JIGSAW

Real Name: William "Billy" Russo

Identity/Class: Human (mobster)

Occupation: Professional criminal

Group Membership: None;
    formerly
Thunderbolts (Citizen V/Baron (Helmut) Zemo, Fixer/Norbert Ebersol, Ghost, Moonstone/Karla Sofen, Radioactive Man/Lu Chen)
    formerly Hood's army,
    formerly led a gang of criminals

Affiliations: Tanya Adrian, Ian Amsterdam, Baron (Helmut) Zemo, Turk Barrett, Bulldozer (Henry Camp), Captain America (Steve Rogers), Chameleon (Dmitiri Smerdyakov), Rampage (Stuart Clarke), Crime-Master, Crossbones (Brock Rumlow), Sarah Dewey, Fancy Dan (Daniel Brito), Ghost, Gladiator (Melvin Potter), Griffin (Johnny Horton), Grotto, Hammerhead (Joseph), Hydra, Janus Jardeesh, Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), Lady Bullseye, Lenny, Maggia (formerly employed by the Costa family; particularly favored by Bruno Costa), Microchip (Linus Lieberman), Piledriver (Brian Calusky), Ox (Raymond Bloch), Sandy, Taskmaster (Tony Masters), Tombstone (Lonnie Lincoln), James Wesley, White Rabbit (Lorina Dodson);
    love-hate relationship with
Henry Russo;
    possibly Olivier;
    formerly Belasco,
Don Carlo Cervello, the Cubes, Diego, Firefox, Gregario, Hachiman, Hand (including Illumination, Lady Gorgon & Silhouette), Nubian Nation, the Rev, Tombstone;
    brainwashed agent of the Trust;
   tricked into an alliance by undercover agent Lynn Michaels;
    formerly Sandy;

Enemies: Joy Adams, Liz Allan, Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), Robert Braithwaite, Luke Cage, James Choi, Rachel Cole-Alves, Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Domino (Neena Thurman), Doombots, Francone family, Nick Fury II, Dominic + Joey + Leslie + Mary Rose Geraci, Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch), Francis McNeil Grady, Joseph Allen Grady, Michael Patrick Grady, Guardsmen, Ryan Gudmundsdottir, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Maurice Howles, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Iron Man (Victor von Doom), Javelynn, Jeffords, Det. John Laviano, Betty Brant Leeds, Mike McTeer, Lynn Michaels, Moon Knight (Marc Spector), Tom Nicholls, Night Thrasher (Dwayne Taylor), Old Man Logan (James Howlett), Harry Osborn, Skrulls, the Pegs, Punisher (Castle), Quake (Daisy Johnson), Rhino, Sandy, Silver Sable (Silver Sablinova), Sister Mercy, Skottie, Spider-Man (Parker), Star-Lord (Peter Quill), Eugene "Flash" Thompson, Ben Urich, War Machine (James Rhodes), Mary Jane Watson, Winter Soldier (James Barnes);
    formerly
Stuart Clarke;
    love-hate relationship with
Henry Russo;

Known Relatives: Henry Russo (son), father (name unrevealed)

Aliases: Billy the Beaut, Jigsaw Punisher, Paladin, Punisher

Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York

First Appearance: (BTS) Amazing Spider-Man I#161 (October, 1976);
    (full) Amazing Spider-Man I#162 (November, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Jigsaw has no superhuman powers, but is a skilled street fighter, specializing in the use of various forms of guns and knives. He formerly wore a strength-enhancing exoskeleton.

    He has led small armies of criminals on several occasions.

Height: 6'2"           
Weight
: 250 lbs.
Eyes
: Blue                 
Hair
: Black

Distinguishing Features: Jigsaw's face is extensively scarred.

History: (Punisher VIII#9 (fb) - BTS) - When Billy Russo was ten years old, his father kicked him out of the house for believing in Santa Claus, and told him to learn to fend for himself.

(Punisher: Year One#3 (fb) - BTS) - Billy the Beaut was employed as a mob assassin for the Costa family of the Maggia, though he was also known for his stunning good looks.

(Punisher VIII#9 (fb) - BTS) - Years ago, Billy fathered a child with Sandy, and she had Henry. Billy would occasionally visit Sandy and Henry over the years.

(Punisher: Year One#3) - In order to clean up the mess that had steamrolled since the execution of Forrest Hunt, Frank Costa sent in Billy the Beaut. Billy first killed Maurice Howles, who had failed in an attempt to kill Castle while in the hospital, drawing even more attention to the case. Billy then killed McTeer, a reporter who was working with Castle in an investigation of his family's deaths. Billy finished his job by planting a bomb in Castle's house, but in the process he trampled Castle's wife's flowerbed, which the former marine noticed, enabling him to get out of range before the explosion.

(Punisher: Year One#4) - Castle, first donning his Punisher costume, convinced Detective John Laviano to give him access to the files on his family's murders and related cases. Castle started off his mission by targeting Billy Russo, invading a mob party at Salvagno's. Following up a series of explosions, Castle killed several criminals before confronting Russo. Seeking to send a message to the Costas, Castle did not kill Russo, but instead kicked him face first through a plate glass window on the second floor.

BTS - Russo survived, but his face was horribly scarred, with the suture pattern giving him the appearance of a jigsaw puzzle, from which he took the codename Jigsaw.

(Punisher VIII#9 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw approved Henry getting a cat.

