A promininent member of the upcoming A-Force, Dazzler is scorned by many and loved by few. Fortunately, I love Dazzler, so you guys have to listen to me talk about her.
Real Name: Alison Blaire
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #130 (February 1980)
Affiliations: Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, X-Men, Avengers, West Coast Avengers,
Notable Non-Comic Appearances:
- Dazzler is almost definitely best known for appearing in the X-Men arcade game in 1992.
- Time Magazine called her one of Marvel’s 10 oddest characters
- Dazzler appeared in the Dark Pheonix arc of the 1990s X-Men cartoon
Powers: Alison is a walking, talking party. Sound conversion to energy beams, light projection, strobe lights, lasers, energy manipulation, and immunity to light and sound. She’s the hero you want DJing your wedding.
Pre-Superhero Bio: Raised by a father intolerant of her creative dreams, Alison wanted to become a singer. She pursues this after her graduation, using her powers to make herself into a star. Eventually, her “technological secret” was out, and both the X-Men and the Hellfire club pursued her. As a result, several of her performances were destroyed by everyone from Doctor Doom to the Incredible Hulk. She turned down both numerous times before eventually joining the X-Men once her cover was blown and her career was ruined.
Notable Series and Plotlines:
- X-Men: Battle Of The Atom (Dazzler is the first mutant president. Awesome until she is promptly assassinated. At her inauguration.)
- Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness (Dazzler helps Ash before being destroyed by Ultron.)
- Dazzler (1981-5)
Family Ties: Alison Blaire was raised by non-mutant folk, and in her early arcs tended to date non-mutant folk. Her half-sister, Lois, was also a mutant, and the pair went on the lam after Lois accidentally murdered a homeless man. Notable relationships include Warren Worthington III (Angel) and Longshot. Close friends include Jubilee, and former bodyguards inexplicably include Deadpool.
Commentary: Often coveted and pursued, Dazzler was actually depicted as extremely powerful subduing Rogue, Mystique, and Destiny all at once. Dazzler is a commentary on the dangers of fame, and what happens when a person becomes a public figure or even a brand. The constant exploitation of Dazzler is tragic, and her backstory includes lots and lots of blackmail. Starting over is also a constant theme for Alison, and her death is faked at least twice.
Dazzler rose to fame right at the end of the disco era, and sort of became a punchline when her comic eventually failed.