Real Name:Zelda Kurtzberg

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Waitress

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Angel (Worthington), Beast (McCoy), Bernard the Poet, Vera Cantor, Cyclops, Iceman, Marvel Girl (Jean Grey), Mimic, Candy Southern

Enemies: Grotesk, Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Maha Yogi, Rocky Rhodes and Satan's Saints

Known Relatives: Unidentified mother

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City

First Appearance: X-Men I#7 (September, 1964)

Powers/Abilities: None


(X-Men I#7 (fb)) - Zelda was a young waitress at the Coffee A-Go-Go in New York. A young patron named Bobby Drake came in at times and flirted with her. She had no idea he was the mutant, Iceman.

(X-Men I#7) - Zelda flirted with Bobby while she waited his table. Before they could talk for long, Bobby ran out when Scott Summers (Cyclops) called him away on a mission. When Bobby said that Scott was a mutant, Zelda didn't believe him.

(Untold Tales of Spider-Man#21) - Bobby and his classmates, Scott, Hank McCoy (Beast), Jean Grey (Marvel Girl), and Warren Worthington (Angel), ordered coffee and fries at the Coffee A-Go-Go from Zelda. When a man rushed in yelling about a threat down the street, Bobby and his teammates rushed out.

(X-Men I#14) - Months later, Zelda waited on Bobby Drake and Hank McCoy while Bernard the Poet performed. Bobby asked Zelda out, and she agreed, but then he rushed out without explanation, leaving her angry and confused.

(X-Men I#19) - Zelda agreed to go out with Bobby, and set up her roommate, Vera Cantor, with Hank McCoy. They met at the library. Out on the street, a jealous suitor of Vera's, Calvin Rankin (the Mimic), picked a fight with the boys, and they rushed off soon after, again without explanation.

(X-Men I#22) - Now Bobby's girlfriend, Zelda met Bobby for a movie date, and Hank and Vera came along again. After seeing 'Thunderball,' they all went back to the girls' apartment for some snacks. After a report on the radio came on about the X-Men being in trouble, Hank rushed out, leaving Bobby to make some excuses before he too left.

(X-Men I#24 - BTS) - Bobby had a date with Zelda scheduled that his X-Men duties conflicted with.

(X-Men I#27) - To make up for their abrupt absence last time, Bobby and Hank took Zelda and Vera out for a bite to eat. When Bobby discovered he had forgotten his money, Zelda didn't mind paying for the food. When a bank robbery took place across the street, Zelda and Vera rushed off to see the action. After Spider-Man stopped the crooks, the girls returned to the restaurant to find Bobby and Hank missing once again.

(X-Men I#31) - Bobby called Zelda and set up another double date, and Zelda and Vera agreed to meet at the Coffee A-Go-Go. They listened to Bernard the Poet perform, then Bernard came to the table and flirted with Zelda. When he sat with them, his drink became unexpectedly frozen and he rushed off. Soon, Hank and Bobby excused themselves inexplicably, leaving Zelda and Vera alone once again.

(X-Men I#32 (fb)) - Zelda turned down a date proposal from Rocky Rhodes, the leader of a motorcycle gang called Satan's Saints.

(X-Men I#32) - Zelda hired a band to play at the Coffee A-Go-Go and baked a birthday cake in order to throw a surprise party for Bobby on his birthday. Bobby brought his classmates and Candy Southern soon showed up. Vera and Bernard the Poet attended as well. Zelda waltzed with Bobby on the dance floor. Bernard soon recited a poem for the occasion, to which Zelda applauded. Rocky Rhodes and his motorcycle gang burst on to the scene in a fury. Through a series of antics, Bobby and his friends were able to stop the gang from doing anything, impressing Zelda. Bobby walked Zelda home, and was rewarded with a kiss.

(X-Men: First Class II#16) - Zelda was waiting on Johnny Storm (the Human Torch) at the coffee shop. When Bobby saw them together, he was jealous and rushed out.

(X-Men I#41) - Zelda and Bobby were on a double date with Hank and Vera when the villain Grotesk attacked their subway car, and their boyfriends had to abandon them to deal with the crisis.

