Born in Waverly Ohio, Clint Barton and his brother lost their parents in a car crash, and they were put in an orphanidge. Clint and his brother escaped and went into the carnivel biz. Barton adapted his archery skills to become a star carnival attraction, a master archer known as “The World’s Greatest Marksman”. He spent some time as a member of Tiboldt's Circus, before joining the Coney Island Circus. He witnesses Iron Man in action and is inspired to become a costumed hero. However, after a misunderstanding on his first outing, Hawkeye is accused of theft and believed to be a criminal. On the run, the naive Hawkeye meets the Black Widow, a spy for the Soviet Union, with whom he falls in love. Blindly following the Black Widow, Hawkeye aids her attempts to steal technology developed by Tony Stark. In one of their battles with Iron Man, the Black Widow is seriously injured. Hawkeye rescues her and flees the battle to save her life. But before Hawkeye can take her to a hospital, the Black Widow disappears. Hawkeye decides to be a "straight-shooter" from then on. Hawkeye then went onto the ranks of the Avengers and even The West Coast Avengers. Barton is always one for comedy, he is a very good jokester and wisecracker. He never misses a target. His accuracy is so good, he can split a water droplet in half.