Top 5 Punisher’s Lowest Print Runs
The Punisher holds a special place in the Marvel universe: it's considered a well beloved character, but it seems that his comics don't sell all that well. Marvel has literally tried everything, but the market doesn't seem willing to support a character that at a time had 3 regular series. Since then he died, became an angel, came back, punched a polar bear, laughed at super-heroes, left the Marvel Universe, came back, left again and came back to stay, dying a couple of times on the way.
Yesterday, we got a first glimpse of him on Daredevil's trailer for his second season, so are we looking at a possible return to the public eye for this character? Just in case, it's time to look at some undersellers …
SPACE PUNISHER #4
UNTOLD TALES OF PUNISHER MAX #5
PUNISHER: IN THE BLOOD #5
PUNISHER: NIGHTMARE #5
PUNISHER (2014) #16
DAREDEVIL vs PUNISHER #6
Print run: 22,811
The trailer hit yesterday and it seems like the Punisher is going to be a big part of Daredevil's 2nd season, possibly making people pay attention to their crossovers in comics. The last issue has the lowest print run of the bunch, and almost half of the first issue's (38,310).
PUNISHER MAX SERIES & ONE-SHOTS
Print run: all over the place
Joining the aforementioned Untold Tales of Punisher Max, the MAX imprint gave us a lot of other underselling one-shots: Tiny Ugly World (15,071), Hot Rods Of Death (16,113), Butterfly (16,164) or Get Castle (18,195) are the ones with the lowest selling numbers, as Marvel burnt through their fill-in inventory.
On the head-scratching department, Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon's series started low (29,106) and sunk even lower by the end (17,738). If those two names can't make the Punisher sell, who can?