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After Franking for many years and having read almost every Punisher

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After Franking for many years and having read almost every Punisher comic ever written I've compiled a list of what I think are the best issues. I might have a missed a couple of good ones, but basically anything by Dixon or Ennis is worth reading. Here goes:


Franks 'Nam days:
The 'Nam 52-53
The 'Nam 67-69
Punisher invades The 'Nam one shot

Early Franking:
Punisher: Year One 1-4
Punisher 1-5 by Grant/Zeck mini series

First Ongoing:
Punisher 1-8
Punisher 9 Frank vs ninjas
Punisher 10 and daredevil 257 (Crossover)
Punisher 21 Boxing story
Punisher 33-34 vs the Reavers
Punisher 35-40 Jigsaw arc
Punisher 44 vs the flag burner ('murrica fuck yeah!)
Punisher 47-48 Frank fights terrorists in the Middle East
Punisher 53-59 Final Days arc
Punisher 60 because Frank turns into a black guy
Punisher 64-70 Eurohit arc
Punisher 77-79 Frank goes /out/ (wilderness survival arc)
Punisher 89-92 fortress miami arc

War Journal:
War Journal 1-5
War Journal 6-7 vs Wolverine
War Journal 8-13
War Journal 29-30 vs Ghost Rider
War Journal 52-53 'nam flashback

War Zone:
War Zone 1-11 some of John Romita Jr's best work
War Zone 12-16 Frank lives in a simulation like that Fallout 3 mission
War Zone 26-30 barbarian arc
War Zone 31-36 river of blood arc
War Zone 37 Max the dog
War Zone 38-40 Frank goes to prison

Suicide Run crossover event (optional):
Punisher 85-88
War Journal 61-64
War Zone 23-25

Countdown crossover event (optional):
Punisher 103-104
War Journal 79-80
War Zone 51
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Cont.

All the Marvel Knights stuff by Ennis:
Punisher 1-12 (Welcome Back Frank)
Punisher 1-37
Punisher War Zone 1-6

Punisher 1-10 by Remender
All of the Frankencastle stuff

All of the Solid Frank stuff by Rucka:
Punisher 1-16 (Avenging spider-man 6 and Daredevil 12 cross over with issue 10)
Punisher War Zone 1-6

Punisher MAX
Born 1-4
Punisher MAX 1-75
PunisherMAX 1-22
Punisher: Tyger
Punisher: The Cell
Punisher: The End

Mini series and one shots:
Daredevil 181-184
Daredevil 292-293
Anti-Venom: New Ways To Live 1-3 (underrated punisher centric mini series)
The trial of the punisher 1-2
Punisher kills the Marvel Universe (first Ennis Punisher)
Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher Hearts of Darkness
Amazing Spider-man 577 (brilliant punisher centric story)
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Going to mention any of the OGN's.
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Thanks for the autism, anon. Just started reading MAX and was looking for more Punisher shit. Copied to a txt file for posterity, I'd make a rec image out of it but you just know that one shitposter would show up.
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>>77797116
I only enjoyed Hearts of Darkness desu.
Oh and The Prize.

>>77797135
You're welcome!
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>>77796741
>War Zone 1-11 some of John Romita Jr's best work
>War Zone 12-16 Frank lives in a simulation like that Fallout 3 mission
>War Zone 26-30 barbarian arc

damn this stuff sounds interesting

i'm only ever liked Frank as emotionless serial killer stuff so haven't read a lot of the Marvel U stuff
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>>77796741
what about Baron? Or DeMatteis
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There's an arc in which Frank fights a bear.
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>>77796741

And what would you say is the worst of Frank?
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>>77796788
>anti venom new ways to live
yes that comic is awesome
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>>77797231
The earlier stuff is much more 80's action hero. Lots of weird bad guys and lots of daggers, ballistic knives and rocket launchers.

War Zone is where it starts getting a little darker I think. The first arc has Frank infiltrating a gang by forcing one of them into convincing the others that he's his brother.
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>>77797345
I actually enjoyed that stuff in spite of starting Punisher with Max, I do see how it would turn some people off.
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>>77797299
Probably a lot of the issues in between the ones I've listed in the older series'. Lots of filler issues that are terrible.

Personally I didn't like the Frankencastle
Stuff but a lot people enjoyed it.

The latest ongoing was shit as well imo. And the ending didn't make any sense at all unless you read other marvel titles.
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>>77797299
Those Jim Woodring comics. Like, come on, where are all the guns? Is Frank even human in those?
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>>77797389
Oh yeah there a couple of others to avoid. There's a mini series where Frank becomes some kind of angel of vengeance and has supernatural weapons, and there's a 90's series where he becomes mob boss for some reason.
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>>77797299

The Purgatory/Revelation duology
Most of Fraction's run (the best issues were the ones that barely involved Frank, which should tell how well he handled the character)

I've heard bad things about Ostrander's run, though I haven't read it yet, so I personally can't confirm.
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>>77797550
>Ostrander's run

Don't bother m8
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>>77796741
>Punisher 35-40 Jigsaw arc

Is this a fucking joke? That was one of the worst Punisher stories of all time.
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>>77796741
>Punisher 60 because Frank turns into a black guy

No. Garbage.
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>>77796741
>>77796788
This list is a mess. You've got most of the best stuff, but are still missing at least 10-20% of the top tier issues from the 80s/90s. And you included several duds.

