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Real Name: Frank Sturgis

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Bar owner

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: His regular patrons, Hopi Tribal Council (loose), thugs (Hankus, others)

Enemies: Ahote, Arnie Berman, Cha'tima, Human Fly (Rick Rojatt), Blaze Kendall, Ted Locke, Nakwach

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: La Cruces, New Mexico, USA

First Appearance: Human Fly I#18 (February, 1978)

Powers/Abilities: Frank Sturgis is an amoral opportunist with no notable or redeeming features.

Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 155 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown


(Human Fly I#18 (fb) - BTS) - Frank Sturgis was owner and operator of Frank's Bar, which he set up just outside the Hopi reservation near La Cruces, New Mexico. His alcohol brought most of the senior Hopi Tribal Council into line with his opportunist goals and he set up a tourist Indian fair timed to drown out a sacred Hopi festival, although it divided the community along largely racial divides. Sturgis contracted stuntman the Human Fly to participate at the event to boost attendance. Sturgis also used intimidation to get his way and even had one defiant elder killed; the body was found by the Human Fly.

(Human Fly I#18 (fb)) - Hopi local Cha'tima informed the Human Fly of Sturgis' actions, stating also that the Fly wasn't welcome. The stuntman confronted Sturgis at his bar and refused to perform, but Sturgis revealed that the Hopi would be financially liable for the advance advertising. The Fly angrily left, but knew that Sturgis had the upper hand. Sturgis then had his thugs follow the Human Fly and his troupe to beat him up.

(Human Fly I#19 (fb)) - Although abhorring violence, the Human Fly and his friends, including Cha'tima, overcame their attackers. After hearing of this, Sturgis called for the Human Fly to be killed. The next day during the fair, the Human Fly stopped one of Sturgis' men aggressively harassing Cha'tima, while Sturgis gloated how he was getting rich from the people attending. Cha'tima's cousin, Nakwach, stopped Hankus, who had been assigned by Sturgis as a sniper to shoot the Human Fly during the highwire stunt. While Sturgis and his men struggled against the Hopi guard, the Human Fly and his troupe joined the Hopi festival.

(Human Fly I#18-19) - West-TV reporter Harmony Whyte typed a report covering the events.

Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo (writer), Lee Elias (pencils) and Ricardo Villamonte (inks).

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Frank Sturgis has no known connections to:



Hankus was one of Sturgis' thugs. He had been assigned to shoot the Human Fly during the stuntman's performance, but was spotted by Hopi boy Nakwach carrying the concealed rifle. Nakwach dislodged the shooter's aim as he fired. The Hopi tribal guard later took Hankus into custody for the Human Fly's attempted murder.




--Human Fly I#19

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Human Fly I#19, p10, pan4 (main image)
Human Fly I#18, p12, pan5 (headshot)
Human Fly I#19, p11, pan2 (Hankus)

Human Fly I#18 (February, 1978) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Lee Elias (pencils), Ricardo Villamonte (inks), M.J. Duffy (editor)
Human Fly I#19 (March, 1978) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Lee Elias (pencils), Ricardo Villamonte (inks), Allen Milgrom (editor)

First Posted: 10/11/2017
Last updated: 10/11/2017

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