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Listen. Can you hear it? The wind. Cars. The ocean. The laughter and the screaming and the hum of everything. This city is a symphony. And I'm her speaker.
~ Dazzler.
None of us asked for this, Lois. I could have been a lawyer. But I wanted something more. I wanted to entertain. I got way more than I bargained for, though. I thought I had to be one or the other. I gave it that power. I made some bad decisions. I lost myself. I let myself be the label. The mutant. The has-been. The joke. But the greatest realization I made in all of this is that it doesn't matter how everyone sees me. I'm not just a mutant. Or a singer. Or any one thing... All of this is me. ... Lois, the only thing we have in common...is a bloody nose.
~ Dazzler.

Dazzler (real name Alison Blaire) is a fictional character and superheroine in Marvel comics and universe, and is associated with the X-Men. Her mutant powers allow her transduce sonic vibrations via light, and has been a member of the X-Men, Excalibur, S.H.I.E.L.D. and A-Force.

She was created by John Romita Jr. and Tom DeFalco, and first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #130 in February of 1980.

Background

A mutant with the ability to convert sound vibrations into light and energy beams, Dazzler was originally developed as a cross-promotional, multi-media creation between Casablanca Records and Marvel Comics until the tie-ins were dropped in 1980. Despite the fact that Dazzler was originally commissioned as a disco singer, the character shifted to other musical genres, including rock and adult contemporary.

She starred in a self-titled solo series in the early 1980s which lasted forty-two issues, a Marvel Graphic Novel titled Dazzler: The Movie, a four-issue limited series co-starring The Beast titled Beauty and the Beast, and later joined the cast of the X-Men. She was briefly a member of the spin-off group Excalibur but has since re-joined the X-Men.

Biography

Early Life

Alison Blaire was born in Gardendale, Long Island, New York to law student Carter Blaire, and entertainer Katherine Blaire. Her parents' relationship was tense, and Katherine eventually walked out on Carter while Alison was young, leaving her to be raised by her father and grandmother. While growing up, Alison developed dreams of becoming a singer, but her father didn't like the idea, and forced to choose a path similar to his. Alison became an academic star during her youth, and was encouraged by her grandmother to explore outside of law school.

Becoming Dazzler

While performing at a junior high school, Alison's powers manifested, causing her blind all in attendance excluding herself. Alison kept her powers a secret, causing her relationship with her father to become strained. During her time in college, Alison decided to explore her powers and music ability, and created the persona of "Dazzler", and abandoned her father's dream. At the graduation ceremony, Alison informed her father that she wasn't going to follow his dream of becoming a lawyer, and that she would work on her singing career without his support.

Dazzler used her powers to draw her performances, which caught the attention of both the X-Men and the Hellfire Club. Once discovering her, both groups wanted to recruit her into their team, but the X-Men succeeded in helping her defeat the Hellfire Knights. Despite being offered a position in the X-Men, Dazzler declined to join, choosing to focus on her singing career. Dazzler became a target for numerous people, once being possessed by the Lightmaster, but she was saved by Spider-Man. In addition, Dazzler became popular in both the club and superhero circuit, and became associated with the Human Torch.

Love-Interests

Quotes

I dunno about the rest of you, but I'm done counting up bodies. I'm done with people like Albion committing wholesale slaughter in the name of making this a "better" world. This is our home. Our world. Our future. And I'm damned if I'll give up any of it to the likes of him.
~ Dazzler.
All right. Recap. We've got a nine-year-old Wolverine with a critically injured father who'll die if he's moved...stuck in a little wooden farmhouse vulnerable to attack on all sides...with this world's evil Charles Xavier and his gang of psychotic mutant cowboys on his way to kill us. Did I leave anything out?
~ Dazzler.

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Trivia

  • Ranked 83rd in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.
  • TIME listed Dazzler as one of the "Top 10 Oddest Marvel Characters".
  • Beast, Human Torch and Juggernaut have had crushes on Dazzler.

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