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Punisher (Frank Castle)

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Real Name
Frank Castle (born Castiglione)

Big Nothing, Major Bateman, Ted Bishop, Cliff Callador, Castigo, Chaloner, Fred D'Amato, Eastman, Charles Fort, Frank Loomis, McRook, Melchior, Joe Rainey, Frank Rook, Richard Rook, Tony Knowlen Ross, Francis Stronghold, Johnny Tower, Dmitri Velikoff, Frankie Villa, Yousoufian; numerous others

Publicly known

U.S.A. with a criminal record, listed in Marine records as a deserter

Place of Birth
Queens, New York

First Appearance
Amazing Spider-Man #129 (1974)

Marvel Preview #2 (1975); Marvel Super Action #1 (1976); Punisher: Year One #1-4 (1994-1995); Nam #52 (1991)

Born in New York to parents of Italian ancestory, Francis Castiglione is a former U.S. Marine Captain. Before Frank joined the Marines, he was studying to become a Catholic priest but changed his mind because he was unable to forgive those who did evil. Also prior to his enlistment, he married his wife Maria who was already pregnant with their first child. During his time in the United States Marine Corps (USMC), Castle graduated from Basic Training, then went on to Infantry School. Immediately following that, he went through the USMC's Reconnaissance, Force Reconnaissance, and Sniper Schools. Attaining dockets, Castle was permitted to go through U.S. Army Airborne School, and U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team training, becoming qualified as a Navy SeAL (Sea, Air and Land). He served in the Vietnam War in a special forces unit as a point man. For heroism in the line of duty, he was decorated with numerous medals, inlcuding the Purple Heart.

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.

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In his vigilante endeavors, Castle has crossed paths with several costumed crimefighters, most notably Spider-Man and Daredevil. These encounters have often resulted in his incarceration. While he is known to be significantly inferior to Daredevil in hand-to-hand combat skills, Punisher has been rated as one of the most dangerous criminals alive. When he was incarcerated in New York's Riker's Island Prison, though heavily outnumbered in gang-fights, Punisher has routinely killed armed, homicidal criminals with frightening ease, sustaining no injury. Due to his proficiency in fighting, he is rarely so accosted in prison environments. Adhering to his military philosophies, Punisher is constantly training whenever he is not out on actual maneuvers. He exercises fanatically to maintain his impressive physical conditioning and sticks to a balanced diet whenever possible.

More recently old Frank resurfaced in the thick of the Civil War that divided the various heroes of earth. The Punisher sided with Captain America, but was denied membership to the resistance because of his no-holds barred killing techniques for the villians he fought. During his early return the Punisher killed Stilt-Man, fought the Rhino, and when Captain America was killed he donned a Captain America-esque costume obviously inspired by the hero and took on the the white-supremacist Hate Monger down by the Mexican/U.S. border. He fought some of the incredible Hulk's warbound in World War Hulk, and in Secret Invasion he gunned down skrulls an amalgamation of what seemed to be three kingpin's of crime put together: Silvermane; Hammerhead and Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin himself. During yet another encounter with his archnemesis Jigsaw, Jigsaw went after the Punisher with a young officer he brainwashed to be a sort of "new version" of the Punisher. Once again Frank spared Jigsaw's life, and Jigsaw was tken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. After finding out the uniform of Stilt-Man had fallen into the hands of some low class thugs, the Punisher resolved to take them out, but was talked out of the christmas killing by none other than the Rhino himself.

In the wake of Dark Reign Frank found himself trying to take out Norman Osborn, leader of most of the new free world. He was stopped by the Sentry and almost killed for it, but the Punisher escaped. Norman ordered the Hood to take out the Punisher at any cost. The Punisher also gained a new ally, the son of the original Microchip. Frank is then newly acquipped with all kinds of gadgets like the Avengers used. The Hood uses his demonic powers to ressurrected several villians that the Punisher supposedly killed a long time ago. Villians like the Fly, Lascivious, Deathadder, and Basilisk to name a few. The attacked the Punisher several times and were outsmarted by the vigilante. Basilisk and Deathadder went out of the way and tortured G.W. Bridge and his family in order to get lure in Frank. The Punisher tried to save G.W. Bridge but was captured, but not before taking out a few of the ressurected villians in the process. The Hood tried to make a deal with Frank, telling him that he could give up and live a happy life with his family, or die. Living with his family being the fact the the Hood was goign to ressurect Frank's family. The Punisher made a hard decision but in the end he chose to end it once and for all with the Hood and he killed his own ressurrected family. The ensuing battle also resulted in the death of G.W. Bridge. The Punisher escaped and left his sidekick to go into hiding alone. Beaten and broken, with less than the will to live after killing his own family, the Punisher was cornered yet again by the young, fresh, new Wolverine: his son, Daken or Dark Wolverine. Daken killed Frank by cutting him to pieces, and Frank's remains were shot down into the sewers of New York.

The Punisher's remains were found by various members of the Legion of Monsters, who are now using the Morlock tunnels as a hideaway from the world above after being chased off Monster Island; hunted by a japanese cult calling themselves the Monster Squad. Morbius the living vampire, and the Werewolf by Night use their own scientifics to bring the Punisher back to life, now as a frankenstein type monster. He has to take mysterious pills in order to regain conrtol of himself and his speech. The creatures of the Legion of Monsters have asked Frank to help them protect all the monster creatures of the world, keep them safe from the Monster Squad, so that they all may live in peace. At first the Punisher was against the idea of helping, he just wanted to be left alone. But after the Monster Squad invades their sanctuary, and one of the little Moloids Frank befriends is killed, the Punisher resolves to be back in business. Albeit, still frankenstein looking. Let the hunt begin.