Marvel Releases New Art Featuring Punisher’s Revamped Skull and Status Quo


The Punisher will get a new logo, role, and ongoing series in March, with new artwork highlighting his control over the Marvel Comics hand.

New artwork features Marvel Comics’ new role for the Punisher.

In December 2021, Marvel announced that Frank Castle would be getting a new ongoing series written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Paul Azaceta and Jesus Saiz, pushing him into a different role as the leader of the Hand. What caught many eyes on the news was the fact that the Punisher’s skull logo – now considered controversial by some – would be changed for the series. While the art pages display this new logo, the classic Castle icon and look is still present.

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Some of these art pages, like Castle in a city safehouse and his hand greeting, have already been seen when Punisher #1 was first announced. Now readers get a look at the Punisher’s initial confrontation with the Hand, with someone receiving a brutal beating and Castle leading the Hand ninja in his new garb. This isn’t the first time a Marvel character has been put in charge of the ninja clan, nor is it the first time the Punisher has been thrust into a role he’s never seen before.

One of the biggest storylines to see the hand under new management was Marvel’s shadowland event, which saw Daredevil corrupted by the Hand Beast as he battled his friends and allies. However, others like Elektra Natchios and Wilson Fisk (Kingpin) have also led the group in the past. The Punisher is the Last Leader, which also adds to his own wild history of being a Frankenstein-like monster, demon hunter, war machine and more.

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A big mystery with this title is how long Castle’s new role and icon will stick around. Although Punisher co-creator Gerry Conway recently explained how the original logo could lose its negative connotations, the recognizable skull has been adopted by far-right extremist groups and law enforcement over the years. , which Conway has expressed in the past. calling the use a “disgrace”. Whether the original logo will return in or after this series remains to be seen.

The artistic preview, the covers and the solicitation for Punisher #1 can be found below.


  • Variant cover by JEN BARTEL
  • Variant cover by GORAN PARLOV
  • Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
  • Variant cover by ERNANDA SOUZA
  • Variant cover by BENJAMIN SU
  • Variant Cover Spoiler ALSO AVAILABLE
  • Born of a tragedy. Devoted to war. Unstoppable in his rage. As the Punisher, Frank Castle became the most accomplished killer the world has ever seen. Now is the time for him to face his true destiny. What shocking secret from Frank’s past will convince him to take the reins of the Marvel Universe’s most notorious clan of assassins? And once Frank becomes the warlord of the Hand’s deadly ninjas, will that also mean the end of the Punisher? Or a brand new bloody start? Join the superstar crew of writer Jason Aaron and artists Jesús Saiz and Paul Azaceta for an epic exploration of the dark and violent past and inevitable future of one of Marvel’s most iconic characters.
  • 48 PGS./Parental advice … $5.99

Punisher #1 is written by Aaron with interior art from Azaceta and Saiz, with Saiz also creating the main cover. Colors for the issue were done by Dave Stewart, with variant covers contributed by Alex Ross, John Romita Jr., Goran Parlov, Jen Bartel, and Benjamin Su. The issue goes on sale March 9 from Marvel Comics.

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Source: Marvel

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