Over at the "Comics Should Be Good" website, they're doing a series of Five Most Iconic Covers. So far, they haven't done too many superstars; mostly, it's been B-listers like the Martian Manhunter, Black Canary, Hercules, and even a few villains, like the Green Goblin. One of the featured is my favorite Avenger, Hawkeye. To be clear, it's Clint Barton as Hawkeye, so anything featuring Kate Bishop or Bullseye weren't considered, nor were covers featuring Clint's other identities (Goliath and Ronin). Here's a link, if you're interested:
One thing that didn't make the cut was the first issue of the topic of this thread, the first Hawkeye limited series. The comment was: "Gruenwald's Hawkeye #1 cover really isn't all that great of a cover". I had to think for a minute if that was right, that it was Mark Gruenwald that drew the cover. I would have bought the miniseries back then, but I probably haven't read it in over 20 years. Gruenwald's fame was mostly as an editor and writer, but a penciller? I wiki'ed him, and sure enough, he was both writer and penciller for the four issue limited series; beyond that, wiki lists 6 other credits as penciller - three issues of What If? (2 as "co-penciller"), one issue of Hulk, a Marvel Team-Up Annual, and the first issue of Questprobe. I'm guessing either him pencilling was an emergency stopgap, or he just did it for fun and the sheer heck of it, pretty random either way.
So I gave the miniseries itself a little more thought. I know that in 1983 I would have been all over this thing, as Hawkeye was and is one of my favorite characters. But I don't remember a darned thing about the story itself. OK, maybe a thing or two, as I know this is where he met Mockingbird and they got married at the end of it, and I think he partially loses his hearing in the story, but that's all I remember. I'm wondering a few things though:
- What was the story about, and was it any good?
- Was it ever explained anywhere why Gruenwald pencilled this? Was it a labor of love for Hawkeye, just a lark, or what?
- In 1983, it would have gone completely over my head, as I was a full on Marvel Zombie, but I'm sure many of you saw Marvel giving their bow-and-arrow guy a love interest who happened to have a bird-themed codename and no superpowers, and you thought, "haven't I seen this movie before?" Homage or swipe?
ps. instead of making another thread, I want to quickly add that when I did a little research on Hawkeye, I found out there was a second miniseries in 1994, by Chuck Dixon and Scott Kolins, two names I associate more with DC. Covers looked kinda Image-y. Any thoughts on this one?