Writer Gerry Conway and the artists John Romita Sr. and Ross Andru created the Punisher in 1974. His first appearance was in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 (February 1974). The Punisher is a vigilante who employs murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture in his war on crime. Driven by the deaths of his wife and two children, who were killed by the mob during a shootout in New York City's Central Park, the Punisher wages a one-man war on the mob and all criminals in general by using all manner of conventional war weaponry. His family's killers were the first to be slain. A war veteran of the U.S. military, Frank Castle is a master of martial arts, stealth tactics, guerrilla warfare, and a wide variety of weapons.
Marvel Worldwide Inc. is an American publisher of comics books starting in 1939 as Timely Publications. By the early 70s, the company was considered as one the best comic publisher in the United States. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Worldwide's parent company, for four thousand million dollars.