THE PUNISHER (Frank Castle)

The Punisher is a badass. He is a fictional character, an antihero who appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Gerry Conway and artists John Romita, Sr., and Ross Andru, the character made its first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 (February 1974).

Shortly after a tour in Vietnam, Castle, his wife, Maria and their children were in New York’s Central Park for an afternoon picnic when they witnessed a Mafia gangland execution; an informant had been hanged from a tree. Seeking to eliminate all witnesses, the Costa crime family murdered them on the spot. However, Castle survived. Even though Frank was able to identify all of the shooters the police were unable to help Castle in his quest for justice; they were tied in too deeply to the powerful Costa family. He decided that the only punishment criminals might receive is that of physical destruction. Shortly thereafter, he emblazoned his body armor with a symbol of a death’s head, and exacted his revenge. Since then he has waged a one-man war upon crime, taking the name Punisher.

In an alternate Marvel universe, Castle is the sole member of the Marvel Universe unaffected by a pathogen that transforms its entire metahuman population (as well as baseline humans) into homicidal cannibals (although this is not the Marvel Zombies timeline). Spider-Man, The Blob, Daredevil, The Thing, The Hulk, Iron Man, Magneto, Hawkeye, Cyclops, Kingpin, Scorpion, Namor, Ant-Man, Doctor Octopus, Moon Knight, Emma Frost, Luke Cage, Rogue, Gambit, Iron Fist and others are hunted and killed in a New York City that has been depopulated. At the end, a pregnant Mary Jane Parker looks on aghast as Castle kills Spider-Man.

And, within the pages of Marvel Zombies, Frank takes advantage of the fact that the heroes and law enforcement officers are busy with zombies and he hunts down the super-villain leadership of New York City, the Kingpin, Owl, and Hammerhead. Along the way he allies himself with Ash Williams, who he intends to help battle the zombie threat. When Ash sees him kill the still human criminal trio he becomes disgusted and abandons the Punisher minutes later. This leaves Frank to be attacked by a squad of zombie villains. Frank returns as a zombie and turns Ash’s ally, the Scarlet Witch.

I’ve always liked the Punisher. When he was a Spider Man villian, I still thought he was pretty awesome. Then when I started reading the Punisher comic book back in 1985, I was hooked. Therefore, the idea of adding the Punisher to games of HEROSCAPE was a no brainer.

And then with my recent games of Secrets of the Third Reich and Incursion, I decided that adding the Punisher as a Sentinel of Liberty would be an excellent choice. Besides, since I added in Wilson Fisk as a Mob Boss working for the Russian Forces, why not bring in Frank to shoot the fat man up a little?

I took the Heroclix Punisher model and mounted it on a Armskeeper 30mm base which I bought from FRP Games. I have no yet added any scenic details or flocking yet, although I am considering making it look like he’s leaping behind some metal drums. I haven’t decided just yet. The Heroclix figure cost me a total of $0.49 due to finding it in a bargin bin at Dimension Comics at Pittsburgh Mills. Sweet deal.

Bang! Bang! I got you! No you didn’t!

I figure that the Incursion game stats for the Punisher would be easily based on the M13 character named The Hurricane. And as far as playing him in a game of Secrets of the Third Reich, he would be a Sentinel of Liberty wearing Light Infantry Armor. He’d equip with Light Infantry armor, two pistols, and a pack of grenades. I’d toss him in at about 6 RP due to giving him the aded ablities of Thick Skull, and Combat Monster.

I believe that adding The Punisher into my games will be a blast. (Forgive the pun.) Thanks for reading my silly little blog post today, and I hope that you enjoyed youself. If you have any thoughts on Frank Castle or any of the games that I mentioned above, please let me know.

Until then, Keep Rollin’ Sixes!


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