(Cover by Bob Larkin)
Published and © by Marvel, Mar. 1981
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“So Bright This Star”
Synopsis: Disco singer Alison Blaire teams with superheroes, tries to find a job and wins a sing off against the Enchantress.
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Penciler: John Romita, Jr.
Inker: Alfredo Alcala
Review: Dazzler #1 is not an awful comic. It’s not good, by any means, but not nearly as bad as its reputation would suggest. Conceived by committee as a movie tie-in (see Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed for details) , the character is more marketing creation than act of inspiration. And it shows, as this debut issue lacks any real spark. Tom DeFalco’s prose is over the top and his dialogue can be painful. The relatively early John Romita Jr. art shows potential, but lacks the unique style he would later develop (and Alfredo Alcala’s rather bland inks don’t help, either).
Second opinions: “The story itself isn’t that bad …” — Tom McLean, Bags and Boards. … “ … a total turkey …” — The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).
Cool factor: Umm … the cover is awfully nice? And there’s a nice scene establishing just how evil the Enchantress can be.
Not-so-cool factor: Too many guest stars (Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers). That painful sing off against the Enchantress. Mirrored, high-heeled boots with magnetically attached roller skates. And the fact that Pink Floyd and Billy Joel are the two musical acts mentioned in this disco-themed comic.
Notable: According to Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World’s Greatest Comics, Dazzler #1 was the first regular series from Marvel to debut exclusively through the direct market, selling an impressive 428,000 copies.
Character quotable: “But chasing a dream can be so lonely … so terribly, terribly lonely.” — Allison “Dazzler” Blaire, apparently oblivious to the gazillion guest stars running around this issue.