When this series first came out, it was a big deal. Punisher was about to become one of the most popular characters ever and there was a lot of buzz surrounding his first solo story.
The covers produced by MIKE ZECK were fabulous and only added to the hype. MIKE ZECK did all the covers and the interior art, but for some reason MIKE VOSBURG did the interiors for issue #5.
When the issues came out, they sold very well and prices on the back issues were through the roof.
Doing a search on eBay will allow you find these for under $10 bucks. However, before the internet showed up, issue one used to sell for a minimum of $35.
The story itself was pretty sweet back then. Today, it doesn't hold up as well but it's still pretty good.
Punisher is in prison. Jigsaw is locked up with him. Punisher beats down everyone who tries to mess with him.
After foiling an escape the warden offers him a deal. "Join up with an organization known as THE TRUST and you can wage war against crime with unlimited resources."
Punny begins killing mob bosses and gang wars form all over the city.
He starts to get upset when other people start dressing like the Punisher and begin their own killing sprees.
As Frank Castle begins to do some detective work he finds out that THE TRUST as been brainwashing criminals and making them think they are the Punisher or something.
Punisher starts killing the other Punishers and finally finds the head of the TRUST.
After a dog is sicced on Punisher, he punches it in the face in mid-air. Rather than killing the head of the Trust, Frank Castle makes him call every newspaper starting with Ben Urich at the Bugle, to confess everything he been doing.
Frank leaves the scene and the dog follows as he likes him better than his old master. Thus we are left with a great 1980's TV show: "CASTLE and the CANINE".