The Punisher: Frank Castle (titled The Punisher prior to issue #66, sometimes referred to as The Punisher MAX) is a comic book ongoing series published under the MAX imprint of Marvel Comics featuring vigilante anti-hero, the Punisher.
With issue #61, Gregg Hurwitz replaced Ennis as writer joining artist Laurence Campbell to do a five-issue story arc. With issue #66 released on January 21, 2009, the series was retitled Punisher: Frank Castle with writer Duane Swierczynski and artist Michel Lacombe coming to the series. Victor Gischler came onboard for the storyline "Welcome to the Bayou" in issues #71-74 before the title finished with issue #75, a double-length issue with stories by Thomas Piccirilli, Gregg Hurwitz, Duane Swierczynski, Peter Milligan and Charlie Huston.
The title was relaunched as PunisherMAX, in late 2009, with writer Jason Aaron and artist Steve Dillon.
The series makes it explicit that it does not use a floating timeline like the Marvel Universe, and that the Punisher ages in real time. Promotional art for the cover of The Punisher #44 (March 2007) gives his birth date as February 16, 1950, but that was removed for the published issues. The imprint depicts the Punisher as having been active for almost 30 years, with issue #19 specifying that he has killed approximately 2,000 people. The Punisher: Born also establishes that the Punisher's service in the Vietnam War is still in MAX continuity.
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