An iconic logo is going by the wayside thanks to the mob. In their new Punisher comic series, Marvel has decided to change the iconic logo due to its frequent use by law enforcement and military personnel. The series, written by Jason Aaron, will see Frank Castle ditch the logo along with his guns—trading them in for swords—as he becomes the leader of the criminal organization the Hand. This change comes after the Punisher himself stated (in comic dialogue) that he is against the use of his logo by law enforcement.
The new Punisher logo has drawn criticism both for its replacement of the original logo and for being too similar to the Mythosaur logo used by Mandalorians from Star Wars.
After the original logo was worn during the January 6th riot and was used by police officers during the Black Lives Matter riots, the calls to cancel or change the already controversial character’s logo became much louder.
The calls came primarily from average Twitter leftists, but prominent comic writers joined in with the mob, as well. The creator of the character (and many other iconic DC and Marvel characters and storylines), Gerry Conway, called seeing law enforcement use the logo “disturbing” and likened it to being “as offensive as putting a Confederate flag on a government building.” He also called for the Black Lives Matter organization and “comics book artists of color” to “reclaim the Punisher skull as a symbol of justice rather than lawless police oppression.”
Former Punisher writer Garth Ennis, who is known for his highly political and violent works (as well as for his hatred of superheroes), similarly critiqued users of the logo, suggesting that the users didn’t understand the logo’s meaning.
The logo change is not the first time Marvel has succumbed to the mob. In 2016, writer Tim Seeley quit writing a book about Blade and his daughter, since Seeley is white and Blade is a black character. Agreeing with the mob, Seeley stated that “[he] couldn’t help but feel like a black woman might write this stuff better than [himself]” after he claimed “a lot of people saw ‘here’s another black lead with an all-white creative team,’” which he concluded is “valid and definitely the case.” Although Seeley has since moved on to writing other books, the Blade book was ultimately canceled following his departure.
Chad Berkich is a Senior Editor for the Chicago Thinker. As a senior at the University of Chicago, he is majoring in mathematics. He is a Christian and conservative, and his other interests include superheroes and science fiction, video games, and rock music. He was the president of the University of Chicago's chapter of College Republicans for the 2022-2023 school year.