TRICK SHOT

Real Name: Buck Chisholm

Identity/Class: Human, athlete/technology user;
    secret identity known to past carnival associates, such as Bullet Biker (Dillon Zarro), Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Swordsman (Jacques DuQuesne)

Occupation: Mercenary/assassin, professional criminal; former circus performer

Group Membership: Formerly Carson's Carnival of Traveling Wonders

Affiliations: Batroc's Brigade (Batroc, Machete/Ferdinand Lopez, Maximillian Zaran), Dr. Blake, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Mockingbird (Bobbi Morse), Swordsman (Jacques DuQuesne);
    employed a number of agents, including Arnie, Elmo, and Harry
    presumably Bullet Biker
    everyone at the AIM Weapons Expo;
    formerly Barney Barton, Javelynn, Secret Empire, Viper (Ophelia Sarkissian)

Enemies: Baron Zemo, Bio-Coms (first and second generation), Brothers Grimm, Bobcat, Bullet Biker, Crossfire, Death-Throws (Bombshell, Oddball/Elton Healy, Knickknack, Ringleader, Tenpin), French government, Javelynn, Mad Dog (Buzz Baxter), Marko and his wife, Razor-Fist (Douglas Scott), Secret Empire, Silver Sable and the Wild Pack, Trickshot (Barney Barton), Viper (Ophelia Sarkissian)
    formerly Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Rover (bio-com)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Trickshot, Trick-Shot, World's Greatest Archer

Base of Operations: Mobile;
    formerly the Secret Empire base in Amazonian South America;
    formerly the Secret Empire base in Crying Woman Canyon in the Canadian Rockies, near the Arctic circle;
    formerly mobile with Carson's Carnival of Traveling Wonders;
    place of birth unrevealed

Education: High school dropout

First Appearance: (Partial) Solo Avengers#1 (December, 1987);
    (full) Solo Avengers#2 (January, 1988)

Powers/Abilities: Trick Shot is a superb archer with almost perfect accuracy, a combination of natural skill and extensive training. He is a decent streetfighter, but is overweight and does not regularly exercise beyond archery practice.

    Trick Shot typically uses a small standard bow and target-point arrows, plus various "trick" arrows, including exploding, smoke bomb, snare, bola/entangling arrows and his signature 360 degree arrow, which possesses a curved shaft and follows an arcing path, turning 90, 180, or even 360 degrees as desired, depending on how long it travels before striking a target.

 

 

 

 

    Trick Shot briefly employed a group of mercenary assassins specially trained against archers and employing Karate skills as well as weapons such as bazookas, jai alai-like cesta and balls, steel arm protectors to block arrows, karate chops to shatter his bow, steel-plated fist guards, handguns and shuriken/throwing stars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Height: 6'2"
Weight: 287 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown

History:
(Solo Avengers#2 (fb) / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #9: Ronin) - Trick Shot became the "new star of the show" at the Carson Carnival of Traveling Wonders.

(Solo Avengers#13 (fb) - BTS) - Trick Shot worked alongside other acts such as stunt biker Dillon Zarro (the future Bullet Biker).

(Solo Avengers#2 (fb)) - While the young Clint Barton was being trained by the Swordsman (Jacques DuQuesne), a beer-swilling Trick Shot interrupted, filling their target full of arrows and noting that Barton wasn't half bad.

(Solo Avengers#2 (fb) / Hawkeye: Blindspot#1 (fb)) - After Trick Shot had begun to steal the top spot at the carnival from the Swordsman, Swordsman won a lot of money off of Trick Shot at poker, then offered to forget it if he taught Barton archery, hoping to add extra appeal to their act. After a few months, Barton proved to be a great talent.

(Hawkeye III#2 (fb) / Hawkeye: Blindspot#1 (fb)) - Trick Shot decided Barton was ready to work with him to sucker people in bars for money, planning to teach him a few scams.

(Hawkeye III#3 (fb)) - After the Swordsman got in trouble with a loan shark, Trick Shot offered to use both himself and Barton to help him, but Swordsman declined, deriding Trick Shot's bar scams and correcting his own name as Jacques; Trick Shot told him that he'd end up getting both knees broken by loan sharks for acting like that.

