Back in 1986, Marvel was celebrating 25 years of comics. Jim Shooter (Editor In Chief at Marvel) decided he wanted to do something special to commemorate Marvel comics so he and a few other writers and artist put their heads together and created the Marvel New Universe.
The New Universe would be different than the existing one. It would be even more realistic. Actions would have consequences and it would not rely on Myth, hidden alien races and supertechnology to tell a story.
One of the launch titles in the NU would be D. P. 7 which stands for Displaced Paranormals 7
(From left to right: DP7 premier issue, the great Wampus cover of issue 4, the final issue of a 32 issue miniseries – hilarious and the cover to the trade)
DP7 was written by Mark Gruenwald with art by Paul Ryan. Since this universe cannot have mutants, they would get paranormals – a small group of the population would receive powers thanks a world event called The White Event.
I read some of the original DP7 comics back in the day but Jon has never seen them. I picked up the Trade Paper Back called DP7 Classic which collected the first 9 issues and thought it would be a great, goofy ride of nostalgia and I was right.
I teased that we will be reviewing a Punisher story this week. We decided to go back to his 1986 roots and review the 1st Punisher mini-series which will be later be collected and known as Punisher: Circle of Blood.
One of the things that make this mini-series great was Mike Zeck‘s artwork. His distinctive style will always be associated to the Punisher character. Most of the artwork from this series has been used on merchandise like posters, shirts, packaging, etc. In fact, here are some of the covers of the mini-series and a page from the interior work. You probably have seen this reproduced on other merch:
The other part that makes this a great story is the writer, Steven Grant. He started writing while working at Marvel and this was one of his first stories. He started strong with this series and would continue to write other Marvel titles like the Avengers and The Incredible Hulk.
Jon and I talk about what real world events influenced the creation of the Punisher and also where did the did he come from and who actually created the character.
We hope to talk about more Punisher stories in the near future.