Thrill of the Hunt: Marvel’s Punisher

Thrill of the Hunt: Marvel’s Punisher

Every week, Thrill of the Hunt looks at comics that are rising on the back issue market. This time, we’re taking a closer look at the Punisher from Marvel Comics. The Punisher is a violent antihero who first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #129 back in February of 1974. His popularity has waxed and waned over the years, 673509-minbut has recently been given a boost by his much-anticipated appearance in Daredevil Season Two on Netflix, and by rumours that he may soon graduate to his own standalone Netflix series.

Created by Gerry Conway and John Romita Sr., the Punisher begins his story in tragedy. Army veteran Frank Castle watches in horror as his young family is killed in the crossfire of a mob war, and vows vengeance against the criminal underworld. Using his military training and knowledge of weapons, he begins a one-man war against organized crime, but his extreme methods soon draw the attention of both law enforcement and the superhero community. Hunted by both heroes and villains, he lives a lonely and hidden life in the shadows.

The Punisher’s first appearance in the Amazing Spider-Man #129 has gone on to become one of the most sought-after comics of the 1970s, and high grade copies will now fetch $1,200 or more. The punisher has also entered the public consciousness, thanks in part to feature films released in 1989, 2004 and 2008. But with the announcement of his appearance in the Daredevil Netflix series – and rumours of his own upcoming series – many of his other key appearances have started to rise again in price.  Here are ten Punisher appearances that are on the move, and have the potential to realize much higher prices in the months to come:

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Amazing Spider-Man #134

July, 1974

2nd appearance of the Punisher (cameo)

Current value: $150

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Amazing Spider-Man #135

August, 1974

2nd full appearance of the Punisher

Current value: $250

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Daredevil #182

May, 1982

Classic battle with Daredevil, by Frank Millier (pt. 1)

Current value: $20

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Daredevil #183

June, 1982

Classic battle with Daredevil, by Frank Millier (pt. 2)

Current value: $30

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Daredevil #184

July, 1982

Classic battle with Daredevil, by Frank Millier (pt. 3)

Current value: $20

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Punisher #1

January, 1986

1st solo appearance, 1st issue of mini-series

Current value: $60

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Punisher #1

July, 1987

1st issue of ongoing series

Current value: $20

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Punisher #10

August, 1988

Classic battle with Daredevil (pt. 1)

Current value: $12

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Daredevil #257

August, 1988

Classic battle with Daredevil (pt. 2)

Current value: $10

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Punisher: War Journal #1

November, 1988

1st issue of “mature readers” series

Current value: $10

The Punisher has been a mainstay of the Marvel universe for more than 40 years, but as he makes his appearances in the Daredevil series, what’s old is new again. And that newfound energy seems to be driving the back issue market.


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