Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve one over the years.
With the debut of the Punisher in the second season of the Daredevil Netflix television series, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the five best in-continuity Daredevil/Punisher fights. I have decided to choose individual fights within overall stories (like ranking each individual fight within the Daredevil vs. Punisher mini-series rather than counting the entire mini-series as one huge fight). If you prefer to consider each overall story as one fight, I’ve included five overall stories on the countdown for that very purpose, so just go by the overall stories for an alternate top five.
First fight from Daredevil #292 (D.G. Chichester, Lee Weeks and Fred Fredericks)
Daredevil is hunting down some super-villains who are involved in an assassination contest, but the Punisher is hunting them down, as well. It is kind of surprising just how easily Daredevil goes down in this particular fight…
He later tracks the Punisher down while the Punisher is on top of a bus that Tombstone and Taskmaster had commandeered to make their escape. Daredevil is thrown from the bus, though, which eventually leads to…
First fight from Daredevil #293 (D.G. Chichester, Lee Weeks and Fred Fredericks)
Now it is Daredevil who wins the fight a bit too easily…
but it DOES lead to an awesome scene where Daredevil uses the confiscated gun to shoot Punisher’s knife, to keep it from killing Taskmaster…
Second fight from Daredevil #293 (Chichester, Weeks and Fredericks)
The Punisher hunts down the remaining killer to a circus performance…
This is barely a fight, as they both just sort of give up quickly enough once Punisher’s original assassination attempt is foiled.
Daredevil foils another assassination attempt (Daredevil #184 by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson)
The Punisher is insistent on killing a drug dealer known as the Hogman. Daredevil erroneously believes the Hogman to be innocent. This has an awesome opening visual by Miller and Janson, but it’s not much of an actual fight…
Second fight from Daredevil vs. Punisher: Means and Ends (issue #2 by David Lapham)
Daredevil vs. Punisher: Means to an End was a very good mini-series by David Lapham (who wrote and drew the book), but what was particularly interesting to me (besides the clever commentary on how violence can ruin people’s lives, as a young man slowly descends into some bad territory, in a very similar way to some characters in Lapham’s Stray Bullets) was how Lapham managed to get four significant Daredevil/Punisher fights into the six issues. Most other writers would have condensed the fights. It was impressive that Lapham did not.
All of the fights were handled well, but the “worst” one was likely from issue #2, as it is interrupted by a fire bomb pretty quickly….
First fight from Daredevil vs. the Punisher: Means and Ends (issue #1 by Lapham)
What I like about their first fight from the very first issue is that it is more of a traditional superhero fight. As the series progresses, their fights become more and more brutal and more “realistic.” Lapham even seems to draw Daredevil more like John Romita here. It was a clever approach by Lapham…
Third fight from Daredevil vs. the Punisher: Means and Ends (issue #4 by Lapham)
This is a rough fight, as it comes down to the Punisher escaping due to him accidentally shooting an innocent civilian…
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