The sketch card hobby never ceases to amaze me. We just completed a trade that is sending this smoking hot Dazzler to Miami to join our collection. Every time I look at that card, I love it even more. Charles Hall created a titanic tiny oil painting that floats my boat higher and higher with each glance. Very exciting times.
Dazzler’s blue costume was not part of her original design. It took 38 issues of her solo title before Marvel Comics decided to give her an upgrade in 1985. The result was spectacular, and it enflamed the desire of the Beyonder. He even shared his omnipotent power with her in an attempt to experience human love. The resulting two panels, from Secret Wars II #4, may be the best thing ever seen in a comic book.
Dazzler’s blue suit also landed on the cover of Uncanny X-Men #218, which has been widely lauded as one of Art Adams’ finest works. It simply does not get any better than this.
Now, if you will excuse me, I need to get back to the top of this post and gaze longingly at the Charles Hall painting for a little while longer. I still can’t believe how much pure desire can be packed into such a small space. As I depart, I will leave you with an exclamation point on Dazzler’s blue costume by Katie Cook. My boat is floating away!
Wow. An article discussing Dazzler in a positive way? CRAZINESS!
She is a fantastic character with tremendous potential regardless of costume but the blue was always a fave of mine – albeit with the longer hair. In a sea of impossibly beautiful heroines, I’ve always thought she was supposed to be one of the hottest and I love it when artists clearly agree. That card is amazing!
Charles Hall is yet another of those fantastic artists who make the sketch card hobby such an amazing opportunity for comic-art lovers to own amazing works like these for themselves.
The fact that he manages to scale down paintings to fit so perfectly into such small spaces is only one component that makes his work such a joy to look at and ponder over.