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Word Balloons: 'Punisher' artist to make SoonerCon appearance

Artist has also drawn ‘Ghost Rider,' ‘Wolverine'
by Matthew Price Modified: June 27, 2013 at 6:09 pm •  Published: June 28, 2013

Artist Mark Texeira is known for drawing hard-edged anti-heroes like the Punisher, Wolverine and Ghost Rider. The gritty, urban feel of his drawings has made “Tex” a fan-favorite.

Texiera will appear at this year's SoonerCon in Midwest City this weekend.

The artist first broke into comics in the early 1980s, and has since drawn for publishers, including Marvel, DC Comics, Image, Harris and Continuity.

His most recent projects include the miniseries “Punisher: Nightmare” and “Space Punisher” for Marvel Comics, both now available in trade paperback.

“Space: Punisher” follows an alternate version of Frank Castle crusading against criminals in space.

“Frank relates to all of mankind's basic need for righting a wrong,” Texeira said at “The elements would work in any environment; water worlds, desert worlds, jungle worlds, and so on.”

“Space: Punisher” features alternate versions of many Marvel heroes and villains, designed by Texiera.

The Punisher is earthbound again in “Punisher: Nightmare,” in a story that echoes the origins of Frank Castle.

“Punisher: Nightmare” was written by Scott M. Gimple, who co-wrote the film “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” and in January was named the showrunner of the popular cable program “The Walking Dead.”

“Nightmare” features the Punisher coming to the aid of a returning soldier whose family is killed, a story that closely mirrors that of Frank Castle himself. Along the way, he faces off against Johnny Nightmare, a psychotic villain with supernatural powers of recuperation.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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