Who on Earth is Dazzler

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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.

Dazzler as she is perhaps best remembered.

Dazzler as she is perhaps best remembered.

Who is the Scarlet Witch?

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Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch

 

In celebration of the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, we’re going to talk a little bit about the Scarlet Witch.  She’s a new heroine to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  She did not appear in X-Men: Days of Future Past, although her brother Quicksilver did.

Real Name: Wanda Maximoff (Alias Wanda Frank)

First Appearance: X-Men #4 (March 1964)

Affiliations: Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, X-Men, Avengers, West Coast Avengers,

Notable Non-Comic Appearances:

  • The Marvel Super Heroes (1966 animated series)
  • Iron Man (1994 animated series)
  • X-Men (1990s animated series)
  • X-Men: Evolution
  • Wolverine and the X-Men
  • Superhero Squad Show

Powers:  The ability to manipulate probability- in other words, she gives her enemies bad luck.  This is occasionally stated as the ability to manipulate Chaos Magic.   Flight and telekenesis are not presented consistently.

Major Series and Plotlines:

  • Avengers vs X-Men (AvX)
  • The Children’s Crusade
  • House of M
  • X-Men
  • The Uncanny X-Men
  • The Avengers

 

Family Ties:  In the comics, she is married to Vision.  Her father is Magneto (obviously this will not hold true in Avengers because of all of the legal issues between Sony and Disney/Marvel) and her mother is Magda Lensherr.  Like her father, Wanda is prone to depression and mental illness, with delusional tendencies in some plotlines.  Wanda’s twin brother is Quicksilver, who also appeared in both Days of Future Past and Avengers: Age of Ultron.  She has maintained relationships other than Vision.  Mother to two sons, Billy and Tommy.

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