September 23, 2017

Tales of Suspense 57Real Name: Clinton Barton

First Appearance: Tales of Suspense 57 (September, 1964)

Powers: Skilled Marksman, Aerialist and Acrobat.

Affiliation: Avengers, Avengers West Coast, Thunderbolts, S.H.I.E.L.D.

Enemies: Most Avenger Enemies

Love Interests: Mockingbird (Bobbi Morse), Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew).

Did You Know: Hawkeye, for a time was 80% deaf.

A Little History

Ever wondered or wanted to know a little bit more about everybody’s favorite archer?

As I was sitting watching Thor for the umpteenth time, I wondered how many people caught the fact that Jeremy Renner’s character was and is Hawkeye?

Sure, as time went on and various Marvel movies came out, it became increasingly obvious, but for my own curiosity and perhaps the curiosity of others, I dug into his history a little bit.

So, without further adieu:

Hawkeye was first introduced in Tales of Suspense #57 (September, 1964).  As is made obvious by the movies, his real name is Clinton Barton.  He possesses nothing, none, zero, and zilch in the way of special powers.

He is, as you’d probably expect with a name like Hawkeye, a perfect shot.  His weapon of choice is a Bow and Arrow.

When he was 14 he joined the carnival and during this time learned to become and Aerialist and Acrobat.

While in the carnival, he caught the eye of a man called Swordsman (Phillip Javert). Swordsman took a liking to ol’ Hawkeye and began to teach him how to use throwing knives.

Wondering where he got his Bow and Arrow from?

Coming right up!

Realizing that he was more skilled with a Bow and Arrow, Trickshot (Buck Chisholm) took Clint under his wing and began to teach him the ways.

Fast forward a few years and Hawkeye would witness Iron Man in action.  Seeing the good he was doing, he decided that he too should use his abilities for good.

Have you ever been or known a person who tries really hard to do something right and it always goes wrong?  

This is Hawkeye.

In an attempt to prevent a robbery, Hawkeye was mistaken for a thief.

Compound this with the fact that he had a newfound infatuation with Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff) and we have a recipe for disaster.  Yes, like so many stupid guys before him, he tried to impress her.

Clint found himself on the fast track to loser-ville.Hawkeye 2

Realizing that he had in fact made a mistake or two, he begged Iron Man to let him join the Avengers.  Iron Man conceded and thus started Hawkeye’s career with the Avengers.

While on a leave from the Avengers, he met Mockingbird (Bobbi Morse). Over the course of the next couple of years, the two of them would wed and move to California.

Heck, with all those songs about California, can you blame them?

While in California the established Avengers West Coast.

Devastation would find poor Clint.  During a mission, Mockingbird appeared to be killed, thus leading to the disbandment of Avengers West Coast.

The next number of years were kind of bland for Hawkeye.

That is, until the House of M storyline.

Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) literally went bat-sh@t crazy and obliterated most of the mutant population!

Just before this went down, Clint decided to take on a Kree Warship all by himself.

Ever have an idea that you think could be great, but turn out the exact opposite?

Clint did….

Hawkeye died trying to fend off the ship by himself.

At the request of Captain America, Kate Bishop would take on the mantle of Hawkeye.

Hawkeye 1Now don’t be too upset.  If you are a Clint Barton fan, fear not.


He returns from the dead!

You see, Scarlet Witch was kind enough to rearrange reality and bring him back!

With two different Hawkeye’s in the fold, Clint took the guise of Ronin The Masked Swordsman.  It was at this time that he learned that Mockingbird was still alive.  Shocking, I know.

Luckily for him, they reunited…and it felt so good.

Unluckily for him, it didn’t last.

Scott’s Notes:

  1. First appeared in Tales of Suspense 57.
  2. Joined the carnival and learned the art of throwing knives and the bow and arrow.
  3. Seeing Iron Man in battle, he was inspired to use his abilities for good.
  4. Tried to stop a robbery but was implicated as a thief.
  5. To impress Black Widow, they stole Iron Man products.
  6. He would reform and beg Iron Man to join the Avengers.
  7. Would meet Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird) and move to California to set up Avengers West Coast.
  8. Mockingbird appeared to be killed in a battle and Avengers West Coast would be shut down.
  9. During the House of M story, Hawkeye decided to attempt to stop a Kree Warship and failed. He was killed.
  10. Would return from the dead after Scarlet Witch rearranged reality
  11. At the request of Captain America, Kate Bishop took up the mantle of Hawkeye.
  12. Clint would take on Kate as a protégé.

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