(Punisher: In the Blood I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw would often come home to Sandy, ranting about the Punisher and breaking things. One day when Sandy agreed with Jigsaw that the Punisher was terrible, Jigsaw began beating Sandy regularly, and sometimes Henry when he got in the middle, trying to protect his mother. Jigsaw came close to killing Sandy at least once.

(Punisher VIII#9) - On one visit to Sandy's home, Jigsaw discovered that Henry's cat had kittens. He hit Henry, then held a gun to Sandy's head, saying he would kill her if Henry didn't drown the kittens, so Henry did so.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#161 - BTS, 162) - Jigsaw, having set himself as a leader of a gang, outfitted his men with masks and began committing a series of murders to lure the Punisher back to New York. Amongst those killed was Eric Hoffman, a friend of the mutant Nightcrawler, drawing both he and Spider-Man after him. The Punisher did join those two in searching for the killers, but Jigsaw's men captured Spider-Man and Jigsaw used him as a hostage to draw out the Punisher. However, Spidey broke free, and he, Nightcrawler, and the Punisher began to weed through his agents. Jigsaw panicked and fled in a purloined fire engine, but Spidey wrapped him up in the fire hose and knocked him out.
    Jigsaw and his men were left for the police

(Amazing Spider-Man I#188) - Somehow again free, Jigsaw was goaded by his men--no longer costumed--into action, but he made every effort to perform crimes that would not attract any of those "super types." They hijacked a Checkerboard Line's midnight cruise on the East River, but Peter Parker happened to be present on that cruise. As Spider-Man, Parker took out several of Jigsaw's men, until Jigsaw took Liz Allan and Harry OSborn hostage to force him to back off, enabling the criminal and his men to escape. Jigsaw released his hostages after making it back to the city, but Spidey had tracked them with a Spider-Tracer he'd planted on Osborn and soon caught up with Jigsaw. Spidey cornered the criminal and managed to stare him down and force him to surrender without a single punch.
    Jigsaw was again taken away by the cops.

(Punisher I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Within Ryker's Island prison, Jigsaw quickly established himself as a leader amongst the criminals, as well as establishing a number of prison guards under his employment.

(Punisher I#1) - When the Punisher was sent to Ryker's Island (his third stay), Jigsaw had Castle led to him and then ordered his men to hold him while he tried to give Castle a face to match his own. Castle broke free and dropped Jigsaw, who then ordered his men to kill the Punisher. Don Cervello, another prisoner with pull, stopped this, to prevent a murder from drawing attention to their escape plans.
    Castle--despite the efforts of Cervello--later interfered with their escape plans, and Cervello and Jigsaw managed to take the warden hostage to try to force Castle to let them go. Castle surrendered his gun to them, but packed it full of oversized bullets, so that it blew up in Jigsaw's hand when he fired it at him. Jigsaw was reimprisoned after Cervello surrendered to Castle.

(Punisher I#4) - Jigsaw was brainwashed by the Trust into becoming one of their Punisher Squad, outfitted in a Punisher costume. However, when confronted by the real Punisher, his conditioning began to break down. He told the rest of the Punisher Squad to stay back and he attacked Castle, who managed to escape him.

(Punisher I#5) - While going after Alaric, the head of the Trust, the Punisher again ran into Jigsaw and fought him. Jigsaw got the jump on Castle and knocked him to the ground, but Castle stabbed him in the leg and then beat him senseless. Castle took Jigsaw's gun and prepared to kill him, but thought that he might consider a less lethal brand of punishment and left him for the authorities.

(Punisher II#35 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw was let out of prison by the Rev, who convinced him to join with him in exchange for a promise of healing his face. Jigsaw worked with him in their plot to amass a large amount of a sterilization drug from the Piña flower. Jigsaw assumed that this was for the purpose of extortion, whereas the Rev wanted to use it, literally, to sterilize a large portion of the population.

(Punisher II#35) - While transporting a large shipment of the processed sterilization drug, Jigsaw's path crossed with the Punisher, who thought he was tracking down a cocaine shipment. Not wanting the Punisher to die easily, Jigsaw stopped his allies from shooting at him, allowing him to escape and destroy the shipment in the process. The Rev punished Jigsaw for losing the shipment by slashing his face open, but then healed that fresh wound.
    Curious about the Rev's power, Jigsaw followed him to a suburb in West Chester and watched as he slaughtered an innocent family for his lord, "Lucifer" (actually Belasco). Jigsaw was discovered by the police, but shot his way through them and fled, but was seen on the road by the Punisher while escaping.

(Punisher II#36) - Jigsaw got into a shootout with the Punisher, but was knocked off the road when one of his bullets hit an oil truck. He then ended up in the Bronx, where he joined with a street gang called the Cubes against their rivals, the Pegs. Jigsaw supplied weapons and ordinance, and they helped him against the Punisher. However, Castle fought them off, and Jigsaw fled once again, linking back up with the Rev, who took him to Venezuela to harvest more Piña .

(Punisher II#37) - In the Rev's temple, Jigsaw exposed one of his workers who had been stealing and selling the Piña, and then killed the man at the Rev's command. The Punisher tracked them to Venezuela and linked up with a guide, Joy Adams, but Jigsaw learned of his arrival and confronted the pair out in the jungle.

(Punisher II#38) - Joy used her horse to distract Jigsaw and she and Castle escaped from him. Jigsaw linked up with Diego of the Medellin drug cartel, who also had a reason to hate the Punisher. Diego's men flushed out Castle, but then turned on Jigsaw, who slew them. Castle was wounded fighting Diego's men, and then knocked out by a bazooka blast from Jigsaw. After stabbing Castle a few times, Jigsaw took Joy and left him for dead.

