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Jigsaw (Marvel)
Real Name: Billy 'The Beaut' Russo
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None. Jigsaw relies solely on his knowledge in various weaponry.

Billy Russo was a brutal assassin for the Maggia crime family, nicknamed "the Beaut" because of his good looks. He was also a favorite assassin for the Costa crime family. After the execution-style killings that inadvertently led to the deaths of Frank Castle's family, Russo was hired by Bruno Costa to assassinate another assassin who had failed to kill Frank Castle as well. Russo killed all of his targets but Castle, who narrowly avoided death in an explosion. Hours later, Castle returned and tracked down Russo to one of the Maggia's nightclubs. Several criminals were killed, and Russo was thrown through a glass pane head-first. He survives with his face torn to shreds; surgeons stitch it back together like a jigsaw puzzle.

Taking advantage of his now hideous visage, the formerly handsome gangster took on the identity of Jigsaw, and initially attempts to frame the Punisher for murder. However, the plan failed due to the intervention of Spider-Man and Nightcrawler; Spider-Man witnesses one of Jigsaw's murders and one of his victims was an old friend of Nightcrawler.

It is revealed in the first Punisher miniseries that Jigsaw was behind a plan to drug the Punisher, causing his enemy to behave erratically and attack any criminals, even for things as minor as littering. The Punisher confronts and beats him, and later stops Jigsaw from escaping in a prison riot. Later on in the series, Jigsaw is brainwashed by the Trust into serving as a member of a Punisher-style assassination squad. He manages to remember who he is after encountering Castle once again, and attacks the Punisher, but is once again beaten.

Jigsaw becomes involved with a demon worshipper he refers to as 'the Rev'. Based on healing demonstrations, the Rev convinces Jigsaw to work for him in exchange for healing his face. Jigsaw follows the man on a home invasion/murder spree, and then kills several cops on the way out; Jigsaw would cotinue to work for the Rev for some time, eventually leaving his service after his death at the hands of the Punisher and subsequent resurrection by the Rev and his master, Lucifer (actually Belasco).

Jigsaw has been a persistent foe of the Punisher's for years. While he still works as an assassin for criminal organizations, his pursuit of the Punisher is relentless, as Jigsaw sees Castle's assassination as an unfinished job. The deranged gangster's vendetta once took a bizarre turn when the Punisher faked his death by appearing to be executed in prison. Furious with rage, Jigsaw briefly became a new Punisher, getting revenge on Castle's apparent killers for denying him the kill he believes to be rightfully his.

In Jigsaw's mid-2000s appearances, he was one of many villains trying to break out of the Raft, a floating prison for supervillains and other high-risk criminals. Jigsaw has been hired by the Hood to take advantage of the split in the superhero community caused by the Superhuman Registration Act.

Jigsaw has also recently appeared in the new Punisher: War Journal Series; wearing a color-inverted mockup of the Punisher costume. His plan appears to be to brainwash individuals involved with the Punisher; similar to what the trust did to him during the first Punisher series.


First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #162

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Issue Appearances:
Batman/Punisher: Lake of Fire (1994)
Captain America (2018)
Civil War II: Kingpin (2016)
Crossover Classics (1991)
Daredevil (1998)
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe (2012)
Defenders (2017)
Infamous Iron Man (2016)
Invincible Iron Man (2017)
Magnum Comics (1988)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
Marvel Knights 20th (2019)
Marvel/DC Crossover (1997)
New Avengers (2005)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Paradise X (2002)
Punisher (1995)
Punisher (2009)
Punisher War Journal (2007)
Punisher: In The Blood (2011)
Punisher/Batman: Deadly Knights (1994)
Spider-Man: Breakout (2005)
Star-Lord (2017)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The New Avengers: Most Wanted Files (2006)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Punisher (1986)
The Punisher (1987)
The Punisher (2018)
The Punisher Magazine (1989)
The Punisher War Journal (1988)
The Punisher: Year One (1994)
Web of Spider-Man (1985)

Movie Appearances:
Punisher: War Zone (2008)

Video Game Appearances:
The Punisher (2005)

Group Affiliation(s):
Hood's Criminal Syndicate (Marvel)

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