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Name: Clinton Francis Barton Occupation: Adventurer Identity:
Secret Legal status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record Former
aliases: Goliath II, Golden Archer Place of birth: Waverly, Iowa
Marital status: Married Known relatives: Barbara Morse (alias
Mockingbird, wife), Bernard "Barney" (brother, deceased), Harold (father,
deceased), Edith (mother, deceased) Group affiliation: Current member
of the Thunderbolts, former member of the East Coast Avengers, member of the West
Coast Avengers Base of operations: Los Angeles, California First
appearance: TALES OF SUSPENSE #57, AVENGERS #64
History: Clinton Barton was the younger of two
sons born to a small business proprietor and his wife.
When his parents were killed in an automobile accident
when he was eight, Barton and his brother were placed
in the state orphanage. At fourteen, Clint and Barney
Barton ran away from the institute to join a traveling
carnival. There Clint Barton apprenticed himself to the
carnival's star attraction, the mysterious rogue known
only as the Swordsman. Recognizing Clint's natural flair
for archery, the Swordsman agreed to tutor him in the
art. (Barney Barton was relegated to menial work.)
For eight hours every day for four years, the younger
Barton practiced with bow and arrow, soon becoming good
enough to perform professionally as a trick shooter under
the name of Hawkeye the Marksman. When Barton was eighteen,
he accidentally discovered that his mentor was stealing
from the carnival management. When the boy refused to
become his partner in crime, the Swordsman chased Barton
up onto a tightrope and cut it out from under him. The
Swordsman left him for dead and fled the carnival. Found
by his brother Barney, Clint Barton was rushed to a hospital
and eventually recovered from the compound fractures to
his legs. A year later, he rejoined the carnival and resumed
One day Barton witnessed Iron
Man in action, and decided to emulate him by donning
a colorful costume and using his archery skills to battle
crime. However, in his first public appearance as a masked
hero, Hawkeye was mistaken for a thief and found himself
in battle with Iron Man. Weeks later, his attraction for
the Russian spy Black Widow
led him to commit further acts on the wrong side of the
law. However, Iron Man soon learned of Hawkeye's true
nature and sponsored him for Avengers
Hawkeye has been an active member of the Avengers for
years, with his archery skills augmenting the superhuman
powers of his associates. For a short time, Barton abandoned
his Hawkeye identity, and taking Henry
Pym's growth serum, operated under the name Goliath.
He resumed his Hawkeye identity soon after. He has frequently
taken extended leaves of absence from the Avengers, trying
to establish a career for himself outside of the group.
He was once security chief for Cross Technological Enterprises.
Hawkeye met and eloped with fellow crimefighter Mockingbird
during one of his leaves of absence from the Avengers.
Upon his return, he was appointed the chairman of a second
team of Avengers based on the West Coast by then chairman,
the Vision. Hawkeye and
Mockingbird lived in the new Avengers
Compound outside Los Angeles and were the guiding
force behind the new team.
After years fighting alongside the Avengers, Hawkeye
offered to lead the Thunderbolts.
Sympathetic to their plight as criminals trying to redeem
their past actions, he decided to help them become a legitimate
Height: 6 ft. 3 in. Weight: 230 lbs Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond
Strength level: Hawkeye possesses the normal human strength of
a man of his age, height, and build, who engages in intensive regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: None.
Abilities: Hawkeye has trained himself to become
an expert archer with near-perfect accuracy. He practices
a minimum of two hours per day to keep his skills honed.
He has also had extensive training as an aerialist and
acrobat, and personal tutoring by Captain
America in hand-to-hand combat. Hawkeye possesses
vary keen eyesight and exceptional reflexes. Hawkeye is
80% deaf in both ears, due to an incident, and wears specially-designed
miniature hearing aids.
Weapons: Hawkeye wields a number of custom-made
bows, and carries a quiver containing various gadget-laden
Hawkeye uses a wide variety of arrows, many of which
are custom-built with devices to enhance their effectiveness
in crimefighting. Hawkeye's quiver has the capacity to
carry 36 arrows. Twelve of the 36 arrows have standard
target-point arrowheads, six have 3-bladed broadheads,
and the remaining eighteen have various custom tips. Hawkeye
has recently developed a modular arrowhead system whereby
certain custom arrowheads can be attached to the shafts
of any standard target-point arrow to convert them for
special use. These arrowheads are stored in compartments
on his tunic-belts. Although.
Some of Hawkeye's more technological custom arrows were
designed and built by Anthony Stark. Hawkeye himself designed
the majority of his custom arrows. To aid Hawkeye in locating
the appropriate arrow with speed and accuracy, he has
not only arranged the arrows in his quiver in a set pattern,
he has also notch-coded the hock of each arrow so he can
tell by touch which arrow he is drawing. Hawkeye is constantly
modifying his arsenal of arrows.