“The Punisher” Wants to Restrict Brand

| June 12, 2020

In a bit of bad news for you superhero fans, Forbes.com writes that the creator of “The Punisher” wants to restrict the use of the image and not allow cops and fringe groups to wear it.

The Creator Of ‘The Punisher’ Wants To Reclaim The Iconic Skull From Police And Fringe Admirers

Police and military personnel have adopted the Marvel character The Punisher’s iconic skull as a symbol of force in recent years—but the character’s creator, Gerry Conway, told Forbes that the character was never meant to symbolize oppression, and he now hopes to reshape The Punisher for this moment in history.

You may recall that US Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle wore the symbol quite frequently.


One could even make a case that the symbol was associated with Kyle.  It even appeared in the film “American Sniper” which was about Chris Kyle.

Police officers, other military, Fox News host Sean Hannity and some believers of the QAnon conspiracy theory also became fans, and some law enforcement officers were spotted wearing the logo at the recent protests sparked by George Floyd’s death—but Conway says their usage of the logo enrages and embarrasses him.

It is not clear if the military would be prohibited from wearing it.  I guess one could always have it on a t-shirt that is covered up.

So, for many of you that may be wondering – your Punisher-themed UnderRoos may be safe for now.


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  1. Fyrfighter says:

    Seems to me that when you offer a product for sale, people who buy that product can wear it as they see fit (of course employers, etc can limit that).
    In many cases, commercial use of an image / brand can be limited through copyright and other laws, but as far as I know, when that image is licensed for use on patches, shirt, etc. that artists control over who wears it and when (again, outside of commercial instances) is over. In this current climate of stupidity, he might have some luck convincing cities / police departments/ possibly some military leaders to ban use of the “Punisher” logo, but as far as having a say in individuals wearing it, I imagine he’d have better success trying to piss up a rope…

  2. 5th/77th FA says:

    Gonna just throw away the biggest portion of your customer base? Good luck paying the light bill on what you gonna sell to cosplayers at comic con.

  3. The Whitey says:

    Oh, for Christ’s sake…

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    I thought the first “Punisher” movie was good. Actors threw themselves into it, no punches were pulled, and then someone got the bright idea to do sequels, which stunk. Bright ideas always wreck the original idea.

    Just flogging that Punisher icon everywhere makes it lose its real meaning, which was revenge. I particularly like the parking lot scene where all those cars were aflame in the Punisher symbol

    This business of spreading it everywhere means that the people who flaunt it have no idea what the story was really about. Just plain stoopid.

    • The Other Whitey says:

      The Netflix show with Jon Bernthal was pretty decent, too. His introduction in “Daredevil” made it pretty clear that he was the only superhero whose method actually worked.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      “Not Revenge ….. Punishment.”

    • Sapper3307 says:

      The Dolph Lundgren one, nope it did not work for me. I was expecting a battle van not a Harley in a sewer.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      No, no, no! The 2004 “Punisher” with Thomas Jane in the lead role was the one I was referring to.

      Travolta was the Really Bad Evil Guy who threw his girlfriend onto the train tracks in front of an on coming freight train.

      The earlier one with Dolph Lundgren – didn’t see it, don’t want to. That would be like having an English actor play Artemio Cruz in ‘La Muerte de Artemio Cruz’. Just don’t work for me.

  5. SFC D says:

    Just don’t make me give up my “Deadpool” patch.

    • The Other Whitey says:

      “Yeah, those cockmongers are all bitchy about copyrights, but who fucking cares? They like their pussy touchy-feely superheroes who don’t kill the bad guys. And then those same ballsack-fondlers came up with me, had me shoot a bunch of fuckers, stab a bunch more fuckers, and make weird gay jokes about Cable so they could make more money off all the fans who actually like seeing their heroes kill the evil motherfuckers with the sick and twisted plans and don’t actually care about these assholes’ feelings. So you’re probably okay if you don’t give a hamster’s snatch what they think.”


      • Fyrfighter says:

        I have not seen that before, but it is truly epic!

        Thanks TOW!

        • The Other Whitey says:

          “What would Deadpool do?”

          • 11B-Mailclerk says:

            “What -wouldn’t- Deadpool do?”

            Fixed it for you.

            • The Other Whitey says:

              It’s times like this that I really appreciate Warhammer 40K. Especially if you get your 40k lore from 1d4Chan (not to be confused with 4Chan) and “If The Emperor Had a Text-To-Speech Device” on YouTube. No fucks given.

              • 11B-Mailclerk says:

                Reminds me of that orange parade float. Something along the lines of “make the Empire great again” or somesuch. Might have been thread somewhere on this forum.

                For an expensive collection of time consuming dust-traps, I much prefer Lego. Easily recycled into new dust traps, good resale value, good secondhand gift value, and there are even “miniature wargames” rules available if dust-trap combat utility is desired. (Brikwars)

  6. Mason says:

    So this jackass fuck wad thinks the police and military are oppressive. Let’s staple a flag to his ass and mail him to Iran. Then he can see what “oppression” means.

    Get woke, go broke. Fuck him and his character.