(Punisher II#39) - Jigsaw brought Joy to the Rev, but after seeing the Rev regrow his own foot after cutting it off in a ritual for "Lucifer," he lost patience and held the Rev at gunpoint, forcing him to heal his face. He did, but the Punisher then arrived and shot Jigsaw dead.

(Punisher II#40) - Under the direction of Belasco, the Rev resurrected Jigsaw and sent him after Castle as a contest to see which of them would earn the right to serve the Rev (not that Castle was interested in doing that...). Jigsaw tried to take him out from a distance with his bazooka, but Castle had set up an ambush for him and he and Joy shot his weapons out of his hands. Castle then broke his arm, punched him out, and beat his face repeatedly against a yucca plant, lacerating it as badly as it had ever been. Castle then left Jigsaw, telling him that he'd killed him once and could do so again if he gave him reason.

(Punisher II#55-56) - The Punisher was again sent to Ryker's Island, where Jigsaw had once again set himself up as a leader, allied with Gregario and his Nubian Nation. Jigsaw arranged a confrontation with Castle and Gregario had his men hold him while he slashed at Castle's face with a knife. The attack was stopped by Hog, leader of the Aryan Brotherhood, who insisted that his group had first rights to Castle since he was white.
    Castle soon distanced himself from the Aryan Brotherhood, and Jigsaw had Castle led into another ambush. Jigsaw badly sliced up Castle's face again, but had to leave as the changing of the guard approached. He, Gregario, and the Nubian Nation attempted to kill Castle in the prison infirmary, but Castle escaped through a hole in the wall blown by a group trying to free another prisoner, Derek Pike.

(Punisher War Journal I#61) - A large group of criminals met to arrange the death of the Punisher. Jigsaw was present, but told the others that Castle would turn the tables on them and have them at his mercy. Jigsaw then left, wanting no part of this.

(Punisher III#2) - Wearing a Punisher costume (decorated with sutures), Jigsaw began to target and kill all those who had killed the Punisher, which was supposed to have been his job. Castle had apparently been executed as his prison sentence, but it was faked and he was freed by and became allied with the Geraci crime family. Jigsaw killed Judge Robert Braithwaite.

(Punisher III#3) - Jigsaw shot and killed the man who pulled the switch during Castle's execution.

(Punisher III#4) - Jigsaw attacked Dr.  Kemble, who had pronounced Castle dead. Kemble contacted Vinnie Barbarossa and had him send the Punisher to help him. Daredevil got to Jigsaw first, but Castle arrived soon after. Jigsaw was ecstatic that the Punisher was still alive, which meant he could kill him himself. The Punisher ran out of bullets first, but  Daredevil knocked the guns from Jigsaw's hands and Castle took him out in a fist fight. Castle left Jigsaw alive for the authorities.

(Punisher III#9) - Joining forces with Firefox, Hachiman, Tombstone and an army of underlings, Jigsaw led an assault on the mansion of the Geracis. He blew several holes in the mansion with his rocket launcher, and eventually collapsed the building around Castle. They left Castle for dead.

(Punisher III#10) - Jigsaw began to feud with his allies and to taunt his captives, the remaining Geracis, while the Punisher began to take out the criminals. Hachiman turned against his allies and helped Castle defeat Firefox, leaving a former debt of theirs resolved. Jigsaw held Leslie Geraci hostage and then tossed her off the roof, forcing Castle to grab her to save her. However, Leslie knew what Jigsaw was trying to do and pulled herself free and fell to the ground. The Punisher shot a glancing blow to Jigsaw's head and he fell to the ground below.

(Alias#26 - BTS) - Jigsaw was reported by SHIELD agent Clay Quartermain to have been imprisoned in "the Raft," a new superhuman containment wing in Ryker's Island.

(Daredevil II#61 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw, having paid off certain police and government officials, ran a gunrunning operation on the North Shore pier. An unidentified policeman or government agent informed Ben Urich about this, knowing that Urich would inform Daredevil, which he did.

(Daredevil II#61 (fb) - BTS / 62(fb)) - Daredevil and the Black Widow took out Jigsaw and his operation.

(Daredevil II#62) - Jigsaw (out on bail) approached Murdock, acknowledging him as the new Kingpin of crime, and tried to make a  deal with him. Murdock pretended to have no idea what he was talking about.

(Daredevil II#63) - Jigsaw and a group of his men broke into Murdock's home.

(Daredevil II#64) - Murdock escaped his home and called the police, who drove off Jigsaw's men, while the Black Widow dropped Jigsaw, all the while pretending to be a civilian. The police took Jigsaw to prison, promising (as a favor to Murdock) that he would never be released from Ryker's again.

(New Avengers I#2 (fb)) - Jigsaw was sent to the Raft sub-section of Ryker's Island prison.

(New Avengers I#1-3) - Jigsaw was freed from his cell and took part in a breakout attempt, battling the as yet unformed New Avengers when they arrived to quell the breakout. It is unknown whether Jigsaw escaped or was reimprisoned.

(New Avengers I#35 (fb)) - Tigra broke up Jigsaw's theft, but he escaped when the police mistook her for an unregistered vigilante.

