SITTING BULLSEYE

Real Name: Olivier Bedwette

Identity/Class: Human, uses conventional weapons-user

Occupation: Professional criminal;
    formerly ran survival course;
    former government agent

Group Membership: Band of the Bland (Black Hole/Morton Kribbee, Doctor Angst/Floyd Mangles Spanker/Fred Hovel, Tillie the Hun/Matilda von Tromp);
    formerly Central Intelligence Agency

Affiliations: Presumably le Beaver (Pierre Dentfris), Black Talon (Thibodaux Boudreaux), Jackpot, Jokester, Greedy Killerwatt, Kong Lomerate, Maller, Pro-Rata, Puffin, Quizling, and Wally Sidney (see comments);
    unrevealed relationship with
Brotherhood of Evil Prepositions (Amonger, Arounder, Betweener, Of, Underneather, Withiner), Galactongue

Enemies: Critic, Defenders (Dr. Stephen Strange, Hulk/Bruce Banner, Nighthawk/Kyle Richmond, Valkyrie/Brunnhilde), Howard the Duck, Louise Mason, New York Police Department (NYPD), She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters), Beverly Switzler, Terror (Laslo Pevely), Brent Wilcox;
    presumably Andy the Angel, Chirreep, Jennifer Kale, Korrek, Master C'haaj, Hemlock Shoals, Claude Starkowski (see comments)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Tonto" (nicknamed by unidentified member of the NYPD

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly Cleveland, Ohio;
    briefly
Dr. Angst's apartment over the seedy Feelgood's Funhouse massage parlor, somewhere in Manhattan, New York

First Appearance: Marvel Treasury Edition#12 (1976)

Powers: None. Sitting Bullseye is skilled in conventional weaponry, especially the bow and arrow. He tended to use blunt arrows to strike with concussive force, although he also head special arrows (a la Hawkeye), such as a vibratory arrow).

    He was also experienced with traditional firearms.

    He is easily recognized by the large bullseye in the middle of his chest.

History: (Marvel Treasury Edition#12 (fb) - BTS/ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z#1) - Olivier Bedwette was a member of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

    He was sent to infiltrate a Native American reservation or tribe in an effort to link them to illegal alcohol production.

    Bedwette learned archery and other skills from the Native Americans.

    When his motives were discovered by the tribe, they tattooed a target on his chest and chased him off of the reservation. He was subsequently fired from the CIA.

(Marvel Treasury Edition#12 (fb) - BTS) - Embittered, he adopted the identity of Sitting Bullseye.

(Marvel Treasury Edition#12 (fb) - BTS) - Sitting Bullseye -- along with the Black Hole, Spanker, and Tillie the Hun -- was contacted by Doctor Angst and iinstructed to meet in Central Park at midnight.

(Marvel Treasury Edition#12) - The recruits met, introduced themseves, and discussed their background, although when Sitting Bullseye tried to continue after discussing his being fired, Tillie silenced him. After their illegal campfire, attracted the NYPD, the recruits took out the police. Angst then introduced himself and told them that while they were all washouts thus far, he offered them the chance to achieve fame and wealth by joining him in a mission to assassinate Howard the Duck, who was at the time the presidential candidate for the All Night Party.

    After Sitting Bullseye and the others joined Angst at his apartment over the seedy Feelgood's Funhouse massage parlor, he tricked them into believing he had enhanced their powers with the mystic placebo known as Promethium.

    After Angst arranged a spell that took out Dr. Strange, Sitting Bullseye and the other three broke into Dr. Strange's sanctum sanctorum, to which Howard had unwittingly traveled with Beverly Switzler seeking a room for rent.

    As Sitting Bullseye squared off against the Valkyrie, Howard -- who had been granted mystic power by Strange's astral self, transported the combatants to the field at Shea Stadium.

    Although he used a vibratory arrow to make Valkyrie drop her sword, Dragonfang, the powerful Valkyrie simply rushed forward and punched Sitting Bullseye in the torso, flattening him.

    After Howard and the Defenders defeated Angst and the rest of his agents, Dr. Strange recalled the combatants to his sanctum and revealed that Promethium was just a mystic placebo.

The Band was defeated by Howard and the Defenders. Angst was sent to prison, and although the others probably went as well, they were released before he was.

(Steve Gerber's unpublished script for Howard the Duck#1 "Secret Crisis II" (fb) - BTS) - Sitting Bullseye was transported -- along with Dr. Angst, Black Hole, Spanker, Tillie the Hun), as well as le Beaver, Black Talon, Bzzk J'oh, Dr. Bong, Jackpot, Jokester, Greedy Killerwatt, Kong-Lomerate, Maller, Pro-Rata, Puffin, Quizling, and Wally Sidney -- to within a giant fire hydrant-like construct in an interdimensional space between Reality-616 and Reality-791021 (mirroring the storyline generated by the dark matter-powered Poporb of Krylorian techno-artist Chirreep).

