Amazing Spider-Man #135

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2nd Punisher Appearance and story

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August 1974
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  • This issue should contain Marvel Value Stamp #4 - The Thing
  • 2nd Appearance of "The Punisher" (Frank Castle)
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Shoot-Out In Central Park!

2nd appearance of "The Punisher" (Frank Castle)
Continued from last issue.. While fighting the Tarantula, Spider-Man finds himself under the gun of the Punisher, who believes that the wall-crawler is in on the kidnapping of the ships crew. The Tarantula allows the Punisher to believe this, prompting a fight between Spider-Man and the Punisher allowing the Tarantula and his men to escape. When the Punisher realizes that he's been duped, he stops his fight with Spider-Man and tells the wall-crawler to meet him at midnight at the museum in Fort Tryon before jumping overboard. Spider-Man flees the ship when the crew (who still believe that he had something to do with the hijacking) crowd around him. He changes into Peter Parker in the water and pretends that he needs to be rescued. He manages to convince Mary Jane that he was knocked overboard, however he fails to convince Flash Thompson, who is becoming suspicious of Peter's double identity.

After phoning Jameson to report that Spider-Man saved the cruise and that he got pictures of Spider-Man's fight with the Tarantula. While he showers in his apartment later, he doesn't hear Harry sneak into his room and snoop around for his Spider-Man costume. When Harry finds it, he is convinced that Peter is really Spider-Man and quietly leaves.

At midnight, Spider-Man meets with the Punisher at their designated meeting place, there the Punisher shows Spider-Man slides of the Tarantula telling Spider-Man of his origins: How he was a member of freedom fighters in a South American country, however his violent ways had him kicked out of group of revolutionaries. The Tarantula would eventually change sides and be turned into his countries answer to Captain America to fight the revolutionaries. However, his love of violence would get him in hot-water with his leaders again, and so he had fled the country to the United States, where he set himself up as a mercinary.

With Spider-Man briefed, the two go after the Tarantula attacking his safe house, the Punisher with the help of Spider-Man defeats the Tarantula and his men. After they have been bound up, the Punisher bids farewell to the wall-crawler. While at the warehouse that Spider-Man had his final battle against the original Green Goblin, Harry Osborn has come to collect his fathers device, to get revenge against the man who killed him -- Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man.

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