There’s been a lot of reports in recent years about police officers using the Punisher’s skull symbol to identify themselves, prompting a lot of criticism due to the fact that the Punisher is a vigilante who murders people outside the confines of the law. Even Punisher co-creator Gerry Conway has spoken out against the practice, and even The Punisher himself has condemned it within the pages of a Marvel comic.
Now, the Punisher skull has been co-opted for another purpose: to promote anti-impeachment efforts in favor of President Donald Trump. A website called TrumpSkullPin.com is selling Punisher skulls with Donald Trump’s “hair” on them in the form of pins and decals for Trump supporters, known colloquially as Trumpbronies, to show their support of the President in the wake of Democratic impeachment hearings.
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Questions about whether this is an actionable trademark violation are reasonable here, though it’s unclear if Marvel will pursue any action. It definitely wouldn’t be the first time Marvel has challenged the use of the Punisher skull. On the other hand, Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter, a good friend of the President and number one Trumpbrony who donated millions to his campaign and has served as an unofficial advisor, might like one of these pins for himself. Maybe Marvel can just buy the company’s stock out?
It’s unclear who is behind the pins, but the text on the website claims that 10% of proceeds will be donated to Trump’s campaign.
Show everyone where you stand with the Trump Anti-Impeachment Skull Pin
The radical left cannot accept defeat. Now more then ever show you stand up against the impeachment of President Donald Trump. 10% net proceeds go toward the Trump 2020 Campaign.
Of course, if you think about it, some portion of actual Punisher merchandise and comics sales also go to Trump’s 2020 campaign, once filtered through to Perlmutter’s donations. So maybe it’s a wash.