Even if you have zero interest in football, you've probably watched Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show by now. It had all the stunts, theatrics and costumes that you'd expect from the oft-discussed entertainer. But as comic book geeks, we couldn't help but notice that Gaga's outfits seemed strangely similar to a much-celebrated (though not as well-known) X-Men character: Dazzler.
Introduced in The Uncanny X-Men #130 in 1980, Dazzler (real name Alison Blaire) has the unique mutant ability to convert sound into light. She became a singer, using her powers to enhance her concerts, until the X-Men were attacked at one of her shows. She teamed up with the X-Men to help them stop their enemies and became an on-again, off-again member of the team for the next three decades and beyond.
The Super Bowl halftime show made us realize something important about Lady Gaga: She's taken a page out of the mutant's stylebook over the years. So, with that in mind, we ask you: Who wore it better, Lady Gaga or Dazzler?
This is a close one, but I'm going to have to give it to Gaga. Those shoulder pads! Also, matching the eye makeup to the outfit shows a real attention to detail.
This is another Gaga win. I'm liking the can-do attitude of Dazzler's shoulder pads, but the yellow belt isn't doing it for me, and Gaga's sunglasses are aces.
As much as I'm impressed by Gaga's choice of footwear and the subtle rainbow hair, angry Dazzler is the clear winner here. The rips! The hair! And the bold choice of contrasting green eye makeup!
This one really comes down to pink pixie cut or red bandanna.
PINK PIXIE CUT FTW
I hate to give a third look in a row to Dazzler (especially because the subtle roses on Gaga's jacket + the choice of coffee as an accessory is very practical), but come on. That hair. That punk rock attitude. She WILL cut you.
Dazzler's got a classic superhero bodysuit, but I'm giving this one to Gaga for originality and the mysteries her outfit presents: Did she forget to put her shirt on or is it supposed to be like that? WILL WE EVER KNOW THE TRUTH?
This one goes to Dazzler because of practicality — how does Gaga see anything through those sunglasses? They look very opaque. The yellow hair on Gaga is a nice touch, though -- getting some contrast in there.
Gaga wins because rhinestones + skirt will beat one-piece superhero bodysuit every time. Plus Dazzler looks sad. Why are you sad, Dazzler? You won this round!
While Gaga's nipple armor might be a good idea for superhero work, it's questionably effective when it comes to performing. Dazzler's got the edge here, though she might want to size up her tank top.
The classic black dress. But who will win this final battle: Gaga or Dazzler? We'll call this one a tie.