P:R Redesign: Denis Medri’s 1970′s Punisher!

Note: Today, Denis Medri takes Marvel’s Punisher back to his roots in the 70s and shows us what Frank Castle would be like if he was a man of his times. Medri shows his trademark attention to stylistic details, creating a redesign that his period specific and packed to the gills with enough imagination to leave fans day-dreaming of stories. – Chris A.

17 comments on “P:R Redesign: Denis Medri’s 1970′s Punisher!
  1. In my opinion, doesn’t even need the skull t-shirt. I know you’re going for just a time-warp, but this strikes me as a classier and more low-key Frank Castle. Must be the hat and coat. But the character I immediately think of wouldn’t walk around with a skull on his shirt — he’d just leave a skull calling card or spray paint it on the wall of the mob safehouse he just shot up. (I know I said classier and low-key, but all things are relative…)

  2. This is fun and maybe “realistic” but the Punisher original suit is from the early 1970′s … right? I can really see the Clint Eastwood/Dirty Harry influence here, even giving him a Grand Tarino is even a nod to Clint.

    One thing – as a child of the 70′s I can tell you there were way better options for an intimidating graphic than that knitted cartoony skull. Look at the cool Vietnam war era military patches, maybe one of those could be adopted since Frank is a veteran.

  3. This is the first “miss” for Medri, in my humble opinion – and that’s not bad. Everything else I’ve seen is absolutely phenomenal. But while the art here is top-notch, and the genre is correct, I just can’t imagine Frank Castle shedding the basic black

  4. I really dig Mr. Medri’s approach with these time period-specific redesigns, but something about this one just bothers me a little bit. I think Frank would always use an automatic weapon given the opportunity, seeing as he’s the shoot-first kind of guy and would probably need a gun that was quicker to reload than revolvers. However, not being a big Punisher reader, there could be a precedent for Frank using wheelguns. The other aspects of the design are spot-on though, as is the detail of the hat, glasses and meaty sideburns. Also, you gotta love that olive drab Torino!

  5. as always– I love Medri’s art. I wish he could magically get a job drawing all my favorite books.
    However, I’m not quite sure about this one. This doesn’t feel like Frank Castle to me, and it’s all about that jacket. Plaid tweed isn’t striking fear into anyone’s heart– and a simple switch to leather (think Richard Roundtree in the opening credits of SHAFT) would do the trick perfectly.

  6. Rather dig the take myself. The outfit and look keep the 70′s vibe and the toned-down skull motif works well in not overwhelming the 70′s style elements. Not sure about the plaid, but then again this is the 70′s.

  7. DannyIndeed: This is the first “miss” for Medri, in my humble opinion – and that’s not bad. Everything else I’ve seen is absolutely phenomenal. But while the art here is top-notch, and the genre is correct, I just can’t imagine Frank Castle shedding the basic black

    DannyIndeed: This is the first “miss” for Medri, in my humble opinion – and that’s not bad. Everything else I’ve seen is absolutely phenomenal. But while the art here is top-notch, and the genre is correct, I just can’t imagine Frank Castle shedding the basic black

    The first miss for me was the Western JLA Batman that would probably have been better as a Zorro-lookalike.

  8. I waaaay dig this. Charles Bronson IS The Punisher!

    I’d actually really like to see him in a mob style suit for this, but this feels soooo right. Having survived 70′s fashion, I’d have done the skull as a giant belt buckle.

    I know this all sounds critical, but this is so groovy that I want to see more!

  9. If there had ever existed a show called “Starsky & Castle” — a short-lived spin-off of Starsky & Hutch in which Starsky teamed up with the Punisher in order to track down and blow away the mobsters he believed had killed his partner (ending when it’s revealed a season later that Hutch was actually alive the whole time and secretly undercover) — this would be the Punisher for that show.

    And that’s not a bad thing.

  10. Neat, 70′s tv cop show Punisher. Can almost hear the whacka-chaka music in the background!! Hope there is more to this line.

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