Throwback Thursday: Mockingbird: Astonishing Tales to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Barbara “Bobbi” Morse, created by Gerry Conway and Barry Windsor-Smith, made her first appearance 50 years ago in Astonishing Tales #6 (June 1971). She has a Ph.D. in biology and worked to rediscover the Super-Soldier formula that created Captain America. Her outstanding record while working with the government led to a position with S.H.I.E.L.D. Along with intelligence, she had athletic prowess from her time as a gymnast, and she excelled in her espionage education.

In her early days as an agent, Dr. Ted Sallis (better known as Man-Thing), a scientist who also worked on the Super-Soldier project, was kidnapped. Morse was given her first assignment in the field, joining agent Paul Allen to search for Ka-Zar, a hero they hoped would help find Sallis. Though they did not find Sallis, Morse and Ka-Zar found a splinter group called AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics) trying to steal the Super-Soldier formula. Continuing to work together, they stopped AIM again, cementing Morse’s plans to be a field agent rather than working in the biology lab. She became known as Mockingbird in Marvel Comics in the late ‘70s.

During the Bronze Age she teamed-up with Hawkeye, who she married, which connected her to the Avengers. In the early ‘80s she joined the West Coast Avengers, coinciding with a breakdown of her relationship with Hawkeye. In Avengers West Coast #100 it appears that she has died, but it is later revealed that she had been abducted and a Skrull was put in her place to appear dead. Since then she returned as a member of the New Avengers.

 

Off the page, Bobbi was a recurring character on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., played by Adrianna Palicki, and Elizabeth Daily voiced her in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes animated series. Mockingbird has also been a playable character in multiple Marvel video games.

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MARVEL COMICS
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Dave Ross
Say a tearful farewell to Mockingbird -- and the whole West Coast Avengers team -- as Hawkeye loses everything! But first, he'll need to ditch the bow and arrows to fight a giant threat: Brace yourself for Goliath vs. Goliath! With foes like Doctor Demonicus, Klaw and the Lethal Legion on the horizon, the Whackos will need new recruits. Enter: War Machine and Darkhawk?! INFINITY CRUSADE pits Avenger against Avenger, but the team is really put through hell courtesy of Mephisto. What does it take to kill a Mockingbird? In the wake of tragedy, the team is brought to a forceful end! Plus: Discover the origin of the first arachnid Avenger, Julia "Spider-Woman" Carpenter -- and witness Scarlet Witch in solo action! Collecting AVENGERS WEST COAST #92-100 and #102, SPIDER-WOMAN (1993) #1-4 and material from MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #143-144.
Rated T
In Shops: Jan 27, 2016
SRP: $34.99
MARVEL PREVIEWS Page #127

MARVEL COMICS
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Dave Ross
Say a tearful farewell to Mockingbird -- and the whole West Coast Avengers team -- as Hawkeye loses everything! But first, he'll need to ditch the bow and arrows to fight a giant threat: Brace yourself for Goliath vs. Goliath! With foes like Doctor Demonicus, Klaw and the Lethal Legion on the horizon, the Whackos will need new recruits. Enter: War Machine and Darkhawk?! INFINITY CRUSADE pits Avenger against Avenger, but the team is really put through hell courtesy of Mephisto. What does it take to kill a Mockingbird? In the wake of tragedy, the team is brought to a forceful end! Plus: Discover the origin of the first arachnid Avenger, Julia "Spider-Woman" Carpenter -- and witness Scarlet Witch in solo action! Collecting AVENGERS WEST COAST #92-100 and #102, SPIDER-WOMAN (1993) #1-4 and material from MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #143-144.
Rated T
In Shops: Jan 27, 2016
SRP: $34.99
MARVEL PREVIEWS Page #127

MARVEL COMICS
(W) Chelsea Cain, Brian Michael Bendis (A) Various (CA) Jo?lle Jones
A top-secret mission on a tropical cruise. Sounds nice, right? Turns out it's a super-hero-themed cruise - a floating comic con! Trapped on a ship with a thousand cosplayers - unwelcome reminders of caped colleagues she was trying to avoid - this dream assignment turns into Mockingbird's nightmare. Throw in an ex-boyfriend who keeps showing up, an ex-husband casting a long shadow, a murder on board, and several dozen corgis, and Bobbi Morse is bound to get a sinking feeling - even before the boat ends up adrift in the Bermuda Triangle! In one of Earth's supernatural hotspots, Bobbi will face a ghost from her past. Can she lay it to rest once and for all? Plus: an adventure of the New Avengers that's a matter of life and death for Mockingbird! Collecting MOCKINGBIRD #6-8 and NEW AVENGERS (2010) #13-14.
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 19, 2017
SRP: $15.99
MARVEL PREVIEWS Page #134

MARVEL COMICS
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Paul Renaud
Discover how Barbara Morse became the Avenger known as Mockingbird! She's a S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist who's trained for action and destined for greatness, and she's hunting down the Man-Thing in the Savage Land - with a little help from Ka-Zar! But what happens when the wild man follows Bobbi back to the urban jungle, and onto the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier? Agent Morse hones her super-hero skills as a Huntress before donning her signature garb as Mockingbird for a run-in with Spider-Man! But will romance blossom when she meets the Avenging Archer Hawkeye, or will the two hot-headed heroes find themselves at odds on a vital mission? Collecting ASTONISHING TALES (1970) #10, #12-13 and #15-20; KA-ZAR (1974) #3-5; MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #95; HAWKEYE (1983) #1-4; and material from ASTONISHING TALES (1970) #8, SAVAGE TALES (1971) #8 and MARVEL SUPER ACTION (1976) #1.
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 03, 2016
SRP: $39.99
MARVEL PREVIEWS Page #113

This article originally appeared in Gemstone Publishing’s e-newsletter Scoop.

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