Amazing Spider-Man #201-202
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #201, Amazing Spider-Man #202
Beyond that, Spidey and the Punisher team up to fight some criminals. The Punisher is still using mercy bullets, but he's definitely psycho.
So is J. Jonah Jameson, who is running around accusing everyone of being against him and not making much progress at the psychiatrist's.
Helping fuel his paranoia is the fact that Joe Robertson has been put in charge of the Bugle.
I dunno, i guess my complaint about this arc is that everyone's a little too crazy.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Tales #218, Marvel Tales #219
Inbound References (2): showApril Maye, Aunt May, Barney Bushkin, Glory Grant, J. Jonah Jameson, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Marla Madison Jameson, Mary Jane Watson, Punisher, Spider-Man
This is the last appearance the Punisher makes in Amazing Spider-Man for a while. His next few appearances in Marvel continuity eventually show him to be just plain bonkers, and in a Bill Mantlo-written "Peter Parker" story, he actually gets committed. I suspect this was a sort-of disposing of another "disposable character" at the time, and he probably would have stayed disposed if Frank Miller hadn't wanted to use him in Daredevil. Hard to believe these days, but the Punisher wasn't always a total fan favorite--for example, the b&w Marvel Super-Action #1 ran letters on the Punisher's first solo story in Marvel Preview #2 from 1975, and about half the letters stated he was a repulsive, unheroic homicidal lunatic. Since there was no solo continuing Punisher series during the 1970s, I'm guessing a majority of readers felt the same way.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 30, 2011 12:17 AM
sad how people change. i guess back in the 70s people were not as inundated with "vigelante killer heros" as now so an anti-hero like the punisher can become a "good guy"
Posted by: kveto from prague | October 8, 2011 4:36 AM
According to Comics Journal #51, there were supposed to be further Marv Wolfman stories here drawn by Steve Leialoha(with the Vulture), Marie Severin, and Will Meugniot, but Wolfman instead quit for DC over Jim Shooter overruling Marv's editing decisions(most notably removing his editorship of the B&W Tomb of Dracula backup features).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | April 8, 2012 1:52 AM
fnord12. I have the Marvel Tales version of this (I didn't know that Marvel Tales was reprints at the time) and the splash is different to the 1st panel you have. It's at a completely different angle (you don't see Parker face on) and he says "What in the World?" instead of "wha--?the Punisher! Do you, or anyone else know why it has been redrawn and has this happened in other Marvel Tales.?
Posted by: JSfan | June 12, 2015 4:11 PM
I can answer that. the first panel fnord posted is not the splash of #202 but the final panel of #201 (or vise versa, i'd have to get out my comics to check) The same cliffhanger scene in the final panel and the splash of the subsequent issue.
Posted by: kveto | June 12, 2015 4:37 PM
Duhh! Makes total sense, now. Thank you, Kveto.
Posted by: JSfan | June 12, 2015 5:13 PM
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