The Punisher is a fictional antihero character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was created by writer Gerry Conway and artist John Romita Sr. and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 in 1974.


The Punisher, also known as Frank Castle, is a vigilante and a skilled combatant who aims to clean up crime by any means necessary. Driven by the tragic murder of his wife and children, he wages a one-man war against criminals, employing ruthless tactics and dispensing his own brand of lethal justice.


The Punisher is known for his iconic white skull symbol on a black background, adorning his chest. He is highly skilled in various forms of combat and is an expert marksman with a wide array of weapons. The character is often depicted as being morally complex, blurring the lines between hero and villain.


The Punisher has appeared in numerous comic book series, as well as various animated and live-action adaptations. He has crossed paths with several Marvel characters, including Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Captain America, often resulting in intense and violent confrontations.