    • Blaster says:

      Preach it brother! Hell yeah!!!!

      If you want to hurt a hollywierdo or politician, it’s in the wallet. Not in the pride, honor or heart. They have none.

  7. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    They had Captain America go Hydra.

    Nuff said

  8. Graybeard says:

    So, I need to go buy Punisher morale patches now?

    Before they quit making them?

    Or is this a reverse psychology ploy to sell more patches?

  9. Sapper3307 says:

    My bike group got the word on this last year, no more coins, poker chips or patch’s with “that skull (TM)”.
    P.S I own a copy of the punisher’s first appearance TASM#129 & I kept a punisher logo t-shirt I my duffle bag for 23 years on deployments.

  10. Roh-Dog says:

    Fair Use is a mother fucker.
    PROVE it assholes!
    Oh, and ‘punish-er deez nutz!’

    (Sorry to offended, alcohol is involved…)

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      I see you’re making rather merry, celebrating your FIRST on the coveted EARNED NEVER AWARDED TAH Friday Weekend Open Thread FIRST!

      Don’t get cocky with the GF, ASK her to make you another drink, DON’T slap her buttock and tell her to fetch “another one!”

      Too bad we aren’t snacking on some of the Worlds Best Grilled Crab Cakes right about now. If we only had that recipe. sigh 🙁

      • Roh-Dog says:

        FIRSTly, I don’t have to ask the GF for a drink. If I’m on the gas and she sees my drinkfist empty, she brings mees another. (Props, kudos and RESPECTS to that poor woman, having to deal wit the likes o’ me).

        But back to the topic at hand, who, pray tell, is the keeper of this “Worlds Best Crab Cakes” recipe?
        I have power tools and will travel to extract such informations.

        • 5th/77th FA says:

          Check out the author of the Fridays Recipe for a real strong hint. Scroll thru to see the requirements for the procurement thereof. The struggle is real.

          Damn things are off the chain. They will make a puppy pull a freight train. Last time I had some I put the plate on top of my head and my tongue beat my brains out trying to get to them.


          • Roh-Dog says:

            I done vidi’ed.
            That gravity defiling Navy guy is hol’ing out!
            I know how to make this happen:
            -cheap motel, end room, no one next door
            -chair with lashings
            -a bedsheet or other appropriate screen-type surface
            -a movie that shall not be named.

            It’s a done deal, my Arty Brother.
            Army will beat Navy, as need be!

            • 5th/77th FA says:

              Gotcha Brother damyanky. Mums the word. Imma loading the grill wid hickory, oak, and a bit of green pecan wood. I gots seseech ‘baccy iffen y’alls got real coffey. Some real smooth Apple Jack and Peach Brandy too.

              The chair is against the door. I say again…The table has legs.

              • Roh-Dog says:

                And I got peeluntee of duct tape.
                Pass that peach for me, Reb?

                • 5th/77th FA says:

                  Proudly will. Somebody needs to help me out. This dog is biting hell out of me. Good thing the new crop is coming in, this is the last of the last. My man that kept me supplied, a Brother and one of my Former FIRST Sergeants passed away on 25 June of ’19. Cooked up a big batch every year up in the mountains north of Gainesville. His nephews are supposed to be taking up the “Family Tradition.” Continue to Rest in Peace “Barefoot James!” You were as good a Man as ever tore a cartridge.

    • David says:

      Well, on one side you have Watterson getting royally ripped off for his Calvin (he never licensed it, all those Calvin decals etc. are pirated). But once you license and sell patches, shirts and such to the general public, you have lost control.

  11. James H. says:

    I think they’ll have a problem with limiting how it’s worn as long as it’s purchased legally. If there’s some legal actions take, the fun will begin when it’s association will be with the homeless dumpster divers because that’s where mine is going.

    Edited to protect your PII.

  12. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    I seem to recall from a business law 101 class that if one doesn’t protect a trademark vigorously and continuously, it can effectively become moot and “generic”, thus not enforceable. The hazard is “hey, free publicity” becoming “hey! -bad- publicity! No!” with no recourse.

    Caution. One’s “eh, I don’t care” will someday be repeated by a judge.

    • DavidatWork17 says:

      Hard to trademark a plain, white skull. DC ran into the same thing years ago when they tried to trademark the plain black Batman symbol. That’s the only reason the symbol got a yellow circle in the 60s.

  13. Milo Mindbender says:

    Loss of trademark isn’t a new concept. The Klan co opted the battleflag of the Northern Army of Virginia, from the sons and daughters of Confederate Veteran groups. Because they didn’t disassociate their emblem from the Klan activities they lost control of the symbols and cannot disavow anything done with the Confederate symbols.
    The owner of the “Punisher” trademark suffers from the same dilution and loss of control, sorts sucks to be them.

  14. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    So, when do the SJW idiots turn “the Punisher” into “the FannySlapper” or “the ProleDidact” ?

    Or some other weird/pervy mis-version?

  15. JohnB says:

    Cops shouldn’t be wearing such a symbol. A death’s head, really? It’s an example of the militarization of police that is a large part of the problem in this country.