(New Avengers I#35) - Jigsaw was one of a large number of super-villains who met with the Hood, hearing and apparently accepting his position as the new Kingpin of super-villain crime. For his attendance, he was given $25,000.

(New Avengers Annual I#2) - Jigsaw was part of the Hood's super-villain army that ambushed the "New" Avengers' base at Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum. He was incapacitated by the Zom-powered Dr. Strange and then taken into custody by SHIELD.

(New Avengers I#46 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw was apparently freed by the Hood.

(New Avengers I#46 (fb)) - Jigsaw was present along with the rest of the Hood's army when they tortured a SHIELD agent who proved to be a Skrull. Guided by Demonicus, the Hood used his demonic powers to determine that a skrull was impersonating the Slug, and he shot and killed the imposter.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Hardcover#6: Jigsaw) - The Hood gave Jigsaw permission to pursue his own vendettas.

(Punisher War Journal II#11) - Jigsaw and Lynn Michaels manipulated the unstable Ian Amderstam into becoming a "Kid Punisher." Jigsaw proudly watch him during shooting practice.

(Punisher War Journal II#18) - Jigsaw held Joey Grady, brother of two cops that brought their brother seized weapons to sell to criminals, hostage and threatened to kill him if he didn't lure his brothers into a trap. After cutting out one of Joey received a call from his brothers. Jigsaw promised that Joey would get out of this alive if he worked with him on this. Joey took the call and told his brothers, both NYPD officers, that he would come to their meeting with a van instead of his normal car and that they shouldn't freak out. After the call Jigsaw told Joey that he would kill him anyway because the guns the Costas had bought years ago to kill the Punisher's family were sold to them by Joey. Jigsaw shoot off Joey's head with a shotgun while the other two brothers were killed by Lynn and Ian.

(Punisher War Journal II#19 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw took out the rest of the Francone family.

(Punisher War Journal II#19) - Jigsaw told two crooked cops about his last hits and his great alliance with the Hood. He then ordered them to bring in Ian. He congratulated Ian for 14 killed criminals, but also disciplined him for leaving behind witnesses because Ian couldn't wait for the right time to make the hits. After teaching Ian this lesson he demanded from him to say "Thanks, Dad." Ian was then sent out by Jigsaw to go after more criminals. Later the two corrupt cops that had met Jigsaw earlier made it official that the Punisher was responsible for the recent killing spree in town.

(Punisher War Journal II#20 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw surrounded himself with a whole crew of Punisher imposters.

(Punisher War Journal II#20) - Jigsaw hired the Hand for 15 million Euro to kill the Punisher. He showed them the money and then told them to earn it. When they were gone Jigsaw told Ian to tell everyone on the street that there was an open bounty on the Punisher's head.

(Punisher War Journal II#21 - BTS) - The Punisher and Ian were caught by SHIELD while fighting in a subway.

(Punisher War Journal II#22) - Jigsaw shoot the armored transporter with G.W. Bridge and the Punisher with a rocket launcher and then sent in the Wrecking Crew to break it open and to take care of Bridge's agents Domino, Fontaine and Silver Sable.

(Punisher War Journal II#23) - While Bridge and the Punisher fled from the Wrecking Crew, Jigsaw tried to explain his fixation on the Punisher. Rhino came to Punisher's aid and after the Wrecking Crew were knocked out the Punisher took Wrecker's crowbar and hit the column Jigsaw was sitting on so long that it crumbled and Jigsaw fell down to the street. Punisher beat Jigsaw up once again, but like so many times before he let him live. Jigsaw was taken into SHIELD costudy were Lynn revealed to him that she was an undercover agent working for SHIELD. Lynn gave Ian a gun and he shot Jigsaw. Lynn and Ian were arrested.

(New Avengers I#50 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw somehow survived and was freed by the Hood.

(New Avengers I#50) - When Cage's Avengers tried to lure Osborn's Avengers into a trap at an old Hellfire Club base, Osborn instead contacted the Hood who led his super-villain army to assault Cage's Avengers (Cage, Captain America/James Barnes, Ms. Marvel/Carol Danvers, Ronin/Clint Barton, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew, Wolverine/Logan/James Howlett). Jigsaw joined the Hood, Answer, Blackout, Blood Brother, Brother(s) Grimm, Centurius, Chemistro, Corruptor, Crossfire, Cutthroat, Dr. Demonicus, [Dormammu], Griffin, Living Laser, Madame Masque, Mandrill, Razor-Fist, Scarecrow, Shockwave, Slug, Vermin, Wizard, the Wrecking Crew in this assault. Ms. Marvel channeled Spider-Woman's power to stun the criminals and allow the Avengers to escape.

(New Avengers I#57) - Jigsaw watched Osborn agree to Harrow's terms. The power dampener switched off, allowing the New Avengers to escape via a Quinjet that blasted the assembled army of villains.

(Punisher VIII#9 (fb) - BTS) - Years ago, Jigsaw fathered a child with Sandy, and she had Henry. Jigsaw would occasionally visit Sandy and Henry over the years. 

(Punisher: In the Blood#1 (fb) - BTS) - Surviving the assassination attempt by Lady Punisher, Jigsaw was taken in by H.A.M.M.E.R., who got him medical treatment, then he was placed in a "reprogramming asylum," where they sought to make him a more compliant operative.

