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Earth's Mightiest Costumes: Hawkeye

Follow Clint Barton's fashion evolution from Avenging Archer to samurai warrior and back again.

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"And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth's mightiest heroes and heroines found themselves united against a common threat. On that day, the Avengers were born-to fight the foes no single super hero could withstand!"

As the Heroic Age dawns on the Marvel Universe and we prepare for a new chapter in the ongoing saga of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, each Friday Marvel.com will present a different column focusing on the one and only Avengers. From line-ups to costumes to villains to classic stories and beyond, we've got you covered on the history of Marvel's most prolific team of heroes!

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By TJ Dietsch

Whether he's gone by Hawkeye, Goliath or Ronin, Clint Barton has been a stalwart Avenger from nearly the beginning--joining in 1965's AVENGERS #16. He's come and gone more than once, but he can always be relied upon to launch a timely rescue, found the West Coast Avengers or even sacrifice his life in battle with The Scarlet Witch.

He's also sported more than a couple different looks over the years, so let's check them out.

 
Original Hawkeye

Like many early Marvel characters, Hawkeye's costume went for quite a while with only basic alterations to style and coloring after first appearing in 1964's TALES OF SUSPENSE #57 where Iron Man mistook him for a thief. Soon enough, Clint, along with Captain America, Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch were Earth's Mightiest after the original Avengers decided to take a break. Some might question the stylistic choice to adorn oneself in all purple, but Barton easily pulls it off.

 

 
Goliath

Not wanting to let his team down following a bow-breaking battle, Barton took some size-changing Pym particles and became the new Goliath. The costume started off as another purple-themed set of duds as seen on the cover of 1969's AVENGERS #63, but soon turned into a red mask/shoulder and pants combination with a blue harness. Barton kept this identity for several years until the "Kree/Skrull War" storyline in 1972.

 
Hawkeye Armor

Clint finally got another new look in 1990, but it didn't prove a happy change. In an effort to take on street crime, Hawkeye got ambushed and shot multiple times, which resulted in him donning an armored costume in AVENGERS SPOTLIGHT #30-35.

 

 

 

The Crossing

As the '90s rolled on, the Avengers found themselves dealing with an insane Tony Stark, Kang the Conqueror and a slew of time travel headaches in "The Crossing." Hawkeye returned in a new costume similar to his classic outfit, but sleeker and allowing his hair to flow. Again, this costume didn't last very long thanks to Onslaught seemingly killing many of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four as well as several other heroes.

 
House of M

While he ended up coming back from Onslaught, Hawkeye appeared to lose his life once more in 2004's AVENGERS #502. In HOUSE OF M, The Scarlet Witch alters reality, which brings Clint Barton back in a familiar, but different costume.

 

 

 

Captain America

After the death of Captain America, Clint confronted Iron Man and became Captain America for a night, which brought him in direct contact with Kate Bishop, the Young Avenger using the codename Hawkeye in 2007's FALLEN SON: THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA #3. Barton quickly gave up the identity only to pick up another.

 
Ronin

In the pages of NEW AVENGERS, Barton assumed another hero's identity, this time going by Ronin and joining the team on a trip to Japan to save the original user of that name, Maya Lopez, from Elektra and the Hand. Lopez gave Barton permission to keep using the codename, which he did throughout "Secret Invasion" and "Dark Reign," coinciding with the return of his lady love Bobbi "Mockingbird" Morse back into his life.

 

 
Return to Hawkeye

With the new Heroic Age on the horizon, Barton will be celebrating by going back to his purple roots, reclaiming the Hawkeye identity from Bullseye, who has been wearing the costume as part of Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers. The rechristened and updated Avenging Archer will have a prominent spot in the Marvel U., serving with the Avengers as well as starring in his new ongoing series, HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD, launching in June.

 

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13 comments
tommy1965
tommy1965

Yea bro the "Apache" look was awsome too,if not practical,lol. That was also the time the writers really had him pegged, he was brimming with confidence,one of the best Avengers runs ever.

professorhulk
professorhulk

WHAT APACHE COSTUME??!! SOMEONE GIVE ME A LINK PLEASE!!!! IM DYING HERE!!!

ageightyeight
ageightyeight

[quote@revnorb How exactly does one write an article on Hawkeye's costumes and completely OMIT an entire look? I believe the "Apache" costume was worn starting with Hawkeye's first return to being Hawkeye ((as opposed to Goliath)), and ended when he started palling around with the Defenders. Still, he wore those togs for a good year or so. And how exactly is it that no image of the red/blue Goliath uniform made it into the article? This is really a poor effort. I can find better discussions about Hawkeye's uniforms on fan sites. :hawkeye:[/quote] I dont' disagree that a more comprehensive Hawkeye site would be fantastic but any exposure for our purple costumed adventurer is positive in light of his new series. When I originally came across the "Apache" costume I was impressed. It was simple, to the point and Clint was Clint.

AveJoe
AveJoe

Very glad to see Clint back as Hawkeye. I have to admit that I never liked Ronin, not because he wasn't a cool character it was just that Hawkeye was so much better.www.comicsninja.com

bds197485
bds197485

I too wish that Clint would retain his Ronin uniform. Since he's leaving the NA for the Avengers, guess a costume change is in store.

Zajdalen
Zajdalen

Way to go Clint! :hawkeye:

argos_jason1
argos_jason1

I'm disappointed they have decided to return to the hawkeye look over the Ronin. you would think that after the way Bullseye used the identity, and with the Young avenger using his name, he would stick with ronin. I distinctly recall Bullseye slaughtering a bunch of people like a news team and some civilians. Thats not the sort of thing everyone will just forget about and play nice nice with the new/old guy. Im guessing they are making this change "just" for the hawkeye fans. Just give Ronin a bow to use more often and call it a day. Plus the Hawkeye look is pretty well dated. it will need a real over hall to make it cool again, and then your just keeping the Wolverine style mask. and while im aware that hawkeye had it first, wolverine made it famous.

revnorb
revnorb

How exactly does one write an article on Hawkeye's costumes and completely OMIT an entire look? I believe the "Apache" costume was worn starting with Hawkeye's first return to being Hawkeye ((as opposed to Goliath)), and ended when he started palling around with the Defenders. Still, he wore those togs for a good year or so. And how exactly is it that no image of the red/blue Goliath uniform made it into the article? This is really a poor effort. I can find better discussions about Hawkeye's uniforms on fan sites. :hawkeye:

Booyahs
Booyahs

Don't forget the "indian" or "apache" look Clint had with the headband around issue #104 to 107, somewhere around there!!! Now if only Marvel will bring back the Vision to his original self and not some lovestruck teen.

ageightyeight
ageightyeight

It's amazing how many different costumes (superhero identities) Clint Barton has worn! What's even more amazing is that no matter the costume (identity) Barton always comes off as a premier hero. I believe the costumes (identities) help to reflect what the character is going through, especially Barton. I'm always glad to see the Hawkeye costume! It personifies "The Heroic Age"!

ultimatespidy13
ultimatespidy13

im so happy that clint is going back to hawkeye but i liked ronin. anyhow any writer that ever drew him your awesome.

bds197485
bds197485

Any artist that has the privelige of drawing Hawkeye has to enjoy it. He does look awesome in his costumes, especially Ronin.