Almost from the beginning, Marvel had big-screen ambitions for Dazzler. But like so many cinematic dreams, Dazzler’s have been repeatedly dashed, leading to makeshift makeovers, dark trips down industry side alleys, and coulda-been-a-contender moments in the makeup mirror. But Dazzler’s failure as a movie star — both in the comics and in real life — has fueled some of the most compelling-yet-forgotten Marvel stories of the 1980s.
I learned about Dazzler in 1985, at the age of 10, though a comic book purchased at a 7-Eleven in the San Fernando Valley. She was jarringly different than every other character, living on a neon edge between fame and Dirk Diggler’s life in the second half of “Boogie Knights.