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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hawkeye Key Issue Comics Part 2

More Hawkeye key issues Part 2 of this series, and they lean more or so as character specific. Most of these are over-looked in the market currently.

If you're a fan of the character, these listed here may be ones to consider snagging up. If not so much a fan, I think most of these in Part 2 are pretty much low-end (risky) speculation comics in terms of comic investing.

Just my two cents on the matter, but regardless, some of these issues are interesting in the evolution of the character. If you missed Part 1, that blue link will bring you back to it. Otherwise, here's Part 2 and hope you enjoy!

1st appearance of Charles 'Barney" Barton
Clint Barton identity revealed

Another character from Clint Barton's past surfaces in the pages of the Avengers, and this time it's Barney Barton. Yep, that is Hawkeye's brother, and since he's introduced to the other members of the Avengers, Clint Barton reveals his identity to his teammates.

Hawkeye is still Goliath in this issue, and it's strange that Clint Barton has been seen countless times without a mask on but none of his teammates bothered to learn his name.

Charles "Barney" Barton supposedly dies in this issue, but he is brought back later. Charles Barton would also become a costumed villain for Clint Barton later on down the road. May, 1969 was when Avengers #64 was published, and it's pretty over-looked in the market currently.

1st appearance Squadron Supreme
1st Wyatt MacDonald Hawkeye

Okay, here's another weird but highly minor key issue that pertains to the character of Hawkeye. Clint Barton is still Goliath in this issue, but with the 1st appearance of the Squadron Supreme, there is a character that is also called Hawkeye.

This character is Wyatt MacDonald from the alternate universe of Earth 712 and went under the codename of Hawkeye before taking his more recognized identity of Golden Archer.

Wyatt MacDonald would appear next in Avengers #86 under the Hawkeye codename as well. Clint Barton also used the persona of Golden Archer once and was the first to appear as the character. Wyatt MacDonald would not appear as the Golden Archer until the Squadron Supreme's 3rd appearance in Avengers #141 published November, 1975.

So, some weird tid-bits concerning the character or name of Hawkeye in the Marvel Universe, and it's pretty much an  over-looked 1st appearance. Actually, this issue marks the 1st appearances of all the original members of the Squad Supreme such as Nighthawk, American Eagle, Tom Thumb, Lady Lark, Golden Archer (Hawkeye in this issue), Doctor Spectrum, Hyperion, and Whizzer.

Avengers #85 was published February, 1971.

1st Hawkeye as Golden Archer

This one is a weird and highly minor key issue, but apparently Steve Rodgers is disenchanted with the U.S. government and his role as Captain America. Not the first time, but he quits being the iconic American symbol of freedom.

Suddenly, a villainous Golden Archer turns up and heckles Steve Rodgers. He warns him that he will attack others as well.

It was later revealed that the Golden Archer is actually Hawkeye, and he wanted to inspire Cap not to quit and take up his mantle again. Hawkeye reveals that he is grateful to Captain America for giving him a 2nd chance and that he was needed in the hero world.

Hawkeye convinces Cap not to quit being a superhero, but doesn't convince him to return to being Captain America. However, it was Hawkeye who inspired Steve Rodgers to take up the identity of another costumed hero, and that hero would be Nomad.

Captain America #179 was published November, 1974.

1st issue to 1st self-titled limited series
1st meeting of Hawkeye and Mockingbird

Although a limited series, it would take a long time for the character of Hawkeye to get his own self-titled series. This issue also sees the first meeting between Hawkeye and Mocking Bird or Bobbi Morse.

Hawkeye has quit the Avengers during this time and is head of security at Cross Tech, which the company will appear in the upcoming Ant-Man film. In the 4th and final issue of this series, it's shown that Mockingbird and Hawkeye are a couple.

September, 1983 is the publishing date for Hawkeye #1 volume 1.

Hawkeye appointed West Coast team leader
Vision becomes the Avengers chairman

A minor key issue for now, but it's still an interesting issue in terms of the Avengers and Hawkeye's fate within the team during this era of comics. So, Vision becomes the Avengers chairman and decides that it might be best if the team had a branch on the West Coast.

The decision came about to combat the upcoming threat of the Dire Wraiths, which were a deviant off-shoot of the Skrulls. This menace first appeared in ROM #1, and the Dire Wraiths were his main nemesis.