(Solo Avengers#2 (fb)) - When Barton, now known as Hawkeye, discovered Swordsman stealing from the carnival's paymaster, Swordsman injured Hawkeye and prepared to slay him, but Trick Shot arrived, followed by Clint's brother, Barney, and chased off the Swordsman.

(Hawkeye III#3 (fb)) - When Barney asked what happened, Trick Shot told him that Clint was going to squeal on something that was none of his business. Barney asked if the Swordsman was guilty, and Trick Shot told him, "Don't know. Don't care. You don't rat out on your family, no matter what."

(Solo Avengers#2 (fb)) - As Barton recovered, Trick Shot offered to continue training him for an unspecified price to be paid in the future.

(Solo Avengers#2 (fb) / Hawkeye: Blindspot#1 (fb)) - As Barton recovered, Trick Shot continued to train him to be a master archer, introducing him to the concept of the gimmick arrow, such as Trick Shot's own specialty, a slightly curved arrow that could be fired along a curved line. Though Trick Shot's sadistic nature sickened Barton, Barton was desperate to learn his skills and continued to train under him.
    Trick Shot periodically vanished for a few days while training Barton. Barton continued to train on his own, eventually impressing Trick Shot with his skill.

(Solo Avengers#2 (fb) / Hawkeye III#5 (fb) / Hawkeye: Blindspot#1 (fb)) - When Barton's legs were completely healed, rather than letting him return to the carnival, Trick Shot took him on a special job to take out the criminal Marko, who had been skimming money from his superiors. While Trick Shot confronted and slew Marko and then Marko's wife when she heard him cry out, Hawkeye took out Marko's men as they attempted to come to Marko's aid. When Clint took out his own brother, Barney (secretly an undercover FBI agent), he refused to leave when Trick Shot ordered their departure. The two archers challenged each other, and Trick Shot easily won, pinning Barton to a tree with a quartet of arrows. Noting he only killed for money and his own pleasure, Trick Shot left, telling Barton he owed him big and the price was his life. As he departed, Trick Shot told him he would wait until Barton had made something of his life and had something worth losing, at which point he would return and kill Barton.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89#7: Trick Shot) - Trick Shot presumably spent the next few years working as a mercenary and assassin from well paying clients.

(Solo Avengers#1) - Trick Shot tested a quintet of his specially weaponed assassins intended to assault Hawkeye, after which another agent confirmed that Hawkeye was planning a show at Los Angeles' Coliseum. Pleased by this information, Trick Shot prepared to send his assassins there and was anxious to see how Hawkeye had progressed over the years, noting that Hawkeye owed him a debt that could only be repaid in blood. Soon after, Trick Shot used knockout gas via one of his turning curved arrows to incapacitate the clowns Hawkeye was supposed to oppose in the show; Trick Shot's agents then disguised themselves in the clowns' costumes . When Hawkeye raced in to start the show, Trick Shot's agents used a bazooka to unhorse him and then attacked him en force. Swiftly realizing the true threat, Hawkeye defeated his six attackers despite his bow being shattered in mid-battle, using fists and hand thrown arrows against them.

(Solo Avengers#1/2 - BTS) - Arriving late to the show, Mockingbird decided to meet up with Hawkeye in his dressing room, found the unconscious clowns, and was attacked by six  more of Trick Shot's agents. Attempting to end the struggle, Trick Shot fired a flaming arrow towards some wrecked cars, but Mockingbird caught it with her feet and stopped it from igniting the cars' gas tanks.

(Solo Avengers#1 - BTS/ Solo Avengers#1/2 - BTS) - Mockingbird showed Hawkeye a curved arrow she had found, and Hawkeye recognized it as belonging to Trick Shot. He admitted this to Mockingbird and promised her he wouldn't go after Trick Shot alone, but crossed his fingers as he did so.

(Solo Avengers#1) - Confident that Hawkeye had learned who had sent the assassins, Trick Shot prepared to prove who was the world's greatest archer.

(Solo Avengers#2 - BTS) - Trick Shot sent Hawkeye a one-way ticket to Paris along with a death challenge.

(Solo Avengers#3 (fb) - BTS) - After Hawkeye arrived in Paris, Trick Shot arranged for Batroc's Brigade (Batroc, Machete/Ferdinand Lopez, Maximillian Zaran) to ambush him.

(Solo Avengers#4 (fb) - BTS) - Knowing that Hawkeye was seeking Trick Shot, Silver Sable planned to capture Hawkeye and allow to escape to lead her to Trick Shot.

