Marvel Comics, 1986
Writers: Steven Grant (issues 1 -4, plot on issue 5); Jo Duffy (script on issue 5)
Penciler: Mike Zeck (issues 1 – 4)
Breakdowns: Mike Vosburg (issue 5)
Inker: John Beatty (issues 1 - 4; finished art on issue 5)
It was the first ever Punisher mini-series and it remains one of the best. If they ever wanted to make a proper Punisher movie then Hollywood should look no further than the first issue and use that as a starting point.
The first issue contains some of the most defining moments in the Punisher’s career, and the team of Grant-Zeck-Beatty was one of those magical combinations that come along only in the proverbial blue moon. Zeck and Beatty were the hot artistic team of the time, fresh from a dream run on Captain America and the (now much maligned) mini-series Secret Wars. Zeck had falled into difficulties with the Secret Wars series and several issues featured work by a host of Marvel artists, including John Byrne, Bob Layton, Jack Abe…