For decades Marvel’s The Punisher skull symbol became synonymous with fades being handed out to the bad guys. And though white supremacists and police tried to commandeer the logo for themselves, the Punisher’s co-creator is making sure that will no longer be the case.
Huff Post is reporting that Punisher co-creator Gerry Conway was fed up with law enforcement rocking the emblem that he helped create and has decided to kickstart Skulls For Justice which features shirts with his famous Punisher skull logo with “Black Lives Matter” and “Say Her Name” printed alongside of it.
For too long, symbols associated with a character I co-created have been co-opted by forces of oppression and to intimidate black Americans. This character and symbol was never intended as a symbol of oppression. This is a symbol of a systematic failure of equal justice. It’s time to claim this symbol for the cause of equal justice and Black Lives Matter.
Tell ’em why you mad, son! Tell ’em why you mad!
Having already sold more than a thousand pieces altogether, the new Skulls For Justice shirts are bound to be a big hit amongst comic book fans and Black Lives Matter supporters. Alt-Right nationalists though? Not so much.
In a series of tweets, Conway continued to explain why he decided to start the project and reminding everyone that new shirts are on the way.
Yeah, that MAGA crowd ain’t going to be too happy about this. Won’t be surprised if his comments are filled with hate and death threats going forward. They’re a real sensitive bunch.
Still though big props to Mr. Conway for taking such steps to make sure that his work is no longer affiliated with oppression and instead used to encourage equality and justice.