While Charles Bronson starred in Death Wish in theaters, Gerry Conway and Ross Andru came up with their own idea of a gun nut who wanted to obliterate organized crime. The weird part about this comic is that he thinks killing Spider-Man is an essential part of that goal.
But he’s just being tricked. By Jackal.
One of the things that made the early Punisher appearances cool was that he had no origin story. Like Wolverine, it took a while before Marvel started to reveal more about Punisher’s past (including his real name, Frank Castle). Unlike Wolverine, when they started telling Punisher’s origin story, it didn’t ruin the character. It actually made him more interesting.
All we learn from this issue is that he was a former Marine who believes that criminals all deserve to die–and that it’s his mission to be their scourge.
Spidey and Punisher briefly go toe to toe, but really Pun isn’t a close match for Spider-Man–and in later comics, where he takes out the entire Avengers–it gets kind of ridiculously stupid.
Anyhow, like I said, by the end of the issue he figures out Jackal was just using him….
Creators: Gerry Conway and Ross Andru
First appearance of Jackal and Punisher