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The Superhero Reader$
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Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Kent Worcester

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038068

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.001.0001

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The Punisher as Revisionist Superhero Western

The Punisher as Revisionist Superhero Western

(p.279) The Punisher as Revisionist Superhero Western
The Superhero Reader

Lorrie Palmer

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the character the Punisher, who first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 in 1974, and then later evolved into a post-Vietnam anti-hero determined to right society’s wrongs by eliminating the villains who perpetrated them. It discusses how the Punisher mirrors the iconography and evolution of the Western’s complex protagonist.

Keywords:   superheroes, comic books, Western heroes, protagonists

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