Friday, March 28, 2014

Ugly, and not Hollywood ugly:

We mentioned some Punisher comics with the Kingpin, that were released after the Kingpin had been brought down. Well, here's another, with the bonus of being released after but set before the X-Men comics references, too. From 1993, Wolverine and the Punisher: Damaging Evidence #3, written by Carl Potts, art by Gary Erskine.

A Punisher/Wolverine crossover book was probably an easy way to Marvel to print money, although I kind of wonder if this wasn't past it's sell-by date since it tied into bad guys from the first year of Punisher War Journal: Damage, Sniper, and Wolverine. Wait a minute...

Using technology from Donald Pierce and the Reavers--which, really, really sounds like a band--the Kingpin has the crippled thug Damage rebuilt into a cyborg, than further has his face rebuilt to look like the Punisher. With his new face, Damage begins a shooting spree to both discredit and gaslight the Punisher; while Wolverine tries to warn him and Sniper wants to kill him himself. Wolvie and the Punisher don't see each other until the last issue!

Erskine's an interesting choice for art on this one: Frank and Logan are both ugly as hell here. And they're handsome compared to Damage and Sniper, who are so scarred up you'd think they ran into Wolverine, not the Punisher.


SallyP said...

Yeah, I read this, and that was some butt-ugly artwork. Story wasn't much either.

Dale Bagwell said...

I really need to buy the rest of these. Don't ask me why, since it
s not the best team=up story in the world. But it's not bad for its time.

Ugly art indeed. Sweet fuck!
His work is so much better now though.