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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Did the Punisher Fight in the Vietnam War?

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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Did the Punisher Fight in the Vietnam War?

In this feature we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, we look at how Marvel has handled the Punisher’s service as a Marine during the Vietnam War…

When the Punisher debuted at the end of 1973 in Amazing Spider-Man #129 by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, he mentions to Spider-Man that he is a Marine and Spidey expresses surprise that Punisher is fighting HERE instead of, well, you know, Vietnam…

It wasn’t until the Punisher’s fifth appearance that we got confirmation that he fought in Vietnam, when he encounters an old war buddy…

Then, later in the issue (which was written by Gerry Conway and drawn by Tony DeZuniga), we get the Punisher’s origin for the first time…

And that was it for the Punisher and Vietnam. They just went together for years. The Punisher even appeared in Marvel’s series about the Vietnam War, The ‘Nam…

In his Punisher Max work, Garth Ennis repeatedly featured the Punisher’s service in Vietnam…

However, in 2011, the Punisher received a new series written by Greg Rucka and drawn by Marco Checchetto. Was nearly forty years of existence too long for the Punisher to still be written as a Vietnam War veteran? Go to the next page to find out…

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