(Punisher: In the Blood#2 (fb) - BTS) - Stuart Clarke, the former Rampage and a former ally of the Punisher's who now had a face that looked like Jigsaw's, sought out Jigsaw, and the two of them chose to team up and commit crimes together. In time, Clarke realized that Henry Russo was now working with the Punisher. Jigsaw and Clarke began to plan their revenge. They captured Microchip, Punisher's former aid who had been helping the Hood fight Punisher recently, and kept him restrained.

(Punisher: In the Blood#4 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw learned more about Punisher's recent history, including how Microchip had had G.W. Bridge killed in order to mystically revive Punisher's dead wife (Maria) and kids (Frank Jr. and Lisa), but Punisher had chosen to kill his family, believing them monstrosities. Jigsaw and Clarke recruited Tanya Adrian to pretend to be Maria Castle, still alive.

(Punisher: In the Blood#1 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw and Clarke showed up at Sandy's home, asking her to lure Henry in to them. Jigsaw told Sandy all about Henry's alliance with the Punisher. Pretending she need help sobering up, Sandy called Henry and asked him to come and help.

(Punisher: In the Blood#1) - Henry showed up at Sandy's home and was shocked to see Jigsaw and Clarke there.

(Punisher: In the Blood#2) - Henry drew a gun on Jigsaw and Clarke, but Jigsaw, after ordering Sandy out of the room, began monologuing, explaining how the Punisher was likely to think that Henry had turned against him and was allied with Jigsaw now. Jigsaw and Clarke took Henry back to their penthouse, where Henry saw Jigsaw kept a picture of Henry as a baby on the desk, and they got word that Punisher was killing dozens in his attempt to find Microchip.

(Punisher: In the Blood#3 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw put Henry up in a room, and he began tracking the Punisher's crimes, convinced Punisher was coming after him.

(Punisher: In the Blood#3) - With Clarke and "Maria" (Tanya Adrian), Jigsaw reviewed the Punisher's progress. After ensuring Clarke that he would kill Henry when the time was right, Jigsaw made out with "Maria."After speaking with his guard Lenny, Jigsaw brought Henry a veggie sandwich and they reviewed Punisher's recent murder spree. Soon, Punisher broke in and stormed in to Henry's office, accusing him of betrayal. Henry screamed at Punisher then activated a button that electrocuted him, knocking Punisher down. Jigsaw told Henry that he loved him.

(Punisher: In the Blood#4) - Jigsaw and Clarke had sex wtih "Maria" while broadcasting it to the Punisher's cell. Jigsaw played catch with Henry outside, and Henry wondered what would happen to Punisher as he was reluctant to kill him. Jigsaw and Clarke locked Punisher in a cell with Microchip, keeping them both chained up, and then he watched on a screen with Henry while Punisher broke free of his chains and killed Microchip. Clarke and Jigsaw began fighting over Henry's involvement in things. Henry betrayed the others by releasing Punisher from his cell and revealing the truth about "Maria" to him, after which Punisher killed Tanya Adrian. When Clarke sliced Henry and threatened to kill him, Jigsaw stabbed Clarke through his mid-section and shot him multiple times. Jigsaw then told Henry that he'd need to carve up his face in order to be his new partner.

(Punisher: In the Blood#5) - Jigsaw was prepared to slice up Henry's face until he had memories of Henry as a boy, begging him to stop beating him. Jigsaw embraced Henry, saying he loved him, but Henry kicked him in the groin and rushed to the roof, where Punisher soon closed in on them. Jigsaw ranted to the Punisher about how Henry was his while Punisher had had his chance with his own son. Punisher and Jigsaw traded blows for a time, and Henry stopped Jigsaw from shooting Punisher once. Punisher set off a grenade that tore open the roof below them, and Henry held on for dear life, calling out to Jigsaw for help. Instead of saving Henry, Jigsaw chose to try and beat the Punisher to death, so Henry pulled himself up and attacked his father, who soon fell through the roof, letting himself go instead of giving Henry the chance to save him.

(Civil War II: Kingpin#1) - Kingpin assembled Jigsaw, Lady Bullseye, Hammerhead, Fancy Dan, Turk Barrett, Grotto, and Ox with his new ally Janus Jardeesh. When Jigsaw questioned Kingpin, Kingpin slammed Jigsaw's head into the table and ordered him to pay for the group's meal.

(Civil War II: Kingpin#2) - Jardeesh accompanied Kingpin and several criminals (Jigsaw, Lady Bullseye, Gladiator, White Rabbit, Crime-Master, Grotto, Tombstone, Ox, Ghost, Hammerhead, Turk Barrett) to meet with Ryan Gudmunsdottir, whom Kingpin exposed as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. To get Gudmunsdottir under his control, Kingpin exposed the captive agent James Choi as well as Gudmunsdottir's wife and child. Jigsaw offered to kill Choi, but Kingpin forced Jardeesh to do it.


(Civil War II: Kingpin#4) - Hearing the news that Kingpin had been killed, Jigsaw went to his headquarters to demand money, but he discovered Jardeesh there, claiming his role as the new Kingpin. Jigsaw initially allied himself with Jardeesh, but Jigsaw rushed away when Kingpin showed up alive.


(Star-Lord II#2) - Jigsaw relaxed at Javelynn's bar.


(Star-Lord II#3) - Drunk, Jigsaw flirted with Javelynn at the bar, but bartender Star-Lord punched Jigsaw, telling him to back off.


(Star-Lord II#5) - Jigsaw was among the criminals who attacked Javelynn at her bar, but Old Man Logan helped Javelynn fight them off.


