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Real Name: "Smiler" Colby (first name unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Normal human (Old West Era)

Occupation: Vigilante, drifter;
   formerly guard for Wells Fargo

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Sheila (last name unrevealed, deceased)

Enemies: Stagecoach Killer

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile in frontier USA, notably West Wells

First Appearance: Wild Western#31/2 (December, 1953)

Powers/Abilities: Smiler Colby is an accomplished horse rider and gunfighter. Slim and dour, for a time, he was very focused on finding his fiancee's killer.

Height: 6' (by approximation)
Weight: 165 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Brown


(Wild Western#31/2 (fb)) - An armed guard for Wells Fargo stagecoaches, Smiler Colby had a happy disposition and was in love with an office girl called Sheila; they were engaged to be married. One day, a masked killer stole the payroll box and murdered Sheila to eliminate any witnesses. Colby rushed in and held her as she died; she revealed the killer had a distinctive snake tattoo on his forearm.

(Wild Western#31/2 (fb) - BTS) - Colby's personality changed; he became grim and determined to find Sheila's killer. For four years, he followed clues to a local villain dubbed the Stagecoach Killer whom the local sheriff at West Wells had failed to stop (because the sheriff was secretly the masked Stagecoach Killer, following the same modus operandi of armed robbery, then shooting the witnesses).

(Wild Western#31/2) - From afar, Colby observed the Stagecoach Killer in action, but was too late to stop the masked criminal's murderous escape. Colby rode sullenly into the nearby town of West Wells. The sheriff formed a posse to go to the scene of the latest stagecoach robbery; several recognized Colby, but the sheriff instead tried to raise suspicion against him. The sheriff tried to bully Colby to leave town, but the grim gunman stayed, haunting the stagecoach track. Days later, he arrived too late after another robbery. The sheriff leveled false charges against Colby, but Colby escaped and hid for days in the countryside. Colby waited for the sheriff to get overconfident as emerge as the Stagecoach Killer. By chance, Colby found the Stagecoach Killer and forced him to reveal his tattooed forearm. Colby shot him in vengeance, then walked away, not bothering to see who the masked killer was revealed to be. Colby rode off into the sunset and a quiet existence.

Comments: Created by an uncredited writer, Syd Shores (pencils & inks).

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Smiler Colby has no known connections to:

Stagecoach Killer

The sheriff (name unrevealed) of the frontier town of West Wells turned secretly to murderous robbery as the Stagecoach Killer. He murdered those he stole from at gunpoint so that they could not identify him, but wore a handkerchief over his face plus different tunic and hat to fool any surviving witnesses. He had a distinctive snake tattoo on his right forearm, but covered it with a glove and long sleeve. Early in his criminal career, he killed a Wells Fargo office assistant, Sheila, and stole the payroll. Her fiance, Smiler Colby, swore revenge and tracked the masked killer for four years. The Stagecoach Killer continued to plunder from passing stagecoaches; being sheriff, he knew which stagecoaches were protected and deflected attention. But the sheriff was overconfident, continuing his signature crimes, and Colby finally closed in, despite the sheriff trying to level false charges against him. Colby stopped another stagecoach robbery and, recognizing the tattoo, shot the killer dead when he tried to draw a gun.






--Wild Western#31/2

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Wild Western#31/2, p2, pan4 (main image)
   p3, pan4 (headshot)
   p3, pan6 (Stagecoach Killer with mask)
   p2, pan6 (Stagecoach Killer as sheriff)

Wild Western#31/2 (December, 1953) - uncredited writer, Syd Shores (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)

Last updated: 03/31/19

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