Clint Barton was an orphaned child who ran off with the circus. Over his many years with the Carson Carnival of Travelling Wonders he developed into a superior athlete & martial artist, master swordsman & archer. Inspired by Ironman, Barton became Hawkeye, a masked 'superhero', even though he possessed no real powers. Like Spiderman, he was initially believed to be a villain. Finally, assisted by Ironman, he joined the Avengers. Hawkeye was created by Stan Lee and artist, Don Heck. He first appeared in Tales of Suspense in September, 1964.