(Solo Avengers#3 - BTS) - Batroc's Brigade gave Hawkeye an invitation from Trick Shot to meet him at the Notre Dame cathedral, then ambushed him there. No sooner had Hawkeye defeated his three attackers than he was confronted by Silver Sable and her Wild Pack. Sable announced Hawkeye's arrest in the name of France for the murder of Trick Shot.

(Solo Avengers#4) - As expected, Hawkeye escaped Silver Sable's custody and prepared to locate Trick Shot to prove his own innocence, but Trick Shot instead ambushed him, shooting him in the chest with an arrow that dropped him.

(Solo Avengers#5) - Trick Shot brought Hawkeye to one of the uninhabited Greek isles, supplied him with a bow and arrows, and challenged him to a death match. Trick Shot repeatedly goaded Hawkeye and eventually confronted him with a face to face duel, but Hawkeye, having realized that Trick Shot could have killed him several times if he had wanted to, deliberately missed, as did Trick Shot. Pushed by Hawkeye to explain himself, the frustrated Trick Shot revealed he was dying of cancer and wanted to go out fighting rather than die in a hospital bed. Trick Shot told Hawkeye he owed him and it was Hawkeye's duty to kill him, but Hawkeye refused, instead promising to help Trick Shot face what was to come.

(Avengers Spotlight#25 (fb) - BTS) - Trick Shot's doctors announced he was in remission. Deciding that heroes never died, Trick Shot decided to try to switch sides.

(Avengers Spotlight#22 (fb) - BTS) - Crossfire put out a contract on Hawkeye's arm.

(Avengers Spotlight#23) - Trick Shot confronted Hawkeye after he escaped but was wounded by assaults from the Brothers Grimm, Bobcat, Mad Dog, Bullet Biker, and the Death-Throws.

(Avengers Spotlight#24) - Hawkeye assumed Trick Shot to be another would-be assassin until Trick Shot took down Knickknack who was trying to take out Hawkeye from behind. After taking Hawkeye to an alley and patching him up, Trick Shot explained that someone had put a price on either of his arms (with payment only occurring if Hawkeye remained alive). Not trusting Trick Shot, when Trick Shot went to check if the coast was clear, Hawkeye fled.

(Avengers Spotlight#25 (fb) - BTS) - Realizing someone had planted an electronic bug on Hawkeye, Trick Shot contacted and informed Mockingbird, who used her SHIELD training to patch into the same frequency to locate Hawkeye.

(Avengers Spotlight#25) - As Hawkeye faced off against Crossfire, the Brothers Grimm, Bobcat, Mad Dog, Bullet Biker, Razor-Fist and the Death-Throws, Mockingbird and Trick Shot arrived to help him. As they weeded out the competition, Trick Shot took a knife to the chest from Knickknack. Hawkeye and Mockingbird took out the remaining assassins, and the Mockingbird took care of Trick Shot while Hawkeye took down Crossfire. After explaining his motivations to Hawkeye and telling Hawkeye to make sure he maintained his relationship with Mockingbird, Trick Shot was taken away in an ambulance.

(Captain America I#411) - Present at AIM's weapons expo in Boca Caliente, Trick Shot attended the challenge between Batroc the Leaper and Crossbones (who was actually being impersonated by Captain America/Steve Rogers via Sersi's transmutation powers). He presumably remained to watch "Crossbones" battle Mad Dog, Ramrod, and General Wo.

(Captain America I#412 - BTS) - Trick Shot presumably remained to watch "Crossbones" defeat General Wo and Razor-Fist. When Batroc himself challenged "Crossbones" and was defeated, Maximillian Zaran exposed Captain America's true identity, and Batroc offered $50,000 to whoever defeated Captain America. This led to a massive rush of dozens of super-villains ganging up on Captain America, who returned to his true form to battle them. It is uncertain whether Trick Shot joined in on this struggle or not (see comments).

(Captain America I#413 - BTS) - The large group of super-villains descended on Captain America. However, eventually Cap wormed his way out from under a literal pile of villains and escaped, with the aid of the Falcon (Sam Wilson).

(Captain America I#414 - BTS) - With Captain America long gone, AIM agents tried to break up the riot while Shang-Chi and the Falcon battled some of the super-villains.