(Infamous Iron Man I#7) - The Hood gathered his old army, including Jigsaw, to discuss assembling to handle the threat of the new Iron Man, who was reportedly Dr. Doom. Jigsaw drew a gun on Hood just before Iron Man (
Victor von Doom) attacked, defeating the criminals.

(Kingpin II#5) - Jigsaw sat with James Wesley, Turk Barrett, Sarah Dewey, and Tombstone at a fight that Kingpin had arranged. They watched Orlando Perez in a boxing match.


(Invincible Iron Man I#594) - Jigsaw joined with the Hood's army to fight back against Iron Man (Doom), but Iron Man fled from the fight.

(Defenders V#10) - Jigsaw attended a meeting held by the Hood, who sought to reform his gang, but it was interrupted by a large group of heroes.


(Invincible Iron Man I#600) - Jigsaw worked with the Hood and his army in fighting against Iron Man (Victor von Doom), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Doombots, Iron Man drones, and War Machine (James Rhodes).

(Punisher XII#4 (fb) - BTS) - Baron Zemo recruited Jigsaw and Chameleon to hunt down the Punisher.


(Punisher XII#3) - When Punisher was arrested, Jigsaw disguised himself as a guard and went to the station, pretending to work for Nick Fury (secretly the Chameleon), as Fury sought to recruit Punisher for a mission. Jigsaw revealed himself privately to the Punisher.

(Punisher XII#4) - Jigsaw and the others killed all of the cops in the room, including Jeffords, but Punisher soon grabbed a gun and escaped from his cell. Jigsaw opened fire on the Punisher, hitting Punisher once. As the cops closed in, Jigsaw and Chameleon had to flee.


(Punisher XII#6 (fb) - BTS) - When Punisher was captured by Zemo and brought to Bagalia, Zemo instructed Chameleon to help Jigsaw pose as the Punisher. As the "Punisher," Jigsaw then began slaughtering civilians, while reports of the murders hit the news.

(Punisher XII#7) - As planted cameras recorded events, "Punisher" killed Skottie and other criminals who had betrayed Zemo, then he faked being apprehended by Hydra agents posing as cops.

(Punisher XII#8) - "Punisher" was put on trial for murder and found guilty, then sentenced to death on a live broadcast. "Punisher" then killed his attorney and swore on camera that he'd punish and kill everyone, driving up public fear of him.

(Punisher XII#9) - Reunited with Zemo, Jigsaw watched the public execution of a criminal they'd forced to pose as the Punisher. Jigsaw was shocked to learn that Zemo planned to make Punisher a killer for Hydra. They then heard news that the real Punisher had escaped prison.

(Punisher XII#10) - As Punisher forced his way through the city, killing as he went, Jigsaw confronted Zemo for his stupidity, then went to kill the Punisher himself.


(Punisher XII#10 - BTS) - Jigsaw captured Sister Mercy, a nun from the prison who Punisher had met while he served time, and tied her up, taking her prisoner as he sought out the Punisher.


(Punisher XII#10) - Jigsaw rode a motorcycle out to Punisher, confronting him, and he felt insulted when Punisher indicated that Zemo was the bigger threat. To get Punisher's attention, Jigsaw began dragging Sister Mercy on the ground behind his motorcycle.


(Punisher XII#11) - Dragging Sister Mercy behind him, Jigsaw fled from Punisher, who killed Jigsaw's men one by one. To cover his escape, Jigsaw cut Sister Mercy loose, and she soon died. Punisher closed in on Jigsaw just as Baron Zemo set off a massive explosion in the city center. Jigsaw opened fire on the Punisher, who chose to leave and go after Zemo instead.
jigsaw-paladin

(Punisher XII#13) - Zemo summoned a group of operatives to New York City to help defend him, including Jigsaw, Moonstone, Radioactive Man, Fixer, and Ghost. There, they met with the Kingpin. Jigsaw was dressed as Paladin, and the group were presented to the public as the new Thunderbolts, with Zemo posing as new leader, Citizen V.


(Punisher XII#14) - Jigsaw fell asleep on Radioactive Man's shoulder as the Thunderbolts searched for the Punisher. Later, they confronted the Punisher, but he set off an explosion and escaped.


(Punisher XII#15) - The Thunderbolts stayed in hiding for a time as Punisher hunted them, and Jigsaw busied himself with watching porn, until Kingpin threw them out to confront Punisher. The villains soon confronted Punisher, who'd surrounded himself with allies, including Black Widow, Night Thrasher, Moon Knight, Rachel Cole-Alves, Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch), Nick Fury II, Winter Soldier, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Quake, and Luke Cage. "Paladin" opened fire on Black Widow before kicking Punisher in the jaw, but Zemo ordered Jigsaw back, saying he wanted Punisher for himself. Night Thrasher then knocked Jigsaw out with a kick to the jaw.

(Punisher XII#16 - BTS) - The Thunderbolts surrendered to authorities.


(Marvel Knights 20th#4) - Jigsaw gathered with several other criminals under the leadership of Kingpin.


(Marvel Knights 20th#5) - Black Panther interrupted a poker game between Jigsaw, Crossbones, Tombstone, and Taskmaster. The villains were winning before Daredevil, Elektra, and Punisher arrived to finish the fight.


(Marvel Knights 20th#6) - The Kingpin led Jigsaw and others in an attack on the same heroes, but the villains were soon defeated.


(Captain America IX#7 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw was arrested and placed in the Myrmidon.

