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Mockingbird (Barbara "Bobbi" Morse-Barton) is a fictional character, a superhero in the . Created by writer Len Wein and artist Neal Adams, she first appeared in Astonishing Tales #6 (June 1971).

Publication history

Mockingbird was created by writer Len Wein and artist Neal Adams in 1971 as a supporting character in the second Man-Thing story (as Barbara Morse); this story was delayed in publication quite some time before finally appearing in Astonishing Tales #12 (June 1972). Because of this, she first appeared in Astonishing Tales #6 (June, 1971) — in these early stories (issues #6-8 of the bi-monthly series), she had brown hair and was unidentifed by name.

When it was decided that Astonishing Tales was to continue the Man-Thing story, the character was identified and her hair quietly changed to blond, as it had appeared to be in Adams's artwork, and she was identified as a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. Barbara Morse had a solo story as Huntress in Marvel Super Action #1 (1976) and first appeared as Mockingbird in Marvel Team-Up #95 (July, 1980).

Fictional character biography

Early life

Born in San Diego, Californiamarker, Mockingbird is introduced as a S.H.I.E.L.D. operative. As an espionage agent, S.H.I.E.L.D. sends Bobbi on a mission to contact Ka-Zar. With fiancé Paul Allen, she journeys to the Savage Land. The two were both scientists working on Dr. Wilma Calvin's Project: Gladiator, which developed the serum that turned their colleague, Ted Sallis, into the Man-Thing. With Ka-Zar and Man-Thing, she then battles AIM, which is ultimately revealed as being led by Allen, whom she pretended to love only on S.H.I.E.L.D. orders, in the Floridamarker Evergladesmarker. Bobbi later journeys back to the Savage Land. Alongside Ka-Zar, she battles Maa-Gorr and El Tigre. Alongside Shanna, she journeys to the Savage Land once more. Alongside Ka-Zar and Shanna, she battles Grond. Bobbi briefly takes the identity of the Huntress. She battles the renegade S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Rico Santana.

Bobbi later assumes the identity of Mockingbird. As Mockingbird, she teams with Spider-Man to battle renegade S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Carl Delandan. She then meets Hawkeye and helps him against the villainous Crossfire, Silencer, Oddball, and Bombshell. She and Hawkeye grow close and begin a whirlwind romance, which culminates in elopement with him.. Afterwards, Mockingbird and Hawkeye return to the Avengers, whom Bobbi meets for the first time. With Hawkeye, Tigra, Wonder Man, and Jim Rhodes as Iron Man, she forms the West Coast Avengers. Alongside the original Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Tigra, she later battles Doctor Demonicus.

On her own

A rift later forms between Hawkeye and Mockingbird following an incident while the West Coast Avengers had time-traveled to 1876. The Phantom Rider (Lincoln Slade) abducts, drugs, and brainwashes her into forgetting her original life and convincing her she is in love with Slade (and by implication, raping her). After breaking free of his control, Mockingbird sought revenge on the Phantom Rider, and allows him to plunge to his death off of a cliff. She is confronted by the modern-day Phantom Rider. She learns that Hamilton Slade was actually the modern Phantom Rider, and attacks Slade. As a result of Hawkeye not believing her protests that she was raped and used by Slade (whom Hawkeye sided with) Mockingbird leaves Hawkeye and the Avengers. For a time she and ex-Avengers Tigra and Moon Knight operate as a small fighting unit. With Tigra, Moon Knight, and Giant-Man, she battled the High Evolutionary. Alongside Tigra and Moon Knight, she was attacked by the Phantom Rider again. Hawkeye and Mockingbird later reconcile, and Mockingbird returns to the West Coast Avengers. She later arrested the Digger, causing a rift between the West Coast Avengers and the Night Shift. Mockingbird later reconciled with the modern Phantom Rider, who was at the time possessed by the spirit of the original Phantom Rider.

Mockingbird's thought patterns and personality are used by the robot Ultron to create his second robotic 'wife', Alkhema.

Supposed death

Mockingbird later apparently sacrifices her life to save her husband Hawkeye from Mephisto.

