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The Military Skull Art Inspired by The Punisher

Deuce Four Picture
The “Deuce Four Skull” – clearly inspired by The Punisher’s skull symbol.

Marvel Comics character The Punisher first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 (cover-dated February 1974).  Created by writer Gerry Conway (with input from publisher Stan Lee, who suggested the character’s name) and artists John Romita, Sr. (who tweaked Conway’s design for the character, specifically putting a large skull symbol on the character’s chest) and Ross Andru (who first drew the character for publication), The Punisher was initially an antagonist to Spider-Man; as a vigilante, The Punisher is relentless in killing criminals, which puts him at odds with Spider-Man and other Marvel superheroes.  However, over the years, the character evolved into a sympathetic antihero that remains popular with many comics fans.  It appears that some of those fans are in the United States Armed Forces.

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