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Real Name: Colby; first name unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human; citizen of the United States (pre-modern era)

Occupation: Government agent

Group Membership: Unrevealed, presumably CIA (see comments)

Affiliations: Black Fox (Robert Paine), field agent Groza, Pixie

Enemies: Ionel Caesescu, Nocturne

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Washington, District of Columbia

First Appearance: Marvel: The Lost Generation I#8 (July 2000)

Powers/Abilities: Agent Colby possessed no known superhuman abilities. Dedicated to his work, he was specifically worried about secrecy and confidentiality.

Height: 5'7" (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed, Colby wears glasses
Hair: Blond

(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#8 (fb) - BTS) - Sometime during the mid to late 1970s, intelligence agent Colby was monitoring reports filed by field agent Groza on the activities of presumed criminal Ionel Caesescu. Both Groza and Colby concluded Ionel had been in contact with the super-villain Nocturne. Figuring the First Line might be interested, he decided to contact them at their Colorado Rockies hideaway even though the team had officially been outlawed by  president Nixon in 1973. As luck would have it, Pixie happened to be in the First Line's former base when Colby's call came in. She promised him they'd look into it and went to inform the Black Fox.

(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#8) - Pixie and the Black Fox traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with Colby in his office. Before he shared his intelligence report, he swore the two heroes to absolute secrecy claiming that ever since Watergate every reporter in town wants to be Woodward and Bernstein. He then proceeded to show the First Liners the footage Groza shot of Ionel meeting with Nocturne (who as a vampire didn't show up on photographic film). Convinced his old enemy was still alive despite reports to the contrary, the Black Fox offered to travel to Nocturne's last reported location in Petralova, Romania. Pixie decided to tag along as well.

(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#8 - BTS) - With Pixie and the Fox en route to Romania, Colby coordinated the operation from Washington, sending cables back and forth to set up a meeting between the heroes and field agent Groza who was staying in room 12 of Petralova's hotel. 

Comments: Created by Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks).

    It's not been made clear what intelligence agency Colby was working for. Given that he was tasked with monitoring foreign intelligence operations, it seems likely he was a member of the CIA.

    Nothing against Colby, but I would have preferred Fred Duncan or his assistent Bill Ross to show up in his stead. Both agents were already active well before the modern era and it would have made retroactive sense given their roles later on...until the sliding timescale made that unrealistic, of course--Snood.

Profile by Norvo.

Agent Colby should not be confused with

Agent Groza

    Agent Groza was the field operative assigned to monitor the whereabouts of Ionel Caesescu when he became aware the presumed criminal had a meeting with the super-villain Nocturne in a cafe in Brasov. Ordered by his superiors (possibly agent Colby) he went to the small town of Petralova to shadow Nocturne who was looking to steal Diablo's alchemy secrets. Staying in room 12 of the local hotel, waiting for the First Line to arrive, Groza was ambushed and killed by Nocturne. The vampire also fed on him, using his special five pronged draining device to drink his blood while preventing exposure to Nocturne's saliva/fluids, thus preventing the agent from rising again as a vampire. Groza's body was found by captain Edvard Hugo of the Home Militia who later suspected Black Fox and Pixie were the murderers when they came to Petralova in their civilian identities. Spotting the five puncture marks in Groza's neck convinced the Fox that Nocturne was the one actually responsible for the agent's death.

--Marvel: The Lost Generation I#8

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Marvel: The Lost Generation I#8 (July 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)

Last updated: 04/10/14

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