Real Name: Agron

Identity/Class: Extratemporal/extradimensional evolved human (Earth-76216, over five billion years hence (see comments))

Occupation: Survivor

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Captain America (Steve Rogers), Falcon (Sam Wilson), Dr. Jacob Hartman, S.H.I.E.L.D.

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "That zombie" (as called by a bystander)

Base of Operations: Currently a S.H.I.E.L.D. containment tube;    formerly Earth-76216

First Appearance: Captain America I#204 (December, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Composed of "free-flowing energy," Agron could fly at unrevealed speeds, and was able to travel through time unaided under certain conditions.

Agron could enter and animate a human corpse (and possibly other living or dead forms as well), using it as a host body. While within the corpse, Agron could survive indefinitely without food, and did not suffer from normal limitations; but Agron initially required long periods of rest to acclimate to that form. After several days, Agron gained full control and mutated the body, enlarging it and gaining superhuman strength (Class 25 or higher) and durability -- the energy buildup during this mutation exerted concussive force for several yards. While in the corpse, Agron was unaffected by gunfire, grenades, and other weapons. By channeling its energy through its host body, Agron could drain an opponent's strength by touch, levitate people and objects, and emit bursts of energy from its eyes.

Agron could also exist in its pure energy form without a host, but it apparently either needed or preferred to enter and animate a physical form.

In its pure energy form, Agron had even greater access to its powers. However, it could apparently not pass through solid matter, or at least not all forms of it -- the S.H.I.E.L.D. containment tube may have had an energy barrier to contain Agron.

Height: (Energy) variable; (corpse) 6' 3"
Weight: (Energy) inapplicable; (corpse) 200 lbs.
Eyes: (Energy) solid black; (corpse) solid yellow (no visible pupils)
Hair: None

(Captain America I#205 (fb)) - Agron originated from the distant possible future of the final days of its Earth -- in this time-period, life had evolved into formless mental energy with great powers (It is uncertain how many other energy beings existed on this Earth, or whether they all possessed Agron's level of power).

   Fearing the imminent destruction of its world, Agron fled through time and into the past, to the modern era of Earth-616 (mainstream Marvel Universe), where it found and inhabited a human corpse in a mortuary.

(Captain America I#204 (fb) - BTS) - Now possessing a host body, Agron left the mortuary, but was eventually captured by authorities. Because the Agron-possessed corpse had no pulse or heartbeat, it was transferred to Dr. Hartman in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s psychiatric section for further analysis, and locked in an isolation ward. Hartman used "encephalotape" to record "mind pictures" of his patient's brain waves, then sent the tape to S.H.I.E.L.D. technicians for development -- being unfamiliar with speech at the time, Agron was unable to explain its origins.

(Captain America I#204) - Agron broke out of confinement and briefly wreaked havoc within the psychiatric facility, then suddenly collapsed, so it could focus on further adapting and mutating its physical form. Later, after having fully gained control of its body, Agron revived in a larger and bulkier form with superhuman strength. Fearing that it would either be destroyed or sent back to its future to die, Agron went on a rampage and attacked or destroyed everyone and everything in its path.

(Captain America I#205) - During its onslaught, Agron overpowered the Falcon and a number of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, then broke out of the facility and began walking abroad through the city's streets.

   Meanwhile, Dr. Hartman's "encephalotape" of Agron was finally processed by S.H.I.E.L.D. -- having learned the true nature of Agron from its "mind pictures," S.H.I.E.L.D.'s engineers began to construct a containment tube to capture the energy being.

   When Captain America learned of Agron's rampage, he rushed to confront the walking cadaver, but he was physically outmatched by Agron's superior strength. Cap was nearly killed when Agron hurled him into the heavy traffic of a busy street; but Cap was saved by the Falcon, who grabbed him and flew him to safety. The two partners followed up by simultaneously striking Agron -- the Falcon, hitting the corpse's head, while Cap hit its knees, and their massive adversary was momentarily knocked to the ground. However, Agron raised its head and fired an energy burst from its eye sockets at them, forcing Cap and the Falcon to scatter for cover.

   But just then, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents brought forth the completed containment tube, so Captain America and the Falcon resumed their physical assault -- they were able to sufficiently antagonize Agron so that it abandoned the corpse and attacked them with the full force of its energy form. The flying Falcon duped Agron into pursuing him, then he flew through the containment tube -- when the Falcon cleared the other end of the tube, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents sealed the hatches and locked Agron within the apparatus.

Comments: Created by Jack Kirby.

This would seem to be a natural foe for Cable. Surely someone will discover and inadvertently release Agron from its containment tube at some point, if the writers ever remember or care to do so.

Some people skills would have benefited Agron. If it would have just explained its predicament and sought sanctuary, rather than attacking everyone in sight, it probably wouldn't have been imprisoned. I guess behavior must be a little different a few billion years in the future.

