I Love The Punisher (And his guitar, too).


I love The Punisher.
I’ll say it again. I love The Punisher. Especially this version of The Punisher. Portrayed and perfected by Jon Bernthal who appeared as Shane Walsh in The Walking Dead and in various movies such as Sicario and Sweet Virginia.
He is what I call the real Punisher who puts all incarnations of The Punisher to shame and makes me want to disregard every Marvel Character known and most of Punisher’s incarnates that appeared in comics, film, and cartoons over the years and focus solely on Jon Bernthal’s version of Frank Castle (or should I say Pete Castiglione), the Max version, and the harpist version (my own).
One of the major things I truly love about Jon Bernthal’s version of Frank Castle is that he plays guitar. Especially this guitar!

More of The Most Sweetest Punisher scene on earth.

More of The Most Sweetest Punisher scene on earth.

I’d really love to see him play the harp, too.
Finding out that The Punisher plays guitar in the show got me so excited and pumped up for the show that I admit I sometimes get carried away. Still, I maintain a good composure enough to see the very first Punisher guitar scene at the intro to the show.
Sweetest. Punisher. Flashback. Ever.

Sweetest. Punisher. Flashback. Ever.

Sweetest. Guitar. Playing. Ever.

Sweetest. Guitar. Playing. Ever.

While I was firing the Netflix machine, I discovered that Punisher will be seen playing guitar in the Kandahar episode.
Pluck. Pluck. Ping.

Pluck. Pluck. Ping.

Frank’s strumming his yellow guitar while stationing in Kandahar.

Frank’s strumming his yellow guitar on his bunk bed right next to Billy’s.

Unfortunately, I got turned off by the scene where Billy and Dinah were engaging the yucky sex. That killed my plans to binge watch Punisher. So I went and read all of the spoiler posts from Tumblr and discovered that there is another guitar scene ( 😀 ) found in the show. This time we discovered that Micro was trying to play an out-of-tune guitar in a black finish and was having a hard time at it at first. But then he eventually got really good at it a few episodes later. That’s because Frank was encouraging him to try again by explaining that it takes a whole lot of dedication to learn how to play the guitar. This is just as it takes a whole lot of dedication and lots of practice for me, myself, and I to learn how to play the harp and master it very well.
Micro and his guitar.

Even Micro can play guitar, too.

A few months ago I bought this small guitar from a thrift store and got new strings for it at a local guitar store located right down the road from where I live.

My guitar. Not as big as Frank’s guitar but plays just as good as Frank’s.

It’s a small size guitar suitable for a small child. It has six strings and a short neck, a few bumps and nicks along the side in one spot with a nick on the top right edge. Has a great tone, but I find it a little challenging to properly fret the strings while strumming them and tune up the guitar to the right tone. I had to look up on the internet to find out how to properly tune the guitar. Still, it’s a great guitar that I can just play for fun while saving some serious string strumming for the harp which I can play and tune with no problem.

Punisher strumming Micro’s black guitar that appears to be out of tune.

In one episode, Frank was telling Micro a story of how he first met his wife while learning how to play guitar underneath a tree.

Frank: “You always have a guitar on deployment. Sit around, you know… You got time to, uh, you know, learn new songs, come up with new [tunes]. That’s how I met my wife. It was at a park on a sunny day. I was there with my guitar. I was sitting under the tree like a derelict. I’m trying to learn this new song. Strumming. Struggling away with it. I’m singing out loud like an [idiot], you know? Then I see her. She smiled at me. I was done, man. She had me. She says to me, ‘Hey buddy, you know anything else? Because we’re sick of hearing you butcher this one.’ I got beet red. I look up and see this gang of her friends. They’re all laughing their [butts] off.”
Micro: “So you beat the [crap] out of them?”
Frank: “No, [moron]. I didn’t. I told her I didn’t do requests. If she wanted one, it’s was going to cost her.”

Over time, Frank got better at guitar just as Micro will get better at it when he puts his heart and soul into it like Frank did. Micro probably decided to try guitar think that if Frank can do it, so can Micro.
Who knows? Maybe in Season 2 of Punisher, Punisher and Micro will do a guitar duet together in one very funny scene. Perhaps Punisher will decide to take up the harp and learn how to play some tunes on it, just like he did with the guitar. It would be an awesome sight to see in Season 2 of Punisher if Steve Lightfoot and the cast and crew of Punisher create a moving, touching scene where we see The Punisher, that “scary beautiful man,” actually play the harp and do a musical performance where he dedicates his harp playing and music to his late family and do a song for Karen who I hope to see again in Season 2 of Punisher if she survives Season 3 of Daredevil.


Sherry Konkus

Sherry Konkus lives in Owosso, MI. She is the proud owner of the Camac Athena EX Concert Grand Harp named "Grover" and Camac Mademoiselle named "Ernie." She's also the proud author of The Punisher Harp Zone. Sherry is the one who came up with the idea of portraying The Punisher from Marvel Comics as the punishing harpist who plays the harp in memory of his family who was killed by the mob years ago.