In this series we spotlight comic book stories that are likely best left forgotten. Here is an archive of past installments.
Today we look at how Punisher became a black guy for a short period of time…
In 1991, writer Mike Baron (along with artists Hugh Haynes and Jimmy Palmiotti) began an epic Punisher story called The Final Days. In it, the Kingpin hires a young criminal genius to slowly tear down the Punisher. It involves Frank Castle ending up in prison, where he is brutally attacked by a group of bad guys led by Punisher’s enemy, Jigsaw (one of the few Punisher enemies still alive)…
Amusingly enough, his injuries served as cover for him to escape, as he took the place of another injured prisoner whose buddies were breaking him out of jail.
Now on the run and with a heavily scarred face, Frank gets a doctor who is now a drug addict to work on his face, giving him plastic surgery so that no one can recognize him. This comes to a head in Punisher #59 (by Baron, Haynes and Palmiotti)…
Go to the next page to see how quickly they reversed this plot development!
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