I was re-reading the 1985 PUNISHER mini-series "Circle of Blood". It was a pretty good read, but not as good as I remember it. The Mike Zeck covers are the best thing about the series. Issue #1 is the one that stands out as Punisher is in prison, tangles with Jigsaw, and is made an offer by THE TRUST.
The rest of the series is pretty good but, after finishing it I am contemplating putting them up on eBay. The only thing keeping me from selling them are the Zeck covers. They are so cool. I stare at them for long periods at a time.
As I was finishing up the final issue, I saw this Captain America ad, "THE HUNT FOR SCOURGE". I was reminded of that storyline and remembered how much I loved it.
I didn't know about it at the time but apparently Marvel decided they wanted to thin out all the villains. What better way to reduce the amount of bad guys congesting the MARVEL U, than create a new bad guy that begins killing them all off.
When Scourge first started his rampage, there was a lot of mystery surrounding the character. He first appeared in IRON MAN #194 but most of his storyline took place in CAPTAIN AMERICA.
I remember fans trying to figure out who exactly Scourge was. Some speculated that it was the PUNISHER using a new guise. That would have been better than what was ultimately decided upon.
If I remember correctly Scourge was not one person but part of an organization. I was disappointed that it wasn't just one guy who was bad to the bone but, rather multiple men using the same moniker.
Regardless of the merit of story, something about Scourge has remained with me my entire life since.
When ever Scourge would deal death to a B-level villain, the sound effect from his gun was ... really cool!!!