Characters : Lightmaster
Glows a lot.
Can convert light to solid objects either through his suit (when human) or through himself (when living light).
Flying carpet, cages, coal cars and other things made out of solid light.
Needs constant supply of light to survive.
Flight. Light bursts and other manipulations of light.
When human, Lansky has normal strength. When living light, his strength is presumably many times greater.
Axes, mallets, giant hands, fly swatters, cymbals, vacuum cleaners, battering rams, lawn mowers and other things made out of solid light.
Encased in a big box.
Known to authorities.
Doctorate in Physics.
El Lider (To Tarantula I.)
New York City.
Physics professor, Vice-Chancellor of Empire State University.
Tarantula I, Kraven the Hunter I, The Enforcers (Montana, Fancy Dan, Ox III.)
A resident of Genetech.
Spider-Man, White Tiger, Dazzler, Quasar, She-Hulk, Cloak and Dagger.
New York City.
Dr. Edward Lansky.
Dr. Edward Lansky is a former Professor of Physics specializing in Light Phenomena. As Vice-Chancellor of Empire State University, he is fighting a losing battle against budget cuts so he decides to hire Tarantula to 1) kidnap him (thereby removing himself from the list of suspects) and 2) kill the Mayor and make it look like a botched kidnapping. Spider-Man thwarts the murder attempt so Lansky hires Kraven the Hunter to assist Tarantula (Rodriguez) in the taking of ESU Chancellor Richard Gorman... Dead or Alive! Even though this kidnapping is successful, Lansky decides to rid himself of employees and take matters into his own hands. He uses his expertise in light to create a costume that can capture and manipulate light and becomes Lightmaster. In his battle with Spider-Man, Lansky claims that his motives were originally altruistic, that he was not planning to profit from his crimes except by becoming E.S.U.'s chancellor and fighting for the students. But now, overwhelmed by his new power, he plans to stay a super-villain. Spidey defeats him by running electricity through him.
Later, Lansky discovers that the short-circuiting of his suit has caused a transformation in his body. His molecules become unstable and he needs to constantly surround himself with light in order to survive. Intent on revenge, he hires the Enforcers (Montana, Fancy Dan and Ox III) to flush Spider-Man out. Spidey defeats the Enforcers. Watching the battle from afar, Lightmaster believes he has figured out Spidey's secret identity. He is E.S.U. student Hector Ayala. Lightmaster kidnaps the student and plans to gain his revenge by revealing Hector's secret identity to the world. But Hector is not Spider-Man. Rather, he is the White Tiger. Together with Spider-Man, he forces Lansky to absorb so much light from a power station that he causes a blackout. With the sudden absence of power, Lightmaster appears to fade away to nothing.
Instead, he is actually shunted into another dimension... a "light dimension". From that dimension, he senses the power of the Dazzler and uses her abilities to bring himself back to Earth. Spider-Man sends him back to the light dimension from whence he came.
Sometime later, Lightmaster takes control of Quasar's energy wristbands and uses their power to escape the light dimension. Spider-Man joins the fight and Lightmaster is again defeated. But this time, with Quasar's help, Edward Lansky returns to his regular human form.
In his most recent appearance, Lansky is released from prison into the care of Genetech, a company seeking access to the light dimension. He uses Genetech's machines to turn himself back into living light, and then seeks out Dagger (of Cloak and Dagger) in order to siphon her energy. But Cloak defeats him by absorbing him into his realm of darkness. When he is spit out again so that the Genetech crew can reclaim him, Lansky is little more than a skeleton with a trace of Lightmaster's light. But Genetech believes it can regenerate Lansky, so they stick him in a big regenerating box where, for all we know, he still is.
Lightmaster showed up years later, as the leader of the Wrecking Crew, who attempted to steal a particle engine from Alchemax, the company owned by Liz Allan. The Wrecking Crew were delayed by Sun Girl, but stopped completely by the Superior Spider-Man's Superior Six. (Sandman, Vulture, Electro, Chameleon, Mysterion) (Superior Spider-Man Team Up #5) Soon, he also enlisted the Masters of Evil to be a diversion to Spider-Man and the Six, while he and the Wrecking Crew went after the particle engine at Parker Industries. Lanksy began escaping with the engine when he noticed Sun Girl...his daughter. Spider-Man had her destroy the engine with her light powers, which activated the engine instead. Soon, the lot of them found themselves in a New York full of grounded air planes, ships and sand. Plenty to feed the out of control Sandman. (Superior Spider-Man Team Up #6) Lanksy believed his daughter had died in the explosion and was inconsolable for the rest of the crisis. Afterward he went back to prison. (Superior Spider-Man Team Up #7)
|Dec 1976||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #1|
|First as Lansky|
|Jan 1977||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #2|
|Feb 1977||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #3|
|First as Lightmaster|
|Jun 1978||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #19|
|Jul 1978||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #20|
|Apr 1980||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #203|
|Jan 1982||App: Marvel Team-Up #113|
|Feb 1991||App: She-Hulk (Vol. 2) #24|
|Year 1992||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) Annual #26 (Story 1)|
|Year 1992||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) Annual #12|
|Year 1992||App: Web of Spider-Man Annual #8 (Story 1)|
|May 2008||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #552|
|Jan 2014||App: Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #5|
The assistance of the Marvel Chronology Project is gratefully acknowledged.
Some of the above information is extracted from the various versions of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and the more recent Marvel Encyclopaedias.