(Hawkeye II#2 (fb) - BTS) - The Secret Empire worked on the Bio-Com project for a decade.

(Hawkeye II#4 (fb) - BTS) - Considering he had dodged a bullet by surviving cancer, Trick Shot decided to take the easy road, and he took a job with the Secret Empire because the money was good.

(Hawkeye II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Trick Shot took work with the Viper (Ophelia Sarkissian) and the Secret Empire alongside Javelynn at a base in Crying Woman Canyon in the Canadian Rockies, near the Arctic circle where the Secret Empire developed Biological Combat Units (Bio-Coms), animals mutated into savage and powerful semi-humanoid forms to be used as future warriors. This was a project
    Trick Shot and Javelynn's assignments were to keep the Bio-Coms under control.

(Hawkeye II#1) - Trick Shot was annoyed when the Secret Empire agents had trouble capture their escaped Bio-Com, but he immediately sensed when Hawkeye arrived on the scene and fired an explosive arrow at him. Hawkeye struck the arrow in mid-flight with one of his own, deflecting it back at the Secret Empire agents. After Hawkeye escaped Javelynn, Trick Shot noted with pride that he had trained Hawkeye. Following Hawkeye's rescuing of the Bio-Com, Trick Shot and Javelynn reported to Viper, each blaming the other. Viper was less than pleased with their report and ordered them to find and kill the Bio-Com, Hawkeye, and anyone Hawkeye had spoken to in order to keep their base secret.

(Hawkeye II#2 - BTS) - Hawkeye took the Bio-Com to a nearby town (Dunroman) and brought him to a doctor (D. Avery), who called in a veterinarian (Ben) to help stabilize the creature, which Hawkeye had nicknamed Rover.

(Hawkeye II#2) - Hawkeye and Rover then sneaked into the Secret Empire's base where he saw the Empire's Number Nine chiding Viper, Trick Shot, and Javelynn about the complications. Trick Shot assured Number Nine that Hawkeye was a true threat, noting that he had trained Hawkeye, and Number Nine noted that Trick Shot's loyalties were suspect. Viper pulled a gun on Number Nine, blaming his poor security measures, and shooting him dead when he made excuses. Viper ultimately decided that they needed to destroy all evidence of what they were working on and relocate to their Southern base (in the Amazon). After she told Trick Shot and Javelynn that they would start over again and that this time she would oversee everything herself, Trick Shot whispered that Viper was crazy; when Javelynn countered that Viper was the one giving the orders, Viper, overhearing everything, told them that they were either on her side on in her way. Trick Shot immediately responded, "Right behind you, Viper," and he and Javelynn followed her.
    After Empire agents slew the rest of Rover's pack, Rover leapt to the attack, and Hawkeye joined him. As Viper fled, the Empire's other high-ranking agents questioned her choices, but she declared the Council of Ten abolished and herself to be the leader. The base was destroyed, as was the office of the doctor to which Hawkeye had taken Rover.

(Hawkeye II#3) - Viper, Trick Shot, and Javelynn flew a plane to their Amazonian base, during which time Viper assured them that the experiments they had worked on could be recreated from computer models within the week. Trick Shot noted that he and Javelynn were concerned about Hawkeye's involvement, and Viper questioned Trick Shot regarding his loyalty to her or to Hawkeye. Trick Shot assured her that he didn't owe Hawkeye anything and that the next time they met would be the last. Scratching his right cheek, Viper told him she was pleased with this as she would have to have to kill him, since he had been of value to her the last few months.
    Upon arrival in the Amazonian base, Viper, accompanied by Trick Shot and Javelynn, was pleased to see the next generation of Bio-Coms, much larger and more savage than the first.
    Hawkeye recruited aid from War Machine (Jim Rhodes) whose ally Mack Mendelson tracked the Empire to an island off the Baja. As they investigated, the base was detonated, but before this could happen they learned the Empire's Southern Base in Amazonia.

