In recent years, Marvel Comics’ Punisher logo has become a controversial symbol, used for a number of political situations, including the Black Lives Matter movement and the January 2021 U.S. Capitol riots.
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At the time, comic book artists, writers, and executives took to social media to share their thoughts about the logo — which was most recently prominently featured in live-action in Netflix’s The Punisher series starring Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle/The Punisher.
Mitch Gerads wrote:
Yep. I worked on Punisher for 20 issues (Including the two Kevin wrote). I designed a new skull. I designed a patch (FOR CHARITY) using it. Seeing it (Thankfully, not mine) used by these groups today shows Marvel needs to retire it till it’s no longer adopted as a symbol of hate.
Yep. I worked on Punisher for 20 issues (Including the two Kevin wrote). I designed a new skull. I designed a patch (FOR CHARITY) using it. Seeing it (Thankfully, not mine) used by these groups today shows Marvel needs to retire it till it’s no longer adopted as a symbol of hate. https://t.co/vb0pa9kKxu
— Mitch Gerads (@MitchGerads) January 11, 2021
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Now, in a newly announced upcoming Marvel Comics series, the Punisher logo has officially been changed. As one recent article explained:
Set to launch in March, the series will feature 13 oversized issues that run monthly, placing the finale out in April 2023. Saiz is set to draw the present-day journey of the character while Azaceta’s line art will be focused in the flashbacks. The series is also changing Castle’s iconic brand after its involvement in real-world controversies over the past few years.
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As you can see in the preview [above], Castle’s skull logo now looks different than the original logo [below], with two stylized horns and a different jawline. Marvel has not officially commented on the new design.
Jason Aaron shared his excitement about the new Marvel series, which will see Castle report directly to The Beast:
“After writing the Punisher over the years, I’ve always been fascinated by the character of Frank Castle. What moments made him the Punisher, even before that fateful day in the park? And how far will he go to win the war that has consumed his life? Spoiler: as far as it damn well takes. This story is the destined next step in the dark and tragic evolution of Frank Castle, from troubled kid to heroic soldier to revenge-driven vigilante…to the duly anointed King of Killers. Believe me when I say, I am as excited about this story as anything I’ve ever written for Marvel.”
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What do you think about the Punisher logo being changed?