Enemies: The Kingpin, Jigsaw
Love Interests: Black Widow, Elektra
Did You Know: We have had four different actors who have portrayed the Punisher on screen.
- Dolph Lundgren
- Thomas Jane
- Ray Stevenson
- Jon Bernthal
A Little History
Frank Castiglione and his family were in Central Park enjoying a quiet walk on a peaceful day. Unfortunately, while on their walk, the family witnessed a Mafia execution. Seeking to eliminate all witnesses to the execution, the Mafia set their sights on eliminating the Castiglione family. They did just that. They murdered all but one of the Castiglione clan on the spot. The remaining member of the family was Frank, and as the criminals would learn, this was a big mistake.
Frank, from his military experience, was a decorated soldier. During his time he took his orders and understood the ranking system of the military. He believed in it and it believed in him. Outside of the military, he believed in the justice system…or at least he did.
Because of the influence the Mafia and Mob had over the justice system, his pleas and cries for justice went on deaf ears. In fact, the murder of his family was simply brushed under the proverbial carpet rather than being tried properly.
This pushed Frank over the edge and he decided to wage a personal war against crime as the vigilante known as the Punisher. As the Punisher, Frank killed all those who in his mind deserved worse than jail.