Agron's reality of origin was revealed in Falcon's entry in OHotMU A-Z Hardcover#4.

Agron has a profile in Captain America: America's Avenger#1, from which some of this profile's information was taken. -- Ron Fredricks

Profile by Snood. Expansion by Ron Fredricks.

Agron has no known connections to:

Dr. Jacob Hartman has no known connections to:


An alternate Earth of over 5 billion years in the future, this desolate world was in its final days -- its sun was red, and its moon was about to collide with the mother planet.

The only known inhabitant of this world was Agron, who was life evolved to its ultimate form: free-flowing energy, with powers as yet denied to men of the present.

Agron fled its endangered home by transporting itself to Earth-616 (mainstream Marvel Universe) of the modern era.

--Captain America I#205

unidentified corpse

The cadaver of an unidentified male individual, it was laying on a slab in a mortuary; its cause of death was unspecified.

It was possessed by Agron, an evolved energy being that transported itself from its doomed futuristic home of Earth-76216. While it was inhabited by Agron, the corpse did not not require food, and it was resistant to gunfire and grenades.

Agron eventually mutated the corpse to a more muscular, bulkier form to enhance its physical strength.

While battling Captain America and the Falcon, Agron abandoned the corpse so that it could deal with them using the full force of its energy being; but Agron was eventually trapped in a containment tube.

--Captain America I#204 (Captain America I#204-205

Dr. Jacob Hartman

He was the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s psychiatric section, where strange mental cases with histories related to activities which could bring chaos to an orderly society were taken.

At some point, Hartman was brought a new inmate for analysis -- this patient appeared to be a walking corpse, with no pulse or heartbeat, and claimed to be "Agron," a native of Earth's far distant future. Hartman used "encephalotape" to record "mind pictures" of the patient's brain waves, then sent the tape to S.H.I.E.L.D. for development.

After the Falcon and Leila Taylor were brainwashed by the Night People, Captain America brought them to Hartman for treatment; but shortly afterward, Agron broke out of the isolation ward and went on a rampage.

While Cap and the Falcon battled the walking corpse, Hartman reviewed the developed "mind pictures" and learned that Agron's claim was true -- it was actually an energy being from the far future, inhabiting a human corpse.

Having learned the true nature of Agron from the "mind pictures" that Hartman took, S.H.I.E.L.D. was able to construct a containment tube to imprison the energy being.

Following the capture of Agron, Hartman completed his treatment of the Falcon and Leila -- after he pronounced them both as cured, Hartman released them from the facility.

(Comment: Dr. Hartman's first name was revealed in the Agron profile from Captain America: America's Avenger#1.)

--Captain America I#204 (Captain America I#204-206

S.H.I.E.L.D. containment tube

A wheeled, hollow metallic cylinder, it had access hatches on either end; it was designed and built by S.H.I.E.L.D. engineers to imprison the energy form of Agron.

In its natural energy form, Agron was duped into abandoning its host body and chasing after the Falcon. The Falcon then flew into one end of the tube and out the other; when Agron entered the tube in pursuit of the flying hero, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents locked both hatches, trapping Agron within.

Presumably, Agron is still imprisoned inside this apparatus.

(Comments: Considering all the additional hardware on the exterior of the tube, possibly it generated some sort of energy barrier to contain Agron.)

--Captain America I#205

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Captain America I#205, p6, pan2 (Main Image - Agron on Earth-76216)
Captain America I#205, cover (Headshot - Agron)
Captain America I#205, p6, pan3 ("mind picture" of Agron entering unidentified corpse)
Captain America I#205, p6, pan1 ("mind picture" of Agron's home)
Captain America I#204, p8, pan1 (Agron-possessed corpse breaks out of isolation ward)
Captain America I#205, p2, pan1 (mutated Agron-possessed corpse)
Captain America I#205, p4, pan4 (mutated Agron-possessed corpse)
Captain America I#204, p2, pan5 (Dr. Jacob Hartman)
Captain America I#204, p3, pan3 (Dr. Jacob Hartman)
Captain America I#205, p15, pan5 (S.H.I.E.L.D. agents roll out containment tube)
Captain America I#205, p17, pan2 (Agron pursues Falcon into one end of containment tube)
Captain America I#205, p17, pan4 (S.H.I.E.L.D. agents close hatch of containment tube, trapping Agron within)

Captain America I#204 (December, 1976) - Jack Kirby (writer/pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks), Janice Cohen (colors), Gaspar Saladion (letters), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Captain America I#205 (January, 1977) - Jack Kirby (writer/pencils), John Verpoorten (inks), Michele Wolfman (colors), Jim Novak (letters), Archie Goodwin (editor)

First Posted: 09/14/2001
Last updated: 02/27/2022

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