thom chiaramonte

I draw comics, ride bikes, and eat melon; sometimes simultaneously.

TRDL 2010 Series No. 9 - Dazzler

TRDL 2010 Series No. 9 - Dazzler

TRDL 2010 Series No. 9 - Dazzler

This was done for the TRDL Art Jam, the subject being the late-70’s superfad KISS-tie-in character Dazzler..

I never, never, NEVER liked Dazzler. I was born in the early 70s, but I wasn’t old enough to disco or what have you, and so this sort of music had supplanted Cream, the Beatles, the Doors and the Stones as the annoying music piped out of the fraternities across the street from my childhood home near UCLA. Granted, I don’t remember disliking the psychedelic rock particularly, it just made for awkward background music for my action figure action. But the disco? Hated it, even as a kid. So when Marvel was shoe-horning Dazzler into continuity to take advantage of the KISS promo books, I wasn’t having it. Over time the character kept coming back, and was a small component of the greater problem in the X-books when I left comics for awhile in the Siege Perilous years. MEH! Of course, 33,000 hours of studying my Marvel Handbooks, followed by a good run of a Marvel RPG campaign in which I believe she was strangled by Doctor Octopus, helped me at least see the character as part of the Marvel Universe, not just a bad superfad angle. And as an adult reader, I look back on pretty much everything from those days with the same level of wonder and nostalgia, and it doesn’t even bother me anymore. She’s just another attempt to sell books, and who can fault that.

Anyway, OK. This TRDL pin-up was envisioned as a fictitious movie poster. You’ll note I’m not a great caricaturist, but that’s supposed to be Isla Fisher as Dazzler, in full 70s regalia. Probably should have feathered the hair out, but hey. You’ll I’m sure wonder about Peter Weller as Galactus, there. True continuity! She had the power cosmic at one point. Yeesh.

Anyway, please enjoy!

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TRDL 2010 Series No. 10 -Carol Danvers / Captain Mar-Vell

TRDL 2010 Series No. 10 -Carol Danvers / Captain Mar-Vell

TRDL 2010 Series No. 8 - Dagger

TRDL 2010 Series No. 8 - Dagger