HAWKEYE

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human (World War II era)

Occupation: Pilot, bombardier

Group Membership: US Air Force

Affiliations: Herbie, Howling Commandos (Isadore "Izzy" Cohen, Timothy "Dum-Dum" Dugan, Nick Fury, Gabe Jones, Dino Manelli, Percival "Pinky" Pinkerton, Robert "Reb" Ralston), Sam Sawyer

Enemies: Nazis

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Able Company base, England

First Appearance: Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#94 (January, 1972)

Powers/Abilities: Hawkeye was an experienced pilot and bombardier, but had cause to question his actions as he became concerned that his missions were costing the lives of innocent civilians.

History: (Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#94) - After several bombing assignments, Hawkeye began to have nightmares of dropping bombs on children, and turned to his superior, Herbie, for help. Herbie gave him a slap in the face and told him to do his missions and not make moral judgments.

    On their next mission, Hawkeye and Herbie flew over a German town where a missile complex was located. Although the Howling Commandos had been sent in advance to warn the civilians of what was coming, they refused to believe them until the planes were overhead. Hawkeye and the other bombers dropped their loads on the missile complex, taking hundreds of civilians with it.

(Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#96) - After this last mission, Hawkeye decided that he had had enough of being a "paid killer," and went to Captain Sam Sawyer, asking to be relieved. Sawyer considered Hawkeye a coward, but Herbie convinced Sawyer to give Hawkeye one last chance. Sawyer assigned Hawkeye and Herbie to return to the town they had bombed and lend air support to the Howling Commandos, who were being pursued by Nazi forces. Although Hawkeye couldn't bring himself to drop bombs on civilians again, he was convinced that on this mission, he would only be targeting Nazi forces. They arrived on the scene just as "Dum-Dum" Dugan and the other Howlers were pinned down by the Nazis near a cliffside.

(Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#97) - Hawkeye found that in the heat of battle, he no longer had time to think on his early reservations, and he cut through the lines of tanks that were advancing on the Howlers. The Nazis turned their attention to Hawkeye and Herbie's plane, and hit the right wing. Losing control, Hawkeye dropped their smoke bombs to help provide cover, and he told Herbie they should bail out. Herbie refused, determined to complete his mission even in the damaged plane, so Hawkeye bailed out alone. Herbie was unable to control the plane, and hit the side of a cliff, dying. Hawkeye met up with the Howling Commandos, who were being led by Dugan because Fury was unconscious due to earlier injuries. He helped them begin to climb the cliff they had been pressed against, and stayed with Dugan and Fury while Robert "Reb" Ralston, Gabe Jones, Dino Manelli, Isadore "Izzy" Cohen, and Percival "Pinky" Pinkerton went up first.

(Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#98 (fb)) - Dugan sent up Fury next, but the smoke Hawkeye had dropped had cleared, and there was no longer any cover for Dugan and Hawkeye. Hawkeye then produced two smoke grenades, and dropped them as he and Dugan started up. Dugan reached the top of the cliff first, with Hawkeye close behind, but a stray shot from a tank hit the cliff near Hawkeye's position, and he fell from the cliff to his death.

Comments: Created by Gary Friedrich, Dick Ayers and Syd Shores.

Hawkeye's rank was lieutenant.

The storyline in Sgt. Fury#94-98 was fraught with a major storytelling glitch when the cliffhanger ending of #97 was pre-empted by the introduction of the Deadly Dozen, and the finale was covered in a flashback. Not only did the Deadly Dozen go on to face a number of second-guessing and sudden changes at Friedrich's hands (see the Deadly Dozen profile for details), but the capture of Eric Koenig in #97 was never resolved. He simply showed up in Sgt. Fury#106 (alongside Dino Manelli and Pinky Pinkerton, who were supposed to be in the Deadly Dozen), with no explanation for his return.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Hawkeye should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#98, page 7, panel 5


Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#96-98 (March-May, 1972) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Dick Ayers (pencils), Jim Mooney (#96-97) & Mike Esposito (#98) (inks), Stan Lee (editor)

Last updated: 09/05/05

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