Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Black and White Wednesday: Introducing the Huntress--Marvel Style

Barbara "Bobbi" Morse started her four-color career as a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent 19 playing a supporting role in the Ka-Zar strip (Astonishing Tales #'s 6-8, 10-13, 15-20, Ka-Zar issues 3-5, Savage Tales #8). It was a rocky road from there to becoming Mockingbird, aka Mrs. Hawkeye, card-carrying member of the mighty Avengers. Between her days as Agent 19 and becoming Mockingbird, she worked briefly as The Huntress, her one appearance in that guise appearing in the legendary Marvel Super Action #1-and-only way back in 1975. She did a great job of holding her own in that testosterone-drenched action mag, sandwiched between none other than The Punisher and Howard Chaykin's Dominic Fortune. While The Punisher trudged on to super-stardom and Fortune played it fast and loose on the fringes becoming a cult-hit, Bobbi Morse would have to wait a few more years before taking her signature role as Mockingbird (Marvel Team-Up #95, April 1980)--and a few years more before she'd hit the big-time as the wife of Clint Barton and co-founder of the West Coast Avengers. Dig her first (and only) starring gig as The Huntress as Mike Friedrich, EC-legend George Evans, and Frank Springer reveal the "Red-Eyed Jack Is Wild!"


  1. I was unaware of this story, so thanks for posting it.

  2. I think there's a Hawkeye/Mockingbird book (either trade or hardback, I can't remember) reprinting this story. I hope they don't color it!

  3. loooooooooooooooooooooove this comic, it's got style!



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