(Captain America IX#7) - Jigsaw sat in his cell.


(Captain America IX#8) - Jigsaw interacted with guards and prisoners.


(Captain America IX#10) - Jigsaw played poker with Bulldozer, Piledriver, Griffin, and Steve Rogers. Soon, there was a mass breakout in the prison.


(Captain America IX#11) - Jigsaw and the other prisoners battled the Guardsmen.

Comments: Created by Len Wein and Ross Andru.

    Jigsaw is one of the very few recurring villains of the Punisher. For some reason, Castle always stops short of killing him, unlike almost every single other one of his foes.

    In the Punisher III series, it was made to seem that Jigsaw had been responsible for Castle's family's deaths. That's not really the case, but Russo's murder of McTeer and his attempt on Castle did push the traumatized Castle over the edge into his transformation into the Punisher.

    Jigsaw was also in Batman/Punisher: Lake of Fire and Punisher/Batman: Deadly Knights, where he traveled to Gotham and joined forces with the Joker in a pair of plots. The first involved the release of a fuel (designed by Rimer) that would ignite water, which they planned to use on the city reservoir to extort money from the government. This plot was foiled by the Punisher--who followed Jigsaw there--and Batman (actually his temporary replacement, Azrael). Azrael defeated him and left him tied up, but the Joker freed him.
    The Joker then arranged a plastic surgeon to repair Jigsaw's face, and promised that he would set him up as one of the big crime lords in Gotham. However, Castle returned to Gotham when Jigsaw failed to show in New York, and joined forces with the original Batman (Bruce Wayne, now back in action) to take him down. In the process, Castle through a grenade into a liquor cabinet, and the shrapnel shredded Jigsaw's face once again. The Batman then caught up with and subdued Jigsaw, defeated him, and left him cuffed to another criminal.
    So, since Marvel and DC characters existed on the same world in this story, it doesn't fit in with being Earth-616 and is probably out of continuity. I see two major possibilities. First, the more likely of the two, that it took place on Earth-Crossover, where pretty much every single fictional character co-exist. Second, it could be Earth-616, but there was a temporary slight merging of the realities of Earth-616 with the mainstream Earth-DC, so that the characters knew each other, etc. Less likely, but possible, as such a thing could have been brought about by the Brothers.
    If it did occur, it would have been between Punisher War Journal I#61 and Punisher III#2.

Oddly enough, in Batman#509, Azrael recalled his encounter with Jigsaw. Another reference to Jigsaw's adventure in Gotham occurs in Nightwing:the Hunt for Oracle (Nightwing II#44), "The Stalkers." Referring to Jimmy Navarone (father-in-law of Macklin Arnot, who died during Jigsaw's battle with Batman), Nightwing says "Yeah. He was a vicelord in Gotham until he got axed by some out of town psycho vigilante. The Pulverizer, the Penetator? I forget."
--John McDonagh

That would lend credence to the two crossovers happening during a temporary reality merger. - Loki

    In the MARVEL VS. DC Trading Cards Set, Jigsaw was matched up against Deathstroke (Slade Wilson) of the mainstream DC Universe (see Card #75). Here is the text from the back of the card:

"You expect someone as physically disfigured and mentally scarred as organized crime boss Jigsaw to be a brutal killer.  But high-priced mercenary Deathstroke doesn't have to be.  If only he'd use his talents for good rather than financial profit."
- Clark Kent

    Jigsaw was also matched up against Two-Face (Harvey Dent) of the mainstream DC Universe, though I don't have that card (#94 of the MARVEL VS. DC Trading Cards Set).  And Deathstroke was also matched up against the Punisher of Earth-616 (see Card #58).  --Skullogeist

   The text on the back of the Two-Face/Jigsaw card says "I'd give them both the number of a good plastic surgeon, but I don't think it would make much difference to cold-blooded killers like Two-Face and Jigsaw. Their most disfiguring scars are the ones they carry inside" The quote is attributed to Peter Parker. - Loki

Jigsaw has a one page profile (not very informative) as one of "Spider-Man's Forgotten Foes!" in Web of Spider-Man Annual#3. The image of this profile is seen further above (yellow costume).
--Markus Raymond

Markus Raymond added a new main & Ron Fredricks refurbed the head shot.

    I'd love to see Garth Ennnis' take on Jigsaw, though I bet it would be the last time we saw him.

Profile originally by Snood;
    2011-2019 comics updates by Chadman

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OHOTMU HC6, Jigsaw profile (main, Punisher II#35, Cover used as basis)
Punisher II#55, Cover (head shot)
Punisher: Year One#4, p15, pan1 (Billy the Beaut)
Web of Spider-Man Annual I#3, p34 (yellow costume)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition#10, Jigsaw profile (regular outfit)
Punisher III#3, p23, pan4 (in Punisher costume)
Punisher War Journal II#23, p1, pan2 (color reversed Punisher costume)
Punisher XII#13, p22, pan1 (as Paladin)


