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Dazzler: The Movie (Marvel Graphic Novel, No. 12) Paperback – January 1, 1990
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Well, "Dazzler: The Movie" lands smack dab in the middle of that struggle, as Alison lets her quest for fame blind her to the people using her for their own gain, including "outing" her as a mutant. This leads to a shift in her series and character arc, after which she would never quite be the fame-seeker she once was. (Though she never gave it up completely.)
For this graphic novel, the art team of Frank Springer and Vince Colletta return (though it may have, in fact, been produced during their run on the comic) and the scripting is handled by Editor-in-chief and acclaimed writer Jim Shooter, who had helped usher in Dazzler when she began as a planned cross-promotion with Casablanca Records.
It's not the strongest story of Dazzler's original run, but it does what it needs to do and Shooter handles it deftly. Colletta's inks provide the same compliment to Springer as they did on the original comic (something that's not always the case with Colletta) and, of course, Springer handles the glamour aspect of the series (80s fashions and all) very well.
"Dazzler: The Movie" is not the greatest Dazzler story, nor the best Marvel Graphic Novel. But it is a fine example of what her character was all about at the time and a valid entry point for readers unfamiliar with the character. For all those reasons, I give it full marks for succeeding at what it sets out to do.
To me Dazzler represents much of what was craven about Marvel during the Jim Shooter, Editor in Chief, era. Dazzler was a character created specifically to be cross-promoted with Casablanca records. Shooter had immense difficulties getting any of Marvel's talent to work on this ego-driven schlock project. Casablanca kept demanding changes to the character, and then backed out of the whole deal before she even appeared in comic form. Shooter, a dangerous idiot and pathological liar, pushed forward on the project pretending Dazzler was not a failed cross-over product but rather an example of how Marvel Comics was not afraid to address controversial contemporary topics, . . . such as the problems pretty blond women have earning respect as disco singers?!?!
Continuing to try to sell Dazzler to a film production company, Shooter forced writers across Marvel to feature the character in cross-over appearances in their comics and the whole mess was embarrassing to the company and resented by the creators and reading audience. I guess this book was Shooter finally pulling the martyr card, "If Hollywood is too "conservative" and "safe" to make a Dazzler movie I at least will release the story as a comic so as not to deprive the reading public of this important cultural statement about how we all should be more accepting of hot blond teen disco singers/movie actresses."
Shooter is just a hideous person who made the world a measurable worse place through the damage he did to the comic industry. The fact that he forced Marvel employees to work on a graphic novel he basically self-published about a pet-project as vapid as Dazzler just to feed his stubborn ego reveals quite a bit about his character.