She later seems to return as a reanimated corpse as part of the Grim Reaper's plot to destroy the Avengers. She is also "seen" fighting endless battles in a hell, in which she has an opportunity to return to life but turns it down while indicating that she still has a purpose to serve in death. Many theories were considered by Hawkeye and others about how Morse ended up in Hell, such as leading the Phantom Rider off a cliff or people she may have killed in her duties as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, but she denies all of them as the reason she is there. She also appeared as one of the many dead characters in the mini series X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl, alongside other known dead characters such as Gwen Stacy and Moira McTaggart.

Secret Invasion

When a Skrull spaceship crash lands in the Savage Land, Mockingbird is among the host of Marvel heroes who emerge from the craft, alleging to be the genuine articles who have been captives of the Skrulls for years. Several of the heroes are revealed to be Skrulls who have disguised themselves using their shape-changing powers. At first it is not clear whether this Mockingbird is the genuine article, but she is able to tell her former husband, Clint, something that they both believe only she would know - that October 12 would have been the birth-date of their miscarried child, which convinced Clint that she is real. However, when all of the "Earth heroes" on the ship are revealed to be Skrulls, Clint kills the false Mockingbird.. Later, when Iron Man finds a Skrull ship in orbit with all the replaced heroes, Mockingbird is revealed to still be alive and tearfully reunites with Clint.

Mockingbird is shown in a support group meeting with the others that had been replaced by Skrulls.

Dark Reign

Along with Ronin (the new identity held by Clint Barton), Bobbi is invited to join the New Avengers at Bucky's home where he offers them a place to stay and to use as a base of operations. She is one of the only members not to greet Spider-Woman in a hostile manner but also feels out of place for being gone for so long. She later helps look for Jessica Jones and Luke Cage's child. She had also changed her costume to fit the current century style. In "The Reunion" mini-series, Hawkeye follows Bobbi along on a secret mission from her past. During the course of the adventure, Bobbi drops a bomb on Clint: She never returned to reconcile with him, that was the Skrull impersonating her. The last she saw, she was asking for a divorce and no longer considers Clint her husband. After a particularly difficult mission, however, realizing how they still care for each other, but unable to forget their early breakdown, they decide to start dating again, rebuilding a new relationship by scratch, while Clint, as Ronin, joins her secret squad or black ops.

Abilities and equipment

Mockingbird is a trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, expert in several forms of hand-to-hand combat, and skilled in various martial arts. She is a highly skilled espionage agent, and possesses a Ph.D in biology. She is an athletic woman and an accomplished acrobat. She is an expert markswoman and gymnast.

Mockingbird's costume was made of synthetic stretch fabric lined with Kevlar. Mockingbird carried a battle-staff, composed of two hollow steel-alloy poles, like a quarterstaff which could be split in two. She typically carried each half of the staff strapped to each arm, and they were spring-loaded to be released or launched as projectiles. The staff could be used as a bo or javelin or as two short clubs. It can also telescope to an vaulter's pole.

Other versions

House of M

Bobbi appears as a member of Luke Cage's Human Resistance group nicknamed the "Avengers". She was a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who was phased out upon the rise of mutants. She is romantically involved with Hawkeye . She is one of the Avengers who leaves for Wakanda.


  1. Astonishing Tales #6-8
  2. Astonishing Tales #12-13
  3. Ka-Zar Vol. 2 #3-4
  4. Savage Tales Vol. 1 #8
  5. Marvel Super Action Vol. 1 #1
  6. Marvel Team-Up #95
  7. Hawkeye #1-4
  8. Avengers #243
  9. West Coast Avengers Vol. 1 #1
  10. Iron Man #193
  11. West Coast Avengers Vol. 2 #18-23
  12. West Coast Avengers Vol. 2 #31-32
  13. West Coast Avengers Vol. 2 #37
  14. West Coast Avengers Annual #3
  15. West Coast Avengers Vol. 2 #39
  16. West Coast Avengers Vol. 2 #40
  17. West Coast Avengers Vol. 2 #41
  18. Avengers West Coast #100
  19. Avengers #425-426 (10-11)
  20. Thunderbolts Annual 2000; Hellcat 2000 mini-series #3
  21. X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #5
  22. Secret Invasion #1
  23. Secret Invasion #2
  24. Secret Invasion #5
  25. Secret Invasion #8
  26. Avengers: The Initiative #20
  27. New Avengers #48
  28. New Avengers #55
  29. New Avengers: The Reunion #2
  30. New Avengers: The Reunion #4
  31. House of M: Avengers #1
  32. House of M: Avengers #2
  33. House of M: Avengers #5

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