James Gunn has also came out and said he's a huge ROM fan, but Marvel doesn't own the actual rights to the character. In this issue, Vision appoints Hawkeye as the leader of their West Coast division and this act would produce an Avengers spin-off title that most of us already know about.

May, 1984 was when this comic was published.

1st appearance of Avengers West Coast

The Avengers split into two branches, and this issue marks the first appearance of the West Coast Avengers. This team, as appointed by the Vision, is headed by none other than the master archer Hawkeye.

Being that this is the first appearance of the West Coast Avengers and the 1st issue, it's natural to say that a boat load of characters join the team in this issue. Of course, Hawkeye and Mockingbird join the team in this issue.

Other original members who join up in this issue are Tigra, Wonderman, and James Rhodes as Iron Man. Would be interesting if Marvel/Disney had plans to spin-off the Avengers into another branch within their cinematic universe.

May not be all that far-fetched since many of the older cast member's contracts are expiring soon, and quite a few have said that they are tiring of the gig. Who knows though? 

A semi-important key issue pertaining to Hawkeye, and West Coast Avengers #1 was published September, 1984. This is the four issue limited series.

1st appearance of Trick Shot
1st issue to titled series

Okay, this series was pretty short-lived back in the day, but it does introduce a villain specific to Hawkeye. That villain is Trick Shot, another marvel of an archer who uses his skills for the dark side but has also been an ally of Hawkeye's as well.

The original Trick Shot was Buck Chishom, and the character was used to tell an expanded story of Clint Barton's origin. This issue also starts this expanded origin as well.

Chisholm was also a member of the Carson Carnival of Traveling Wonders, and agreed to teach Jacques Duquesne's young pupil how to master the bow after losing a large sum of money to the Swordsman in a poker game. Jacques Duquesne also agreed to wipe out the debt if Chisholm did so.

Don't think this is really a retcon, but more of an expansion of Hawkeye's brief origin in Avengers #19. Still, if you're a fan of Hawkeye, snagging Solo Avengers #1-5 might be good ones to put on your want list. Solo Avengers #1 was published December, 1987.

As stated in Part 1, we've whipped by the Bronze Age and will probably whip by the Copper Age concerning Hawkeye key issue comics. Hawkeye was a long time supporting character of the Avengers, but this series is more of a character's key issue list than an Avengers key issues list.

Hawkeye would remain a supporting character in many titles and wouldn't really star in his own recurring solo adventures until the first Hawkeye miniseries and Solo Avengers titles. The next two headlining titles for the character would also be short comic series as well.

It's surprising and not so surprising that his first on-going titled series wouldn't happen until recent times. The PREVIOUS link below will bring you back to Part 1 of this series. Part 3 is ready so click the link below to continue with more Hawkeye key comics.


  1. Hey Mayhem,

    I know you are not exactly what one could call a fan of modern comics, but this one was too tempting for me, so I had to ask: What would you think is a reasonable price for a Spider-Gwen 1 in 9,8 signed by Stan the man? Right now the price is somewhere between 100 an 120 bucks...

    Speculation Jones

    1. $100 bucks sounds reasonable, but I'd shoot for $80 bucks if they have a best offer.

    2. Hi TCM,

      thanks for your thoughts! Bought it for 100 $ - I just wanted to own at least one marvel comic signed by the legend himself. Do you own any? I mean, I don' t know how old he is, and I sure wish him eternal life, but you know, one day we all have to leave our collections :-( Will be happy to give this special item to my next generation...

      Speculation Jones

    3. Hey S. J.,

      I don' t believe it! This guy was born 1922 and is 92 years old! He' s like the Michael Jordan of comics. Any comic signed by Stan Lee is a good investment in my eyes.

      Max Rebo

    4. Heya Speculation Jones...nope...not that big on Signature Series but I do agree that a Stan Lee signature would be awesome to Rebo stated he is like the Michael Jordan of comics.

  2. Hey Mayhem,

    I just finished reading my copy of Daredevil 158 and noticed that it has a 40 cent price-tag. However, there are also copies which have 35 cent slabbed on the cover. Is there a difference in value? Hope you can help.


    1. As far as I know, and I could be wrong, there isn't a 35 cent variant for Daredevil #158. That issue was the transition between 35 cent and the price hike to 40 cents, and as far as I know, the 35 cent cover was a proof that was never published. It's suppose to be 40 cents for the published version. If there are actual copies of DD 158 with 35 cents on the cover, they are extremely rare but I've yet to see one. So, yes, if they do exist there would be a value difference.