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Occupation Newspaper and Coffee Vender (Metro Coffee Stop)
Played By Joe Maffei
Status Alive

Frank is a newspaper and coffee vendor who has worked in Metropolis for a long time.

Season Eight

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Frank talking to Clark about the good he has done for Metropolis.

After Clark revealed that he is an alien from another world, he walked down the street observing the reactions of people as they saw him. Frank gave Clark a paper for free, telling him about all the good he had done for Metropolis. Later, Clark reversed time in order to protect everyone he loved.

Season Nine

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Frank talking to Chloe.

Frank serves Chloe and Stephen Swift coffee while they are discuss how he got his powers. While Chloe gets some coffee from Frank, he asks her if she always works this late, she answers all night, every night. He asks her what job makes her work so long, she answers it's an NPO that helps people in need. He says trying to save the world, she answers all night, every night.

Season Ten


Frank talking to Lionel

Meanwhile in Metropolis at a news stand, Lionel Luthor was buying a newspaper.

Frank said he looked familiar and Lionel responded by saying he just came in from out of town for an unexpected visit and that it looked like he got there in the nick of time.

Lionel added that he wouldn't want to miss how it all turned out before walking away into a crowd.

Season Eleven

Six months later, as Frank received the morning edition of Daily Planet newspaper talking about alien life of Apokolips, he commented on how he never seen the paper sell so quickly before.

Later when Clark is buying a newspaper from Frank, Lex Luthor appears and also buys a paper. Frank who can't break change for a hundred, leading Lex to say the next 50 or so newspapers are free.


  • Joe Maffei also plays the bowling alley janitor who gets shot in the Season One episode Stray.