Appearances:
Amazing Spider-Man I#161-162 (October-November, 1976) - Len Wein (writer/editor), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito & Dave Hunt (inks)
Amazing Spider-Man I#188 (January, 1979) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Keith Pollard (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks)
Punisher I#1 (January, 1986) - Steven Grant (writer), Mike Zeck (pencils), John Beatty (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Punisher I#4-5 (March-April, 1986) - Steven Grant (writer), Mike Zeck (pencils), John Beatty (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Web of Spider-Man Annual I#3 (1987) - Roger Stern (writer), Greg LaRocque (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Punisher II#35 (July, 1990) - Mike Baron (writer), Bill Reinhold (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks)
Punisher II#36-37 (August, 1990) - Mike Baron (writer), Mark Texeira (artist)
Punisher II#38 (September, 1990) - Mike Baron (writer), Bill Reinhold (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks)
Punisher II#39 (September, 1990) - Mike Baron (writer), Jack Slamn (pencils), James T. Sherman (inks)
Punisher II#40 (October, 1990) - Mike Baron (writer), Bill Reinhold (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks)
Punisher II#55-56 (November-December, 1991) - Mike Baron (writer), Hugh Haynes (pencils), Jimmy Palmiotti (inks)
Punisher War Journal I#61 (December, 1993) - Charles Dixon (writer), Gary Kwapisz (artist)
Punisher: Year One#3-4 (February-March, 1995) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Dale Eaglesham (pencils), Scott Koblish (inks)
Punisher III#2-4 (December, 1995 - February, 1996) - John Ostrander (writer), Tom Lyle (pencils), Chris Ivy (inks)
Punisher III#10 (August, 1996) - John Ostrander (writer), Tom Lyle (pencils), Robert Jones (inks)
Alias#26 (November, 2003) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Michael Gaydos, Mark Bagley & Rick Mays (pencils), Michael Gaydor, Art Thibert & Rick Mays (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Daredevil II#61-64 (August-November, 2004) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Alex Maleev (artist), Jennifer Lee (editor)
New Avengers I#1 (January, 2005) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Finch (pencils), Danny Miki (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#2 (February, 2005) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Finch (pencils), Danny Miki & Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#3 (March, 2005) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Finch (pencils), Danny Miki, Allen Martinez & Victor Olazaba (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#11 (November, 2007) - Matt Fraction (writer), Leandro Fernandez (pencils), Francisco Paronzini (inks), Aubrey Sitterson (editor)
New Avengers I#35 (December, 2007) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leinil Yu (artist), Molly Lazer  (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers Annual I#2 (March, 2008) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Carlo Pagulayan (penciler), Jeff Huet (inker), Molly Lazer (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#18 (June, 2008) - Matt Fraction (writer), Howard Chakyin (artist), Aubrey Sitterson (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#19-23 (July-November, 2008) - Matt Fraction & Rick Remender (writer), Howard Chakyin (artist), Aubrey Sitterson (editor)
New Avengers I#46 (December, 2008) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Billy Tan (pencils), Matt Banning (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#50 (April, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Billy Tan (pencils), Matt Banning (inks), Jeanine Schaefer, Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#57 (November, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Punisher VIII#9 (November, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), Tan Eng Huat (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher: In the Blood#1-2 (January-February, 2011) - Rick Remender (writer), Roland Boschi (artist), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Punisher: In the Blood#3 (March, 2011) - Rick Remender (writer), Michele Bertilorenzi (artist), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Punisher: In the Blood#4-5 (April-May, 2011) - Rick Remender (writer), Roland Boschi (artist), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Civil War II: Kingpin I#1-2 (September-October, 2016) - Matthew Rosenberg (writer), Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Civil War II: Kingpin I#4 (December, 2016) - Matthew Rosenberg (writer), Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Hayden Sherman (artists), Mark Basso (editor)
Star-Lord II#2-3 (March-April, 2017) - Chip Zdarsky (writer), Kris Anka (artist), Jordan White (editor)
Star-Lord II#5 (June, 2017) - Chip Zdarsky (writer), Kris Anka (artist), Jordan White (editor)
Infamous Iron Man#7 (June, 2017) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Alex Maleev (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Kingpin III#5 (August, 2017) - Matthew Rosenberg (writer), Ben Torres (artist), Mark Basso (editor)
Invincible Iron Man I#594 (January, 2018) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stefano Caselli, Alex Maleev (artists), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Defenders V#10 (April, 2018) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Marquez (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Invincible Iron Man I#600 (July, 2018) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stefano Caselli, Alex Maleev, David Marquez, Daniel Acuna, Leinil Francis Yu, Jim Cheung, Mike Deodato Jr. Mark Bagley, Andrea Sorrentino (pencilers), Scott Hanna (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Punisher XII#3-4 (December, 2018-January, 2019) - Matthew Rosenberg (writer), Szymon Kudranski (artist), Jake Tomas (editor)
Marvel Knights 20th#4 (February, 2019) - Vita Ayala, Donny Cates (writers), Joshua Cassara (artist), Alanna Smith (editor)
Marvel Knights 20th#5 (March, 2019) - Matthew Rosenberg, Donny Cates (writers), Niko Henrichon (artist), Alanna Smith (editor)
Marvel Knights 20th#6 (March, 2019) - Donny Cates (writer), Kim Jacinto, Travel Foreman (pencilers), Richard Friend (inker), Alanna Smith (editor)
Captain America IX#7-11 (March-June, 2019) - Ta-Nehisi Coates (writer), Adam Kubert (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Punisher XII#6-11, 13-15 (March-July; September-November, 2019) - Matthew Rosenberg (writer), Szymon Kudranski (artist), Jake Thomas (editor)
Cosmic Ghost Rider I#6 (October, 2019) - Paul Scheer, Nick Giovannetti (writers), Todd Nauck (artist), Darren Shan (editor)


First Posted: 08/17/2003
Last updated: 10/14/2021

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