|Creator:||Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, and John Romita, Sr.|
|Date(s):||Feb. 1974 - present|
|Medium:||comic books, live-action films, animation, video games|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
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The Punisher made his first appearance as an adversary of Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 (Feb. 1974). The character's first solo story was published in Marvel Preview #2 (1975). He received his first miniseries in 1986 and first ongoing series, The Punisher, in 1987.
The Punisher's brutal nature and willingness to kill made him a novel character in mainstream American comic books in 1974. By the late 1980s, he was part of a wave of psychologically troubled antiheroes.
The first live-action adaption of the Punisher was a 1989 direct-to-video film starring Dolph Lundgren. A commercially successful Punisher film was released in 2004, starring Thomas Jane. There were plans for a sequel to the 2004 film, but it became instead a 2009 reboot, Punisher: War Zone, starring Ray Stevenson.
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