There are altogether three feature films made of The Punisher, Marvel Comics one-man army against crime. Dolph Lundgren portrayed the Punisher in 1989, as did Thomas Jane in 2004, and Ray Stevenson in 2008. The Punisher is a vigilante who employs murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture in his war on crime. The Punisher's brutal nature and willingness to kill made him a novel character in mainstream American comic books in 1974. By the late 1980s, he was part of a wave of psychologically troubled anti-heroes which had become the norm. Readers were also embracing these anti-heroes, not just the squeaky clean superhero types.
Art Figures have so far released two of the three Punisher figures from the films - Art-Figures: SAVES AF-003 which is basically Ray Stevenson as Frank Castle / The Punisher from the 2008 film "Punisher: War Zone" (pictures HERE), the third film on the Marvel character AND most recently, Art Figures AF-005 1/6 scale Avenger 12-inch figure (reviewed HERE) which is none other than Thomas Jane as the anti-hero Frank Castle / The Punisher from the 2004 Punisher movie.
It's always nice to put the figures side by side and compare the two, in terms of scale and size. And these two certainly look the part as vigilantes. Imagine a parallel universe converging, resulting in these two Punishers coming together to fight as one unit, an army of two!
Scroll down for more pictures of these two Men in Black. Black is after all a color favored by all those who would rather blend into the shadows and stay hidden until they are ready to strike! And you know what else? Black never goes out of style :) From the time of ninjas till now, warriors have adopted the color black for stealth when they strike at night or from the shadows.
The Punisher is no different, except in the comics, he wore white gloves and boots along with the giant white skull logo that covers his entire chest :) Looks great in 2-D but just won't pan out in real life. You won't see Wolverine running around in yellow spandex either!
If two is better than one, then three is definitely better than two, right? I just felt that John Connor fits in rather well with this Punisher duo from Art Figures :)
Standing alongside the two Art Figures Punisher 12-inch figures is Hot Toys Terminator Salvation1/6 scale John Connor figure (reviewed earlier HERE).
In the 2009 science fiction action film "Terminator Salvation" directed by McG, which is set in the year 2018, John Connor, portrayed by Christian Bale, is an older, battle-experienced, resistance soldier married to Kate Brewster, who serves as a medic and is now pregnant with his child.
Here's Hot Toys Christian Bale John Connor figure flanked by Art Figures Punisher figures
Some close-ups of 1/6 scale John Connor and Art Figures Ray Stevenson Punisher Figures