Vogue Disasters: Clint Barton

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Some comedian guide characters who’ve been round for many years have iconic costumes which have stood the check of time. Some have progressed by way of a collection of trendy ensembles to mirror their ever-changing time durations.

And a few, apparently, dress at the hours of darkness.

Right here on Vogue Disasters, we’ll showcase these poor slobs who simply can’t appear to get it proper. At the moment: Clint Barton!

Like our debut Catastrophe, Roy Harper, Clint is a thirsty mess of an archer and his personal worst enemy. However as Tolstoy mentioned, each sad household is sad in its personal approach, and the identical goes for sad dressers. Let’s check out Clint’s very distinctive model.

Hawkeye debuted in Tales of Suspense #57 (September 1964) as a villain, however by his fourth look had switched sides and joined the Avengers. Right here’s his authentic togs:

I can see what they’re going for right here—form of a medieval Black Knight aesthetic, however spandex, and in addition with two complimentary tickets to the gun present. I’ve to present them credit score for making an attempt a bit tougher than DC did with that different well-known comics archer, Inexperienced Arrow, who by this level had been operating round in primarily only a T-shirt and leggings for 23 years. (You’ll word that Clint steers nicely away from Robin Hood references, in all probability to keep away from those self same Inexperienced Arrow comparisons.)

However the chainmail collar appears arbitrary at finest, and the chainmail suspenders are downright baffling. The enormous H on his brow, although following in a robust Steve Rogersian custom, is the funniest factor I’ve ever seen. Most significantly—and this can be a lesson Clint won’t ever study—purple on purple is a less-than-ideal combo. (And it’s not as a result of Clint’s a dude! I’ve Medusa and Starfire on my “To Catastrophe” record for related causes. The Grimace is a foul look no matter gender.)

As soon as he turned a member of the Avengers, Clint streamlined his shade scheme, ditching the yellow and grey and sticking with purple and blue. Once more, it’s very Violet Beauregarde of him, and that’s not a praise even when she is a gum-chewing boss.

(Facet word: I really feel like a bow that snaps if you happen to bend it’s…not an important bow.)

I used the duvet with Clint quitting as a result of it reveals his costume off the very best, however earlier than he stop, he borrowed Hank Pym’s development particles for a short stint as Goliath:

I don’t know what it’s concerning the Goliath title that makes dudes need to get half-naked in bizarre methods, nevertheless it does—Invoice Foster’s traditional look boasted a tummy window. Perhaps it’s an try at reparations for all these gross “wanting up Giganta’s skirt” jokes spawned by Tremendous Associates? Oh nicely, a minimum of the artist didn’t should danger the wrath of the Comics Code Authority by drawing nipples! Just a few saucy armpits and a weirdly lengthy forelock.

(I used to be about to level out how humorous Jan’s vogueing is once I simply seen Steve’s pose and now I can’t cease laughing.)

After which, after all, there was essentially the most well-known reindeer of all:

Nothing I can say may presumably be as humorous as this web page by itself, so I’ll simply make three fast factors:

1. I really like this horrible costume with each fiber of my being, OBVIOUSLY.

2. If it’s silly for Clint to be carrying this little clothes whereas combating crime (and it’s), it’s silly when feminine characters are drawn that approach too.

three. Please don’t let the skirt make you overlook the mullet.

Anyway. Again to Clint quitting the Avengers, which as we’ve seen above, he placed on pants to do.

After snapping his bow (after which presumably sheepishly going out and shopping for a brand new one), Clint made his approach throughout the nation to the West Coast Avengers, the place his tunic bought longer and his masks bought pointier. Rather a lot pointier:

Sorry, I simply love that cowl a lot, I needed to embody it.

He additionally started experimenting with sleeve and glove lengths, lastly (largely) deciding on one lengthy one (to guard his arm from the bowstring snapback) and one brief. I feel that is in all probability the very best iteration of this specific costume: the medieval theme remains to be clear, the longer masks and tunic present a sure sartorial dedication, and the glove-as-bracer is smart from a sensible standpoint. It’s nonetheless not a superb costume, nevertheless it’s the very best we’ve seen to date.

After which the ’90s occurred. They usually occurred to Clint laborious.

First, he donned armor, as a result of that was the rule again then:

I promise that’s armor, even when it simply appears to be like like bizarre shades. The armor factor was dumb for nearly everybody who put it on (Batman, Spider-Man, Daredevil) however particularly for characters who’re recognized for agility, martial arts, and gymnastics (…Batman, Spider-Man, Daredevil). Clint, as a former circus acrobat, completely qualifies.