(X-Men I#47) - Zelda and Bobby went on another double date with Hank and Vera to see a live performance of the mentalist Maha Yogi. When they found that the show was sold out, they went to Coffee A-Go-Go to wait and see if there would be cancellations, and listened to a new poet nicknamed "Fat Man" by the crowds. Returning to the theatre, they were able to get seats, but Hank and Bobby recognized Maha Yogi as the X-Men's enemy Warlock, and fought him. After his defeat, they tried to make amends with the girls by offering a night at the Copa nightclub, but didn't have enough money, and had to settle for a Greenwich Village diner instead.

(Marvel Holiday Special 1994 (fb)) - While Bernard performed, Zelda waited on Bobby and Hank, prepared for their double date after she got off-shift. When Vera arrived, she told the boys about a monster (see Metoxo) in the streets, and they rushed off with an excuse about being mutants and stopping it. The girls scoffed at being stood up again.

(X-Men: First Class Special#1/2) - After greeting Bobby and his friends at the Coffee A-Go-Go, Zelda introduced Bernard the Poet to the patrons. During the performance, she took away Warren's cell phone. She was apalled when Bobby and his friends seemingly transformed into monstrous versions of themselves and the patrons rushed out in fear. Later, these events, which were caused by Bernard's latent mutant powers, were erased from Zelda's memories.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#2 (fb)) - Zelda stopped hearing from Bobby, and just had to assume they'd broken up. One night, unexpectedly, Bobby showed up at Zelda's apartment needing a place to stay, and Zelda let him sleep on the couch.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#2) - Zelda was very angry about him dumping her with no word. The argument soon woke Vera. As Zelda tried to explain Bobby's presence there to her mother on the phone, Bobby woke up. She asked him what he was doing, and he admitted distress about his new girlfriend. When Bobby seemed to go into a trance and rushed out, Zelda called Candy Southern to see if Candy knew anything about the mysterious school Bobby was attending.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Chic Stone.

Thank you to Michael Hoskin and Richard Green for their help in filling in holes in this profile.

Cyclops II#1 could've been Zelda's first appearance chronologically because of the villains seen in the story, but see below.

Cyclops II#1 (May, 2011) seems to be in the reality of the "First Class" comics (X-Men: First Class, Uncanny X-Men: First Class, Wolverine: First Class, etc.). While some of these stories (or at least, similar events to the ones we saw in the comic) did occur on Earth-616 (i.e. the X-Men meeting Gorilla-Man early in their career), the general editorial consensus has been that the "First Class" comics were not in -616.

Zelda received her last name in Iceman's profile in OHotMU A-Z HC#5.

Profile by Chadman


Zelda has no known connections to


(Zelda) X-Men: the Hidden Years I#2, p9, pan5

Marvel Holiday Special 1994, p16, pan3

X-Men I#14 (November, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby & Werner Roth (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
X-Men I#19 (April, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Werner Roth (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)
X-Men I#22 (July, 1966) - Roy Thomas (writer), Werner Roth (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
X-Men I#24 (September, 1966) - Roy Thomas (writer), Werner Roth (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
X-Men I#27 (December, 1966) - Roy Thomas (writer), Werner Roth (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
X-Men I#31-32 (March-April, 1967) - Roy Thomas (writer), Werner Roth (pencils), John Tartaglione (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
X-Men I#41 (February, 1968) - Roy Thomas (writer), Don Heck (pencils), George Tuska (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
X-Men I#47 (August, 1968) - Gary Friedrich & Arnold Drake (writers), Don Heck & Werner Roth (pencils), John Tartaglione (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Marvel Holiday Special 1994 - Kurt Busiek (writer), James Fry (pencils), Neil Volkes (inks)
X-Men/Clan Destine#1 (October, 1996) - Alan Davis (writer/pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Untold Tales of Spider-Man#21 (May, 1997) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Pat Olliffe (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
X-Men: The Hidden Years#2 (January, 2000) - John Byrne (writer/pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Jason Liebig (editor)
X-Men: First Class Special#1/2 (July, 2007) - Jeff Parker (writer), Nick Dragotta (penciler), Mike Allred (inker), Mark Paniccia (editor)
X-Men: First Class II#16 (November, 2008) - Jeff Parker (writer), Patrick Scherberger (penciler), Craig Yeung (inker), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Cyclops II#1 (May, 2011) "The Bicycle Thief" or "How Cyclops Got His Groove Back" - Lee Black (writer), Dean Haspiel (penciler/inker), Sebastian Girner (editor)

First Posted: 11/09/2005
Last Updated: 11/08/2006

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