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"I've said before that Frank and I were bound to run into each other sooner or later. Initially I stayed clear of Punisher comics due to the unfortunate appearance of superhero characters every few issues, but eventually I began to see the possibilities. When Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti asked Steve Dillon and I to have a go, back in 1998 or whenever, we were able to have quite a lot of fun - and the stories made a big enough impact that both our careers benefited hugely.

That said, I don't think I really hit my stride with the Punisher until the MAX series. In a nutshell, after 9/11 I found myself looking at the title in a different way: I suddenly saw in it a means of examining the kind of corruption, violence, and evil in the world that led to that dreadful day. That doesn't mean the specifics of the attacks, but the kind of world that ours had turned out to be. And that's something that's influenced most of my Punisher work since, from Born through to Valley Forge, Valley Forge and on to Frank's appearance in My War Gone By. And now The Platoon.

For someone like myself, with no interest in costumed superheroes, Frank is something of a godsend: a mainstream character that you can write in (more or less) the real world. The only others I can think of are Nick Fury and John Constantine, and even with them you have to be careful of what you include or ignore."

- Garth Ennis

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