But hey, your opinion, whatever.
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>>77797650

It at least gave us this absurdly awesome/stupid bit.
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>>77797650
I liked it senpai, Mike Baron goodness.

>>77797662
I added this one for comedic value, everyone should read this comic.
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>>77797694
What would you add/take away?
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Has anyone got the image of Frank explaining he lives on the edge?
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>>77797299
Anything drawn by Nguyen
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>>77797744
That's not Frank. It's Jake Gallows from Punisher 2099. As his name, and co-written by Dredd famed writer Pat Mills might tell you, it's a tad tongue in cheek.
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>>77797744
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>>77797772
>I don't need a jet pack, all I need it hate.
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>>77797772
>>77797800

That story where he killed an immortal villain by throwing him into a large hadron collider, which obliterated his soul.
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>>77797891
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>>77797891
Funny thing about that panel is that the girl thought that she is getting ridiculed because she kept pushing her own idea of Jake being the punisher. She loses her shit and tells she is quitting her job as a psychiatrist because she made such a stupid mistake.

Then Jake silently confesses to her that he really, really is the punisher... and everything he said was true, even shows her the prison he runs and so on.

Then they fuck.
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>>77797766
A lot of people miss that it's essentially Mills taking the piss.
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>>77796741
But would Frank frank a check? For franking?
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>>77797714
I could see that happening in Badger.
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>>77798129
>A lot of people miss that it's essentially Mills taking the piss.

Yeah, it looks hilarious out of context. But Jake really was very heavily psychologically damaged, is extremely obsessed with the idea of punishing - not just killing, actually torturing criminals - and is borderline schizophrenic (has to try to hold down his own hand back with his other arm from killing his boss, who "needs to be punished").

However it can be justified since in the place he lives, police protection is a subscription service, and you can legally get away from multiple homocides with a black credit card.
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Where does Ultimate Punisher fall? I'm sure it's a bias, but I felt Ultimate Punisher relishes a bit too much in the violence, also the only Frank to explicitly screw up and kill an innocent, only to disappear.
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>>77798326
>Where does Ultimate Punisher fall?

Hard to say since he barely appeared. He seems to be the same as normal Frank, he was just a policeman first.
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>>77798408
Until bendis gave him a power creep
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>>77798326
The first six pages of Ultimate Avengers 7 is the most pure Frank I've ever seen
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>>77798694
Just avoid ultimate end.
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>>77798694
It was pretty distilled, I wish he kept the power suit, oh and he's explicitly republican.
>baby Guantanamo
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>>77798870
Only the first few pages of silent Franking. After that he's less Frank
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>>77797714
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>>77799764
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Can't Tank the Frank
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What are the best Jigsaw stories?
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This thread is in dire need of some Barracuda
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Frunk
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Froonk
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>>77801333
I really wanna hear what Barracuda would sound like IRL
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>>77801565
I always imagined him as Michael Leon Wooley, especially when laughing.
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>>77801160

Amazing Spider-Man 162-163
Amazing Spider-Man 188
The Punisher: Circle of Blood
The Punisher Vol 2, 55-56
The Punisher War Journal 61 (cameo)
The Punisher: Year One
New Avengers 35
Punisher War Journal Vol 2, 11 and 18-23
Punisher Vol 9, 10 (cameo)
Punisher: In the Blood

That's just 616, there are other AU ones like Girls in White Dresses, and maybe the two crossovers with Batman.
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>>77801565

He had a voice in one of the video games, though I don't know if the actor was credited.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBOTgQPToA0
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I'd add Ghosts of Innocents to the miniseries list - that ending hit me harder than I expected.
>>77801565
Reginald D Hunter, but that's just me.
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>>77801565
I always heard Michael Clark Duncan
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Will accrue the list and upload a torrent in a day or so
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>>77802106

Starlin was a surprisingly alright Punisher writer.

Along with Ghosts of Innocents he also did another mini called P.O.V.
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>>77800799
Up
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>>77802283
You're good people, anon.
>>77802967
I read P.O.V. - I thought it had the same problem as Death in The Family, where Jim's trying to be politically relevant and failing quite badly.
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>>77802967
That book was pretty damn awesome.
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>>77796741
Should I read this list chronologically as presented? Or can I just skip around...?
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>>77801884
Thanks, Anon.
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>>77801160
I've always liked Jigsaw, but most of the actual stories he's in are weak.
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The MAX Punisher run after Ennis stopped(Long Cold Dark) Is a bone of contention here since it changes Frank's motivation and his attitudes toward shis family. So best to just conside rit an Alt continuity. Valley Forge is a good stopping point
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>>77808792

The post-Ennis but pre-Aaron issues (#61 to #75) weren't bad.
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>>77806518

Echoing these sentiments.

I've always wanted to see Ennis write him, preferably seriously. The closest he ever came is that video game from 2005, which he's listed as a writer of, though that might only be because of how much it took verbatim from his Marvel Knights run.
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>>77805653
It's mostly in Chronological order, although the MAX stuff is a separate universe and the one shot section at then bottom is all random
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