After being mugged one night while leaving work, an elderly tailor loses an eye and his ability to speak. However, he also discovers that he has the power to paralyze with his gaze. Seeking revenge, the unnamed tailor assumes the guise of the professional criminal the Needle. Armed with a yard-long needle, the mute villain attacks young men on the streets at night, sewing their mouths shut. After victimizing S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jerry Hunt, the Needle incurs the wrath of Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), the agent's girlfriend. Somewhat resistant to the Needle's paralyzing gaze, Spider-Woman takes him out with a close-range venom blast. He is subsequently arrested.
With other superhuman adventurers and criminals, the Needle was imprisoned by the Locksmith, but then freed by Spider-Woman.
The Needle joined the Night Shift, and teamed with Captain America against the Power Broker and his augmented mutates. Alongside the Night Shift, he tested Moon Knight to take over as the leader of the Night Shift. Later, alongside the Night Shift, he battled the West Coast Avengers. Alongside the Night Shift, the second Hangman, and Satannish, he battled the Avengers West Coast; his abilities had been enhanced by Satannish's black magic.
The Needle was later defeated by Armory.
Needle has the ability to hypnotically paralyze a victim with his gaze. The Needle appears to be mute and is mentally disturbed. He is an expert tailor.
For a time, the Needle's powers were enhanced by Satannish, increasing his physical attributes to that of an athletic man, allowing his hypnotic gaze to work instantaneously, and rendering his weapon sharp enough to rend cinder block.
The Needle is a fair hand-to-hand combatant, and carries a needle-like weapon over 3-feet long.
Real name revealed in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Hardcover Vol. 10
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