Tales Of Suspense #57 (1964): Hawkeye, The Marksman!

You know that Hawkeye-Black Widow romance we kinda see in the Avengers movie?  Here’s where it all began.

Hawkeye (we never know his real name in this issue) is a circus performer who is inspired by Iron Man to become a do-gooder, so he tries to stop a jewelry store robbery, but the cops figure he’s the thief, not a good Samaritan, so he goes on the lam where he’s picked up in a car driven by…the daring, dazzling, dangerous Black Widow!! (Adjectives and double !! are all Stans.)  She uses her feminine wiles to persuade Hawkeye to fight Iron Man. They lose the fight and Hawkeye and Black Widow run off together. 

I’d love to know how well Green Arrow books were selling at this time, that Stan felt that Marvel also needed a guy with trick arrows.

Creators: Stan Lee, Don Heck

First appearance: Hawkeye

Grade: B-. Way above average for your typical 1964 Iron Man story, and slightly above average compared to all other 1964 Marvel books.



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