The iconic skull logo for The Punisher must not be “a symbol of oppression” anymore, says co-creator Gerry Conway who has launched a campaign “to reclaim the Punisher skull as a symbol of justice.”
“For too long, symbols associated with a character I co-created have been co-opted by forces of oppression and to intimidate black Americans. This character and symbol was never intended as a symbol of oppression. This is a symbol of a systematic failure of equal justice. It’s time to claim this symbol for the cause of equal justice and Black Lives Matter.“
Shirts are now available sporting new designs with the intention of raising money to support the cause. Check them out over at Custom Ink.
The Punisher (Frank Castle) was created by writer Gerry Conway and artists John Romita Sr. and Ross Andru. The character made his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 in February 1974.
The character is a vigilante who employs murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture in his campaign against crime. Driven by the deaths of his wife and children, who were killed by the mob for witnessing a killing in New York City, the Punisher wages a one-man war on crime while employing the use of various weapons and firearms.