Axel Alonso was the PUNISHER editor at the time, and he loved to go against the grain. Rick pitched him our ridiculous idea and he ushered us aboard. Through some confluence of perfect conditions or divine providence, we had found the exact right ears to hear our ideas, and had the perfect lead-in to put them into action! Axel saw my concept drawings and said for it to work, it definitely had to feel like Punisher first and foremost. So, i set forth on cobbling together some of these ideas into something visually cohesive and polished enough for the book.
My first draft leaned much more toward the Monster side of things. The costume was classic Frank, but the man inside was lanky and dessicated, not to mention heavily augmented, as i had cannibalized most of my Deathlok design for the project at hand. I merged the electrical insulators with the hotrod engine from my earlier monster design, and more or less transferred all the other elements directly over to Frank.