Axel-In-Charge: Extending "Secret Wars," Excitement for a "Totally Awesome Hulk"
All month-long we’ll be featuring top five lists about either the Avengers or the X-Men. Here is an archive of all the past top five lists!
We close out the month by sort of doing a sequel to a previous Top Five list and taking a look at the lesser-known nicknames that Hawkeye gave Captain America. I was going to do one for ALL of his teammates, but he came up with so many for Cap that it just seemed more fun to do it this way.
An interesting thing about Hawkeye’s nicknames for Cap is that they lasted a lot shorter than people recall. They joined the team together in #16 (but at the very end) but the insulting nicknames only lasted as long as the end of Stan Lee’s tenure on the title in the early #30s.
Look at some of the bits from Lee’s last issues…
Including this one from Lee’s third-to-last issue…
By the time Roy Thomas took over with #35, Hawkeye and Cap had pretty much solidified a friendship that lasts to this day, and Hawkeye pretty much stuck to strictly “Cap” and “Winghead” from that point on (almost always the former, which is barely a nickname, ya know?). But in that #17-27 period, Hawkeye gave Cap the business every issue. Here are my top five picks…
He only used this once but I love it.
Hawkeye referred to Cap as a square and as a cornball often.
This one really doesn’t make much sense but Hawkeye used it a bunch of times.
This is my favorite. It is such an awesomely bizarre choice for a nickname. He used this on a few occasions.
This one, though, is likely the best remembered nickname Hawkeye gave Cap besides Winghead (or Cap, but that seems to be a universal nickname for Captain America).
That’s the list! Hope you all enjoyed Top Five Month!
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