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name: Alison Blaire Former aliases: The Disco
Dazzler Identity: Publicly known Occupation: Singer, actress,
dancer, gladiator Legal status: Citizen of the United States with no
criminal record Place of birth: Gardendale, Long Island, New York Marital status: Single Known relatives: Carter (father, deceased),
Katherine (alias Barbara London, mother), Bella (grandmother), Lois London (step-sister),
Nick Brown (step-father) Base of operations: (current) United Kingdom, (former)
"Mojoworld" (in another dimension), (former) New York
City; or mobile, usually in Los Angeles, California; later
Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Salem
Center, Westchester County, New York State Group affiliation: (current) Excalibur, (former)
Gladiators, X-Men First appearance: X-MEN (first series) #130
Alison Blaire is a mutant whose superhuman powers first manifested themselves
in her late adolescence. As an aspiring singer, Blaire was performing at a high
school dance when her ability to transform sound into light first surfaced. Upon
graduation she set out to make a name for herself in the entertainment world using
her light powers to create spectacular effects as she sang. She used the stage
name The Dazzler. Virtually no one knew that Blaire was a mutant; almost everyone
in her audiences assumed that her lighting effects were created through technological
means. Although Blaire had no intention of using her special powers to fight crime
on a regular basis, time and again she found herself using them to thwart the
criminal activities of gangsters and renegade superhumans.
Blaire moved to the Los Angeles area from New York City, and formed a romantic
and professional relationship with Hollywood celebrity Roman Nekoboh. Nekoboh
produced a motion picture (which was never released) featuring Blaire, and persuaded
her to reveal publicly that she was a superhumanly powerful mutant. The revelation
backfired, stirring up renewed public hostility against mutants. Blaire was virtually
blacklisted in the entertainment industry, and had to take primarily low-paying
obscure jobs in order to continue her singing career.
and received training in the use of her superhuman abilities from the mutant X-Men.
As a result, she is now far more adept in the use of her powers than she was in
the past. Dazzler has recently been spending her time in the Mojoverse with her
companion Longshot. The two have been placed as the rulers there and are attempting
to build their world into a much more fair and hospitable place. When last seen,
Dazzler had decided to take care of the X-Babies, miniature versions of the X-Men
created by Mojo.
Height: 5 ft. 8 in. Weight: 115 lbs. Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde
Stength level: The Dazzler
possesses the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height, and build who
engages in intensive regular exercise.
Known superhuman powers:
The Dazzler is a mutant with the superhuman ability to transduce sonic vibrations
which reach her body into various types of light. This ability seems to operate
over a great range of frequencies, including the audible spectrum (35 to 16,500
cycles per second), and a great variation of sound pressure levels regardless
of the complexity, dissonance, or randomness of the sound. For example, a car
crash and a symphonic passage of equal duration will both produce usable incoming
The Dazzler, however, prefers utilizing the sound
of music, particularly that which is rhythmically sustained. Not only is music
more pleasant to her ears, but the steady beat of contemporary popular provides
a more constant source of sound to convert. The precise means by which this conversion
process works is as yet unknown, but it must involve a body-wide energy field
that controls the energy levels of the outer electron shells of her body in such
a way as to cause the cascaded release of photons.
The field thus operates
in a similar fashion as the process that creates a laser (Light Amplification
by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) and apparently has the same efficiency as
a laser (99.9 percent). The released energy is far greater than the incoming kinetic
energy and therefore must involve another, unknown energy source as well. Left
undirected, the Dazzler's light will radiate from her body in all directions,
producing regular flashes of white light (white light is a mixture of all portions
of the visible spectrum). By conscious control over the light she produces, she
can control its direction, frequency (color), amplitude (intensity), and duration.
Apparently the Dazzler must consciously or subconsciously will the light
to leave her body. Otherwise, light would "leak" from her at all times, even when
she was asleep or unconscious. The Dazzler can produce numerous effects with the
light she converts from sonic vibrations. She can simply cause a bright glow all
about her body. She can create very simple patterns out of rays of light like
circles, squares, triangles, and stars. With effort, she can even create holograms
of human beings and other three-dimensional beings and objects. She can create
a pulse of light on the order of several thousand watts seconds of power, which
temporarily blinds people with its brilliance. She can create a chaotic cascade
of sparkling lights and colors that severely upsets other people's equilibrium,
or a pulsating strobe-light effect. By concentrating, the Dazzler can generate
a coherent beam of light, approximating a laser beam, with which she can cut through
Her training with the X-Men, especially with Cyclops,
has taught her how to produce such laser-like beams with much less effort than
it previously required of her. She generally directs the laser from a single finger
when she requires precision in its use, since pointing aids her in defining its
direction. But she can also direct laser blasts from both hands at once when she
wishes, for example, to demolish a large structure.She most often uses her hands
for directing her light effects, but she could also use other parts of her body.
Since studying with the X-Men, she has become adept at directing her blinding
strobe light blast from her eyes. The Dazzler has also learned how to create a
protective force field about herself with laser light that can deflect or vaporize
oncoming projectiles. The Dazzler's potential to convert sound to light is unlimited.
Curiously, she cannot use her own unamplified voice as a source of sound for her
transduction abilities. The Dazzler's body, especially her eyes, shields itself
against any injurious effects of her light transducing abilities, and against
those of bright lights in general. Her ability to transduce sound also protects
her from being deafened by loud noises.
Other abilities: The
Dazzler is a highly skilled athlete, and has become a good hand-to-hand combatant
thanks to her training with the X-Men; talented singer, actress, and dancer; highly
accomplished roller skater.
Paraphernalia: The Dazzler used to
carry a customized radio cassette tape-player to provide her with continuous sound
until she learned to store sound in her costume. Professor Charles Xavier, the
founder of the X-Men, conceived the idea for the special costume that the Dazzler
now wears in battle. Devices within the costume enable the Dazzler to store sonic
energy more efficiently and to gauge and focus the light she generates with greater
skill. The Dazzler also occasionally wears a woman's size eight pair of roller
skates which magnetically adhere to her boots. She is a highly accomplished roller
skater, and can use the skates to move at high speed.