Real Name:  Kenneth Sturdy (born Klaus Sturdy)

Identity/Class:  Human

Occupation: Scientist/inventor

Group Membership: Maggia

Affiliations:  Ani-Men, the Lethal Legion (Living Laser, Power Man, Whirlwind), Dr. Hellen Rachelson, Dr. Archibald Stancheck, Dr. Withers; formerly Count Luchino Nefaria, Baron Heinrich Zemo

Enemies:  Count Nefaria

Known Relatives:  None

Aliases:  None

Base of Operations:  A basement laboratory inside Count Nefaria's home in uptown New York

First Appearance: (behind-the-scenes): Avengers I#9 (October, 1964); (unnamed) X-Men I#94 (August, 1975); (named) Avengers I#164 (October, 1977)

Powers/Abilities: Professor Sturdy had no superhuman powers, but was a skilled scientist and inventor.

head shotHistory:  (Avengers I#9 (fb) - BTS) - Professor Sturdy was an assistant to Baron Heinrich Zemo, where he helped design the machine that eventually transformed Simon Williams into Wonder Man.

 (X-Men I#94 (fb)) - After his stint with Baron Zemo, Professor Sturdy came under the employee of Count Luchino Nefaria, and assisted Dr. Stancheck and Hellen Rachelson in the transformation of the Ani-Men into superhumans.

 (Avengers I#164) - Following Nefaria's defeat and retreat at the hands of the X-Men, the Count returned to his home in New York where he found his employees complaining about how the battle with the X-Men cost Nefaria his fortune and they were no longer being paid. They asked about their back-pay and Nefaria explained that when Project N was completed, he would enjoy dismissing them. Professor Sturdy spoke up, exclaiming that he was worth the money he was owed, as he was the first assistant to Baron Zemo. Nefaria quickly interrupted Sturdy's speech by arguing that Zemo's machine might have transformed Simon Williams into Wonder Man successfully, but it failed to transform Erik Josten into Power Man as easily, leaving Josten a "pale imitator." When Nefaria's Lethal Legion arrived, Professor Sturdy used the Project N machine to increase their powers.

 (Avengers I#165 - BTS/All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z#1 - Atlas entry) - Sturdy's effects were only temporarily as the real purpose of Project N was to allow Count Nefaria to absorb the powers of the Lethal Legion into himself.

 (Avengers I#165) -  After Count Nefaria had absorbed the powers of his Lethal Legion into himself, he destructively made his way to Avengers Mansion where he battled the Avengers. As the battle was going on, Professor Sturdy crawled his way from the wreckage of the now-destroyed Project N, mumbling about how Nefaria was a fool.

 (Avengers I#166) - Sturdy stole Count Nefaria's Rolls-Royce and drove it through a police barricade to Avengers Mansion, where he confronted Count Nefaria and explained that there was a side effect of his power augmentation: Nefaria was aging at an incredible speed. He then explained that only he would have been able to halt the aging process and then died of an apparent heart attack.

Comments: Created by Len Wein, Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, and Bob McLeod; named by Jim Shooter.

Sturdy's birth name was given in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#13's Count Nefaria entry.

I chose to list Professor Sturdy as being behind-the-scenes in Avengers I#9, given that he helped design the machine that transformed Simon Williams into Wonder Man. The Official Marvel Index to the Avengers II#1 does not mention Sturdy as being behind-the-scenes in that issue, but it seems obvious to me that he was.

Stanchek's first name and Hellen's last name were revealed in Iron Manual Mark 3's Ani-Men profile.

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Professor Kenneth Sturdy has no known connections to:

Avengers I#164, p16, pan4 (Professor Sturdy headshot)
Avengers I#165, p17, pan4 (Professor Sturdy fullbody)

Avengers I#9 (October, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer), Don Heck (artist), Dick Ayers (inker)
X-Men I#94 (August, 1975) - Chris Claremont (writer), Len Wein (plotter), Dave Cockrum (artist), Bob McCleod (inker)
Avengers I#164 (October, 1977) - Jim Shooter (writer), John Byrne (penciler), Pablo Marcos (inker)
Avengers I#165 (November, 1977) - James Shooter (writer), John Byrne (penciler), Pablo Marcos (inker)
Avengers I#166 (December, 1977) - Jim Shooter (writer), John Byrne (penciler), Pablo Marcos (inker)
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z#1 (2006) - Atlas entry - Sean McQuaid (writer), Tom Grummett (art), Pond Scum & Jerron Quality  Color (art reconstruction)

First Posted: 07/15/2006
Last updated: 10/23/10

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