(Hawkeye II#4) - Hawkeye and Rover stormed the Secret Empire's Amazonian base, and when sensors noted two intruders present, Trick Shot asked what she wanted them to do, because it had to be Hawkeye. Viper had the new Bio-Coms sent against Hawkeye and Rover, feeling that they could prove their worth to potential future bidders. Trick Shot ultimately decided that Hawkeye deserved better than this (muttering it under his breath and then denying it when Javelynn questioned him), sneaked out, and helped Hawkeye and Rover. When one of the creatures had Hawkeye and Rover dangling off a bridge, Trick Shot repeatedly shot the creature with standard arrows, knocking it over the cliff, and then led Hawkeye and Rover to a cave behind a waterfall, which would hide their scent. Explaining his motivations both for working with the Secret Empire and for helping Hawkeye, Trick Shot informed Hawkeye of a Secret Empire base 5 kilometers south/southeast of them on top of a mesa that held a whole litter of the killer animals. Trick Shot further noted that he was sorry to hear about Mockingbird's apparent death, and counseled Hawkeye on accepting his pain rather than simply trying to get over it. Offering to buy Hawkeye some time, Trick Shot led the killer Bio-Coms after himself and narrowly escaping their attacks.
`Enraged upon learning of Trick Shot's betrayal, Viper slapped down Javelynn and then donned an exoskeleton to deal with both Hawkeye and Trick Shot personally. When Viper attacked, Rover distracted her, and Hawkeye fired an arrow into her fuel tank that caused a massive explosion. Assuming Viper dead, Hawkeye and Rover headed out.
    Trick Shot wasn't seen again.

(Hawkeye: Blindspot#1 (fb) - BTS) - Trick Shot was cajoled by Baron Zemo into training Barney Barton, honing his archery skills to near Hawkeye's level, but his cancer treatments were withheld. Extremely ill, he was later dumped outside Avenger's Tower for Hawkeye to find.

(Hawkeye: Blindspot#1) - Hawkeye rushed to help Trick Shot, calling in Dr. Blake to help, but it was too late, the lack of medication having injured his body and causing the cancer to metasize. Chisholm apologized to Clint Barton and gave him a muddled warning before dying with Clint Barton at his side.

Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco, Mark Bright, and Joe Rubinstein.

    At the AIM weapons expo, attendees weapons were confiscated, so it would seem most likely that Trick Shot did NOT try to take on Captain America without his bow and arrows...then again, $50,000 is $50,000 and maybe Trick Shot had some big medical bills to pay.

    Trick Shot in first story arc and in the Update '89 handbook, Trickshot or Trick-Shot in most subsequent appearances, including Trickshot in the Master Edition.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Trick Shot has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
Update '89#8: Trick Shot entry - art by Al Milgrom
Solo Avengers#1/2, page 4, panel 6 (Trick Shot's anti-Hawkeye assassins)
Hawkeye II#4, p15, panel 1-3 (unmasked face and red/white costume)
Hawkeye III#3, p2, panel 4 (full unmasked face)


Appearances:
Solo Avengers#1 (December, 1987) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Mark Bright (penciler), Joe Rubinstein (finished art), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Solo Avengers#2-3 (January-February, 1988) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Mark Bright (penciler), Joe Rubinstein (finished art), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Solo Avengers#4 (March, 1988) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Joe Rubinstein (finished art), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Solo Avengers#5 (April, 1988) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Mark Bright (penciler), Joe Rubinstein (finished art), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Solo Avengers#13 (December, 1988) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Jose Marzan (finished art), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Avengers Spotlight#22-24 (September-November, 1989) - Howard Mackie (writer), Al Milgrom (penciler), Don Heck (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Avengers Spotlight#25 (December, 1989) - Howard Mackie (writer), Al Milgrom (penciler), Tom Morgan (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Captain America I#411-413 (January-March, 1993) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Captain America I#414 (April, 1993) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), M.C. Wyman (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Hawkeye II#1-4 (January-April, 1994) - by Chuck Dixon (writer), Scot Kolins (penciler), Tim Dzon (inker), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Hawkeye III#2 (January, 2004) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Stefano Raffaele (artist), Andy Schmidt & Mark Sumerak (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Hawkeye III#3 (February, 2004) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Stefano Raffaele (artist), Andy Schmidt, Mark Sumerak, & Nicole Wiley (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Hawkeye III#5 (May, 2004) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Stefano Raffaele (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Andy Schmidt, Mark Sumerak, & Nicole Wiley (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Hawkeye: Blindspot#1 (April, 2011) - Jim McCann (writer), Paco Diaz (art), Tom Brennan (editor)


Last updated: 01/07/14

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