    In addition to this  construct, a motorhome (specifically a Winnebago)-like structure -- containing Andy the Angel, Dakimh the Enchanter, Jennifer Kale, Korrek the Barbarian, Man-Thing, Master C'haaj, Hemlock Shoals, Claude Starkowski -- was also present.

(Steve Gerber's unpublished script for Howard the Duck#1 "Secret Crisis II") - After Howard the Duck encountered the Winnebago group, Hemlock Shoals identified the hydrant group. Dakimh noted that, apart from their evil, they seemed to have little in common...except that they all wanted Howard dead.

    The monstrous mouth known as Galactongue subsequently appeared and disgorged an entire galaxy. As the contents formed a planet with an immense office building, t
he Brotherhood of Evil Prepositions (Amonger, Arounder, Betweener, Of, Underneather, Withiner) then arrived and challenged both groups to "Play both ends against the middle, and all you desire shall be yours."

    Both groups were transported to the office building on the planet formed from contents disgorged by Galactongue; Sitting Bullseye's group arrived in the boardroom.


(Steve Gerber's unpublished script for Howard the Duck#1 "Secret Crisis II") - Sitting Bullsye sat on Doctor Angst's side of the table (as opposed to Doctor Bong's side), third down from Angst, directly between Black Hole and Tillie the Hun.

(Steve Gerber's unpublished script for Howard the Duck#1 "Secret Crisis II" - BTS) - Kong Lomerate led the villains in a plot to destroy the other group.

    While Kong led Maller, Jackpot, and Greedy Killerwatt to attack Howard and Chireep, Sitting Bullseye was presumably involved with another part of their divide-and-conquer strategy, likely targeting Andy the Angel, Dakimh the Enchanter, Jennifer Kale, Korrek the Barbarian, Man-Thing, Master C'haaj (sp?), Hemlock Shoals, and Claude Starkowski.

   
Sitting Bullseye's involvement in the remainder of the conflict is unrevealed.

(Sensational She-Hulk I#15-17) - He was one of four mediocre would-be super-villains recruited by Dr. angst to form the Band of the Bland. Their first mission was to assassinate Howard the Duck, who was at the time the presidential candidate for the All Night Party. Angst duped them into believing that they were in it solely to rise above their current levels and achieve fame. Angst himself was doing it for profit, as he was hired by unnamed parties. He also tricked them into believing he had enhanced their powers with the mystic placebo known as Promethium. The Band was defeated by Howard and the Defenders.

(Sensational She-Hulk I#15 (fb) - BTS) - Sitting Bullseye was presumably sent to prison. After he was presumptive release, Sitting Bullseye made a living running a survival training course.

(Sensational She-Hulk I#15-17) - Years later, Angst escaped from prison to instrument a plot he had begun at the time of his imprisonment. Angst convinced Sitting Bullseye and the rest of his group to reorganize as the Band of the Bland and assist him in his plot, the Cosmic Squish Principle. Essentially, Angst sought to release a multitude of previous compacted pocket universes, the Encroachiverses, to squish the rest of the Earth dimension. He established five locus points in five equally mediocre places: a square block in Manhattan including Rad Ronin Fujiyama Funhous; Henderson, Nevada; El Segundo, California; most of New Jersey; and the planet Sqazzl. Within these five loci, Angst would create a new universe, the Insipiverse, which they could rule. This plot was foiled by a team composed of Howard (surprisingly enough), the Critic, Louise Mason, She-Hulk, the Terror, and Brent Wilcox. Sitting Bullseye took a heavy beating from the Terror, a retired golden age superhero.

Comments: Created by Steve Gerbe, Sal Buscema & Klaus Janson.

    I believe the group wasn't called the Band of the Bland until the Sensational She-Hulk arc. I didn't get into those issues for this update.

    Whether the Band went to prison is unclear, as I'm not sure there's any law against attempting to destroy the universe.

Sitting Bullseye's real name was revealed in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z#1 (2006).

    Gerber's unpublished script (http://www.stevegerber.com/writings/scripts/index.php3):


images: (without ads)
Sensational She-Hulk I#15, p17, pan7 (Sitting Bullseye main image)
Sensational She-Hulk I#16, p13, pan5 (Sitting Bullseye commands)
(Sitting Bullseye first appearance)


Appearances:
Marvel Treasury Edition#12 (1976) - Steve Gerber (writer), Sal Buscmea (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
unpublished Howard the Duck story by Gerber - 1985
Sensational She-Hulk I#14-17 (May-July, 1990) - Steve Gerber (writer), Bryan Hitch (pencils), Jim Sanders III (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)


First Posted: 12/24/2001
Last Updated: 03/28/2020

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