When The Defenders made up of Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil), Luke Cage (aka Power Man), Danny Rand (aka Iron Fist), and Jessica Jones first heard that The Punisher (aka Frank Castle) has started to play the harp, they didn’t believe it at first. In fact it was so silly and so ridiculous to think that Frank Castle, a grim, gritty, violent vigilante, can handle a gentle, fragile, heavenly musical instrument that Luke and Danny had to chuckle. They knew Frank has no musical talent and no interest in music, so why would he be playing the harp if he has none of those things? At least that’s what they assume. But when they saw an Instagram photo and YouTube video of him singing, swaying, and playing music on that particular “stringamajig,” the chuckling stopped. The Defenders were all pleasantly surprised to see Frank Castle actually playing the harp right before their very eyes! But what Frank is playing is not what they had in mind. They were thinking along the line of a large concert harp, like the ones they’ve seen in concert theaters and opera houses. But nope, that’s not what Frank is playing. Frank is performing songs upon WarHarp! A one of a kind, fearsome bow-like musical instrument that’s also a weapon that shoots arrows like a normal archer’s bow which whimsically depicts a M1911 pistol and a jagged KA-BAR knife, two favorite weapons Frank always use in combat, forged together to form a stave.
Presenting The Punisher’s 12 – stringed Lyre!
Frank’s other lyre has 4 strings. But this new “concert grand” lyre, which Frank now plays, has only 12 strings. Believe it or not, Frank made the lyre himself during the time he was recovering from his injuries he got when he took down a brutal prostitution ring similar to that of The Slavers. Being highly adept with carving tools, Frank created the 12-stringed lyre. He did it by carving the lyre’s frame to bear two uniquely whimsical glocks flanking The Punisher’s skull emblem shown at the bottom of the frame. The skull serve as the lyre’s soundboard while the glocks are made to hold a special neck beam at the top. The beam is adorned with a row of 12 bullets which are used as tuning string pins that hold the strings that are stretched from the skull’s soundboard. Frank uses a special set of pliers to turn the bullets to tune the strings to the right pitch that he needs to play any song he wish. Then he will play out a medley from the lyre that helps him to relax as his wounds heal and thinks of his late family.