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Punisher as a Black Man?

  • Wesofoz2 | Male | 1 years old | Los Angeles

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Punisher as a Black Man?

883 views • May 3, '21 • (3) Comments

So I bought a blind bag of 50 Punisher comics and ended up with a copy of Punisher Issue #61 from 1992. I don't know what leads up to it and I have no idea what happens after, but I think I am going to track down the rest of the story because I have SO many questions. It's not that it's written poorly or the art is bad or anything, but I just got dropped into the middle of an arc where apparenlty Punisher is now an African American male known as Rook and nobody seems to be able to tell the difference. Not even Luke Cage. Is he doing some sort of black face? Did he go through some sort of race change machine? How do they handle changing him back and what do the other characters say about it? 

I have to investigate this further.

  • May 5, '21 by atom's avatar atom
  • You've found yourself a chunk of classic Longbox Junk that's regarded as one of the most "WTF" Punisher stories ever written. The short and sweet of it is after Kingpin decides to finally break the Punisher while he's in prison, he's almost killed but manages to escape. He finds a drug-addicted (maybe prostitute?) former plastic surgeon and instructs her to fix it so nobody will recognize him. When he wakes up from the operation. . .SURPRISE! He's black! The story only lasted from #59 - #62 before Marvel realized that this wasn't a good direction. Good stuff.
    • May 5, '21 by Wesofoz2's avatar Wesofoz2
    • YES!
      Thanks for the insight, and all I can say is one man's junk is clearly my treasure! I'll add this to my collection of Questionable decisions. I think I'll slot it in right before Team Youngblood Issue 4 with the furry love/cross species breeding scene.
    • May 5, '21 by Wesofoz2's avatar Wesofoz2
    • I was able to dig up these issues today!! I am stupid excited to read the whole thing. Bananas.
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