Punisher: How a Comic Hero Became the Icon of the Fight Against ISIS

April 13, 2015 3:31 PM

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Punisher: How a Comic Hero Became the Icon of the Fight Against ISIS

The stencils of skulls on the vests of Iraqi fighters entering Tikrit last week may look familiar to many Americans. The long fanged, wincing face is that of the Punisher, a Marvel comic character whose mission is to fight evil employing all means necessary.

The Punisher’s journey from the mind of a Californian comic-book writer to the battle for Tikrit has been a long one. He was created 40 years ago as an anti-hero cameo for a Feb. 1974 edition of The Amazing Spider-Man.

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