Mike Zeck is one of the most celebrated Punisher artists out there. His work with The Punisher is among the very best in Punisher artistry. Here’s one example of his tremendous work showing both The Punisher and Batman together.
If only DC Comics and Marvel agree to share the rights to The Punisher. (*sigh*)
Now imagine Mike Zech’s version of The Punisher trying out on playing a very exotic harp only a few people outside the country of China is lucky enough to see and hear in person. Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, feast your eyes on my newest Punisher harp art showing Mike Zeck’s incredible version of The Punisher trying out on playing the exotic harp known as the Konghou!
Now does anyone know what a konghou is? If not, let me explain. The Konghou is an ancient form of Chinese harp that has been played by many Chinese musicians for thousands of years. First appearing during the Eastern Han Dynasty, this ancient instrument was said to be created by a music craftsman named Kan Hou who was commissioned by the emperor to create a musical instrument that can produce sounds that are highly pleasing to everyone. As a result, Kan Hou created the KanHou, which produced such sounds that greatly pleased everyone including the emperor and his royal court, and named the instrument after himself. That instrument, later renamed the Konghou, became the top rated choice for Chinese musicians to play at feasts and ritual dance shows. It was played in palace orchestras, bands, and as a solo instrument for many centuries until the instrument gradually disappeared during the 17th century to make way for more advanced musical instruments.
Years later, in the mid-twentieth century, the Konghou experienced a great revival when musicians demanded an instrument that’s ancient, yet contemporary for them to play. The Konghou proved to be the one that met such demands. In 1964, in Shenyang, China, the Konghou was revived. But it was no ordinary Konghou. While ancient forms of Konghou was either a log, bow, or a boat shaped instrument, the modern Konghou took the shape of the modern pedal harp that Frank enjoys playing while he’s not giving felons the ultimate punishment. Like the pedal harp, it has pedals, a curvy neck, and a pillar. But it also has a soundboard arranged in a flat, vertical position and 2 rows of strings, one on each side. Each of the 2 rows of strings are arranged to face each other in a single line. Each string is supported by a bridge that is located in the middle of the soundboard. There are 72 strings in all; 36 in each row. All of them are tuned to the same note with the help of special adjustable pins located at the very back of the harp.
The Konghou is rarely seen outside of China. But that doesn’t stop Frank from discovering the instrument while he was literally busting up The Dragon Scales, a gang of meth dealers that has been operating along the borders of China and Myanmar for some time. One of the treasures that’s being used to purchase a large cargo of meth from another gang contains a Konghou that was stolen from a family of Chinese officials that were mercilessly attacked and killed by thugs working for the Dragon Scales gang while staying at a summer home. Punisher tracked down and killed the thugs, avenging them. He then rummage through the stolen treasure trove and saw the Konghou which reminded Frank of “Ravenna” one of his harp children that he keeps in a safe area way back in the US.
Frank took a liking to the Konghou and tried to play it. It’s a very complicated instrument for Frank to play, but what’s to stop Frank from playing around with all those strings he can use to strangle the gang leader, hang his henchmen until they’re dead, set fire to the meth cargo (the old fashion way), and above all, take this big Chinese beauty home back to the States where he adopts it into his wonderfully beloved harp family? Why nothing, of course!
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