Characters Appearing: Colonel De Sade, Punisher
Punisher Summer Special #2
Issue(s): Punisher Summer Special #2
The first story does at least have continuity value, albeit only in the sense that it brings back a villain from the previous Summer Special (and this is his only other appearance), in a story that was also by Pat Mills. I'm talking about the sado-masochist Colonel De Sade. He seemingly died in the last issue, but it turns out he was rescued by the police. And now he's out of jail and making snuff films. And sending the films to the Punisher to taunt him.
So to make a long (35 page) story short, the Punisher hunts him down and kills him.
It's a decent story with a few good moments, like when the Punisher tells the actresses what they've really been auditioning for...
...and when the Colonel's assistant finds out that she's not safe from his insanity.
It would have been ok as a fill-in for the regular series (except it is a bit long, and feels it), but the art isn't very good and it certainly isn't "special" despite what the book is called.
The other two stories are by Chuck Dixon. One is a 3 page joke about a guy trying to sell the Punisher life insurance while he's killing a bunch of gang members.
And the final story is showcasing some cartoony stylized art from John Hinkleton of 2000 AD fame.
I guess that story is worthwhile in an artist spotlight kind of way. I personally dislike the "New York subways are full of rampant criminals" message but it was a common one at the time. I also doubt most Marvel, and especially Punisher, fans appreciated Hinkleton's style. I think it's fun, recognizing it for what it is. So, ok, this issue does have some slight value besides the cover. But the cover's still the best part.
But the main point is that we didn't need this book at all. We were getting plenty of Punisher already. I don't know about the 3 page story, but the final story is 8 pages, which makes me wonder if it was intended for Marvel Comics Presents (which had surprisingly few Punisher stories). Maybe once again the idea is that they had so much overflow for that book they needed more outlets for them. Otherwise i don't see the point of putting the regular writer for the Punisher books on yet another title.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Might want to put a warning on this entry that the artwork might induce violent vomiting.
Posted by: Robert | February 6, 2016 1:31 PM
By the way, snuff films don't exist. Never did. Well, maybe the one Abraham Zapruder shot...
Posted by: Mark Drummond | February 6, 2016 4:06 PM
I think this is the first Mike McKone art for Marvel. He will go on to be a pretty dependable artist for them. He still draws books for Marvel too but rarely has long runs on them. He's the guy they go to for a cover or to cover for one of their lazy big name artists.
Posted by: AF | February 6, 2016 7:14 PM
He did have a nice long run with Geoff Johns on Teen Titans, which was a particularly fun, colorful, and energetic book.
Posted by: JC | February 13, 2016 8:13 AM
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