Appearing in "Delusions"Edit
- Punisher (Origin revealed)
- Jean DeWolff
- J. Jonah Jameson
- Joe Robertson
- Ben Urich
- Glory Grant
- Blake Tower
- Hobgoblin (Only in flashback)
- Dr. Octopus (Only in flashback)
- Owl (Only in flashback)
- Betty Brant (Only in flashback)
- Gwen Stacy (Only in flashback)
- Mary Jane Watson (Only in flashback)
- Kingpin (Only in flashback)
- Vulture (Only in flashback)
- Electro (Only in flashback)
- Kraven the Hunter (Only in flashback)
- Boomerang (Only in flashback)
- Elizabeth Castle (Photo)
- Lisa Castle (Photo)
- Frank Castle Jr. (Photo)
- Daredevil (Photo)
- Goblin Glider (Only in flashback)
Synopsis for "Delusions"Edit
Out on the prowl again after weeks of recovery, the Black Cat rescues a stray kitten from a pack of alley cats. When the kitten sucks up to her, Felicia decides to keep it for herself before passing out due to her still being weak from her injuries. Spider-Man meanwhile has tracked down a counterfeit credit card ring. After smashing up the operation Jean DeWolff and he men take over and arrest the crooks. Spider-Man leaves the scene to go rendezvous with the Black Cat at the hospital, leaving Jean DeWolff wondering to herself if Spider-Man would ever call on her if he left the Black Cat.
Swinging across the city, Spider-Man mulls over his recent encounters with the Hobgoblin knowing that the villain had common crook Lefty Donovan pose as him and die to make everyone think the Hobgoblin is dead. His thoughts then turn to the Punisher who is being arraigned in court today making work for Peter Parker in the way of photographs for the Daily Bugle. Arriving at the hospital, Spider-Man is shocked to find that Felicia is not there and fears that she may have been attacked by one of his foes. When she returns moments later, Spider-Man is furious that she went out in her Black Cat costume, feeling that she broke her promise never to be the Black Cat again. She tells Spider-Man she promised to go straight, not stop going about in her costumed identity. Spider-Man, fearful that Felicia might get hurt again if she gets into costumed adventuring needs time to think and leaves.
Later at the Daily Bugle, Peter Parker meets with J. Jonah Jameson, Joe Robertson, Ben Urich and Glory Grant to prep for the Punisher's arrangement later that day. Ben pulls out all the files they have on the Punisher and go over his history: The file explains that the man who is the Punisher is Frank Castle, a former Viet Nam veteran who became a police officer after the conflict. After his entire family was murdered by mobsters he took on the identity of the Punisher to get revenge on all criminals for his innocent families deaths. He had since clashed with the likes of Spider-Man and Daredevil while operating outside of the law. With the report read, Jameson goes off on another triad about costumed menaces and asks his staff to consider when other costumed vigilantes like Spider-Man may snap, a suggestion that shakes Peter to his core.
Later at the arrangement for the Punisher, District Attorney Blake Tower tells the court that he believes that Castle should be tried for all of his crimes as he willingly committed them. However, the defense argues that since the murder of his family Frank Castle has gone completely mad and needs to be institutionalized. Upon hearing this, Frank refuses to believe that he is mad and lashes out, telling the judge that the entire system is crazy for letting criminals walk the street before collapsing in a nervous breakdown.
As they are lead away, Peter begins to wonder if this is his fate if he continues operating as Spider-Man.
The Punisher next appears in Punisher #1
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