Then he went again to spandex, minimize the highest of his masks off, and picked a combat with Tony for some purpose. Truthfully the worst factor about that is the ’90s-style draftsmanship and never the costume itself, however that’s not saying a lot.

Then he added straps! Straps in every single place!

Then he began carrying brown, for some purpose? (Sure, that’s him on the prime proper.) Additionally a very lengthy cut up skirt that he positively tripped over a number of occasions per combat.

Lastly, within the literal final 12 months of the last decade, he calmed the hell down and went again to one thing much like his traditional look.

However the 2000s had their share of style experiments for ol’ Clint!

That is only a *leisure* outfit, not a fancy dress, however I couldn’t see that getup and that story title and never share it with you. I wouldn’t do this to you people.

Then he bought a bizarre harness? I don’t know, I’m extra involved with what’s occurred to his knee.

He died for a bit (not due to the knee. I don’t suppose), however that didn’t cease him from slipping into one thing extra comfy within the Home of M alternate universe:

Okay, he doesn’t look comfy in any respect, truly. I like this purple and almost-black combo higher than any shade scheme we’ve seen so removed from our boy, however goodness this look is busy. (2007 was a robust “buckles make it look life like” period.) Additionally, I don’t know why he has a Winter Soldier arm.

Again in the primary universe, he got here again to life, however determined to select up a brand new codename for a bit. The samurai-inspired Ronin identification had been initially utilized by Maya Lopez, aka Echo, when she needed to go incognito, however since she was completed with it (and because the costume was sized for a dude as a result of storyline author Brian Michael Bendis had initially meant for Ronin to be revealed to be Daredevil…), Clint took it up:

That’s truly Maya within the costume, however Clint wears actually precisely the identical garments when he’s Ronin, so I selected a picture that will allow you to see it. It’s truly a nice costume (if you happen to look previous a Native American girl after which a white man co-opting a Japanese aesthetic and codename, which I assume you form of should if you happen to…learn superhero comics in any respect, ever), nevertheless it’s probably not Clint’s and so he will get no factors for it.

You could be pondering, “Jess, you’re within the Aughts now, and which means Ultimates. Did Clint exist within the Final universe?”


You understand what I see once I have a look at that outfit? I see an actual cool and difficult man, that’s what.

Fortunately (sadly?) he quickly toned it down:

That is truly a reasonably good look, even when it screams “circa 2010 discomfort with a superhero aesthetic” as loud because it presumably can. However these sun shades are douche sun shades. I’m fairly positive he borrowed them from Roy Harper, truly.

Again in the primary universe, Clint went again to a variation on his traditional look:

The flop on these boots is past. I can’t. I’ll by no means recover from these boots. Dig the asymmetry, although! (In some artwork the left arm is metallic. Once more, I don’t know why he has a Winter Soldier arm, however he has tried very laborious over time to be Captain America’s sidekick, so perhaps he’s hoping it will work on Steve subliminally.)

And now, the second you’ve all been ready for: the Fraction/Aja run.

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Okay, I’m breaking my guidelines for Vogue Disasters, which is meant to function characters who’ve by no means had a superb costume, as a result of this? This can be a good costume. (I’m fairly positive between Goliath and the miniskirt, Clint’s nonetheless earned his place on the record.) Usually I don’t like road garments on most heroes, however Clint’s such a shambles of a person that it really works, particularly since his shtick is low-tech, real-world weaponry. The iconography is daring however understated. The archery gear is all right. (Love the double quivers!) There are straps and pouches however I perceive why they exist. Although Aja attracts this very merely, different artists have altered this costume (which Clint has been carrying since 2012) to be extra tactical, and it nonetheless works. It’s a superb, good costume.

But when Clint ever will get uninterested in it, I assume there’s at all times dystopian future hobo-chic:

Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to this sizzling little quantity:

Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: ENDGAME..Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner)..Photograph: Movie Body..©Marvel Studios 2019

Ohhhhh Clinton.

So, to sum up:

1. Purple-on-purple is a foul look.

2. Much less is extra.

three. I don’t perceive why actually each feminine Avenger has dated Clint.

In conclusion: get it collectively, Clint, you could have youngsters wanting as much as you.

Beforehand on this collection:

Roy Harper

Man Gardner


Energy Woman

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