Golden Archer (Hawkeye in disguise)


Real Name: Clint Barton

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Troublemaker

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Steve Rogers

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Hawkeye

Base of Operations: New York City, mobile

First Appearance: Captain America I#179 (November, 1974)

Powers/Abilities: The Golden Archer was an expert marksman, able to shoot arrows from a bow with pin-point accuracy. Along with shafts using conventional arrow-heads, the Golden Archer employed the following specialized arrows: a chemical mace arrow, a siren arrow, and a phosphorescent flash arrow.

head shotHistory: (Captain America I#179) Steve Rogers, disillusioned after learning of corruption in the White House at the conclusion of a plot involving the Secret Empire, had retired his Captain America identity.

Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter were walking along the street when they were ambushed and fired upon with arrows. As Steve's jacket was pinned to the wall by two arrows, he was introduced to the Golden Archer, who taunted Rogers with promises of more attacks, and threatened his life. Two more attacks from the Golden Archer followed. On their fourth encounter (outside of Sam Wilson's apartment, where Steve had taken temporary residence), Rogers and the Archer got into a street brawl. Using his fighting skills, Rogers was able to get the upper-hand and beat the Archer. After his defeat, the Golden Archer revealed himself to be Steve's Avengers compatriot, Hawkeye. Hawkeye felt he owed Rogers a good turn because Rogers helped Hawkeye to straighten out his life when he first joined the Avengers. Hawkeye used the masquerade of the Golden Archer to force Steve back into action and to show him he still had the courage and drive to be a hero. Steve told Hawkeye that he didn't want to be Captain America any more, so Hawkeye suggested that he adopt a new identity; this suggestion planted the seeds in Steve's head that eventually gave birth to his "Nomad" identity.

Comments: Created by Steve Englehart and Sal Buscema.

On Earth-712 (the world of the Squadron Supreme) Wyatt MacDonald was first introduced as "Hawkeye" in Avengers I#85 (February, 1971) in his own unique costume. In that character's next appearance in Avengers I#141 (November, 1975) he had taken on the identity of "The Golden Archer" and was wearing a costume that looked very similar to Hawkeye's Golden Archer costume. I don't believe it was ever explained why two characters who came from seperate Earths had costumes that looked so similar, so just write it off to cosmic coincidence, I guess.

Well, it was explained, in Avengers I#141, by the Squadron's Golden Archer himself. "On my world, I was called Hawkeye, but here I had to avoid confusion! It was a good joke to take his name and costume!" (Dialogue edited to remove cockney accent.)

And for anyone who doesn't get the in-joke, Wyatt MACDONALD (GOLDEN ARCHer) is a play on words to the burger joint McDONALD's (GOLDEN ARCHes).

Profile by John Kaminski


The Golden Archer (Hawkeye) has no known connection to:

  • The Golden Archer, Wyatt MacDonald, of the Squadron Supreme @ Avengers I#141
  • anyone else with a similar name

Captain America I#179, p6, pan1
Captain America I#179, p31, pan7,8

Captain America I#179 (November, 1974) - Steve Englehart (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)

Last updated: 12/19/05

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