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Dazzler by tombancroft Dazzler by tombancroft
This has nothing to do with the Poll request I am doing right now, I kind of fell into this drawing. I started doodling a girl dancing and then Dazzler popped into my head and I googled some pics of her- then this happened.

To geek out a minute, I have to say Dazzler has a very nostalgic place in my heart. My brother and I were hard-core into comics (Marvel comics ONLY) during the early/mid 80s. This was when Byrne was drawing X-men, Miller was on Daredevil, Perez was on Titans (Okay, I bought some DC), etc. etc. It was GOOD times in comics. Then, Byrne introduces this new mutant (soon after Kitty Pryde, which was also awesome) called Dazzler in the pages of X-men. She was hot. A little late for that decade to have a disco type Farrah Fawcett type character (which was her undoing, I guess) but she was cool, we thought. Then we hear she was getting her own series! Awesome! Another 85 cents toward that comic! (Yep, it was cheap back then.) We waited. The first issue (after being delayed for awhile) came out around Christmas time, I think, and the cover was great. Painted cover, she looked great. We bought (and I still have) about 10 issues thinking it was gonna be huge and worth a ton of cash when I get old (like now)! It flopped. I don't know how many issues it went, but we only got the first couple. The interior art was terrible. The stories were lame. It WASN'T the X-men, that was for sure! So, I dedicate this drawing to LOST POTENTIAL. I still like her but just as an image. I couldn't tell you her character at all.

Another aside: Would Marvel really miss her if I just stole her and made a new comic with her? Seriously, they would miss her? No way. Here's the pitch: (making this up as I go) Allison Blair (hey, I remembered her name!) is the world's biggest party girl. She's actually become well-known (much like Lindsey Lohann, but without the drugs and not lesbian) for her exploits and medium level music career. Few know she has mutant powers that give her the ability to control light when she sings and also gives her the ability to eat whatever she wants and not gain weight. But, isn't there more to the world? She starts telling her party friends that she wants "something more". Disney song begins here. Then she meets Jake. He's just a normal guy that works at the club part time. During the day, though, he's a teacher at the middle school. She likes him immediately. He has an INNER LIGHT (hey, I like that, symbolism) that she hasn't seen before. She wants that. He has a purpose and he's helping people. The next day she surprises Jake and shows up at the school to become the middle school Glee club teacher! (Using her mesmerizing light abilities she gets the job, natch.) The kids have never seen a teacher like her! The boys slobber and the girls hate her immediately. These are GEEK kids and Allison immediately makes it her job to make them cool. (I think I've seen a show like this....) Anyway, its kind of Never Been Kissed meets Glee. Marvel? Are you listening? This thing is GOLD!

I'm such a dad of girls. Dang it.
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Yann0212 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
I love this draw ! Dazzler is my favorite character :p
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TheAmbushBug Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this piece.. the sheer joy of it....
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Manux160983 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the character and love your art. I'm absolutely agree with you. Solo series about Dazzler is required!! ;)
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SP85 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012   Digital Artist
I love the original Dazz... But I totally wish they would make a new comic with her! I'd so read it ^_^
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fieldhockeyfan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
I love Dazzler. I will watch a drawer of Dazzler
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nenuiel Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
I love dazzler! They should do a lot more with her, but unfortunately they don't. =( I like your idea though - although if marvel or any other company wrote it, she would immediately become a teenager to make her more 'relatable'. >.<
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incognitonegro Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dazzler and Illyana Rasputin aka Magik were my two comic book crushes as a geeky kid back in the day. Sweet take on a sweet character.
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
LOVE this one, tom!
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JayFosgitt Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Artist
....Aaaaaaand I love this even more than your other Dazzler piece! So much action and expression here! Great work!
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks man.
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