If you grew up in the 1970s, you probably watched The Electric Company on PBS. It was an educational show for the kids who got past Sesame Street. Spider-Man appeared on the program, along with Morgan Freeman, who played Easy Reader. As part of the deal with PBS, Marvel published Spidey Super Stories from 1974 to 1982. The stories in this comic were aimed at much younger kids than Marvel’s usual audience.
It was a gateway drug for Marvel!
The merry pranksters Roger Stern and John Byrne cooked up this faux Spidey Super Stories cover where Spider-Man says to the audience: “Hey Kids! Meet My Pal—The Punisher!” As he blasts the guts out of a goon, the captions reads: Bloody Death Scream the Guns of the Punisher! Easy Reader says, Ouch! Nuff said.