Characters : Leo Zelinsky
A gift for tailoring.
Cloth, needles, and all that other stuff.
An old man living with his infant grandson. The most helpless victims in the book.
Normal for an old man.
The Tailor From Hell; the Super-Tailor; the Cloth-Mender. Nah, just kidding. None.
Michael Zelinsky; Spider-Man.
Father, unnamed (deceased); son, unnamed (deceased); daughter-in-law, unnamed (presumably deceased); grandson, Michael.
No criminal record.
Unknown. Possibly widowed.
Unknown. Possibly Poland.
A tailor shop in the 23rd Street, near the 8th.
Leo Zelinsky has a tailor shop in what used to be a quiet neighbourhood. Eventually, the neighbourhood became not so quiet, and the number of clients dwindled. Zelinsky's break came when Benjamin Grimm, aka the Thing, came into his shop covered by the sports section of a newspaper, after a blast burned his clothes while he was fighting in the vicinity. Through word of mouth, Zelinsky's clientele engrossed, each client more surprising then the last. He served Genis Mar-Vell (Captain Marvel), Matt Murdock (Daredevil), Steve Rogers (Captain America), Thor and a few other Avengers, a bunch of the X-People, and villains, like Dr. Doom and Blob. To avoid confrontations between his clients, Zelinsky broke up his work days - on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, he sees heroes, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, villains. Occasionally, he gets a few upstarts. While he prides himself of being a creative guy, The Ferret would not be a respected hero, that's for sure. Anyway, his business is prosperous.
Anyway, after strolling around for a few hours, he caught sight of Spidey over the rooftops, and called out to him. After telling him his story, Spidey (of course) agreed to help. Killshot was prevented from killing Whitehall, but he managed to distract Spider-Man and went directly to Zelinsky, figuring he had been set up. Zelinsky caught a bullet in the arm that was meant for his grandson, and Spidey arrived soon after and put Killshot out of commission. Zelinsky thanked Spider-Man for saving his life and his business by giving him a sketch for an upgraded uniform, telling him that he'll give him a nice discount if Spidey ever wants it. The costume was the same we've seen the future Spider-Man use in Amazing Spider-Man #500...
|Feb 2004||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #502|