Characters : Lightmaster

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Attributes
Eyes

Brown.

Features

Glows a lot.

Hair

Brown.

Height

5'11"

Weight

175 lbs.

Powers
Abilities

Can convert light to solid objects either through his suit (when human) or through himself (when living light).

Equipment

Flying carpet, cages, coal cars and other things made out of solid light.

Limitations

Needs constant supply of light to survive.

Powers

Flight. Light bursts and other manipulations of light.

Strength Level

When human, Lansky has normal strength. When living light, his strength is presumably many times greater.

Weapons

Axes, mallets, giant hands, fly swatters, cymbals, vacuum cleaners, battering rams, lawn mowers and other things made out of solid light.

Summary
Citizenship

USA

Created By
Current Occupation

Encased in a big box.

Dual Identity

Known to authorities.

Education

Doctorate in Physics.

Former Aliases

El Lider (To Tarantula I.)

Former Bases

New York City.

Former Occupation

Physics professor, Vice-Chancellor of Empire State University.

Known Allies

Tarantula I, Kraven the Hunter I, The Enforcers (Montana, Fancy Dan, Ox III.)

Legal Status

A resident of Genetech.

Major Enemies

Spider-Man, White Tiger, Dazzler, Quasar, She-Hulk, Cloak and Dagger.

Marital Status

Single.

Place of Birth

New York City.

Real Name

Dr. Edward Lansky.

Usual Bases

Genetech.

Background

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)

Appears In...

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

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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.