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Hawkeye (I)

Real 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 his act.

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 membership.

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 superhero team.

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 "trick" arrows.

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.

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