Jon Bernthal in "Marvel's The Punisher," one of the many series based on comic books, currently streaming on Netflix.
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When "Marvel's The Punisher" debuted on Netflix last month, it was greeted with interest.In fall 1959, more than two dozen Westerns aired on just three broadcast networks, dwarfing the current slate of comic book shows as a percentage of the scripted original prime-time series airing in 2017 .From its debut in October 2010, "The Walking Dead" made clear that a comic book property could be a TV hit.Like the comics that spawned them, TV series can offer welcome moral clarity in an evermore confounding world.Thanks to the internet, these comic book heroes can now be enjoyed as a communal experience.
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