Real Name: Edward Lansky
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Originally, Lansky required a unique power armor suit which utilized "gravity-pump circuitry" to allow him to manipulate light. With it, he could fly, emit blinding flashes of light, create semi-solid constructs (similar to those a Green Lantern might make with their Power Ring), or create ersatz Brass knuckles to increase the power of his punches. The suit could absorb fairly large amount of electrical energy without damaging the wearer, but a sufficient amount could (and indeed did) cause the circuitry to overload and convert the wearer into "living energy."
Edward Lansky was born in New York City. He was a physics professor and vice-chancellor of Empire State University who turned to crime as a way to prevent budget cuts for higher education that would have negatively affected the university. As the Lightmaster, Lansky employed Kraven the Hunter and The Tarantula to help him kidnap several officials of the city of New York. The three were defeated by Spider-Man, who foiled the plot.
However, while attempting to short-circuit Lightmaster's body suit, Spider-Man inadvertently caused him to become a being of unstable energy, dependent on constant exposure to light just to survive. In a further battle with Spider-Man, Lightmaster causes a blackout in New York City, causing his own unstable body to dissipate into what he called a "light dimension." Lightmaster escaped from this dimension twice, first by harnessing the powers of the mutant Dazzler, and then those of Quasar's quantum bands. On this latter occasion, Lightmaster succeeded in returning himself to a normal physical existence.
In a recent fight with Cable, he had been hired by the "One World Church" to distribute the FaĆ§ade Virus, which the OWC intended to use to turn everyone blue and thus eliminate racial divides. Cable subverted his control and instead turned everyone pink for two days, before publicly disabling the virus.
In She-Hulk II#17 back to earth, Lightmaster was present at the Bar With No Name in New York when lawyer Mallory Book confronted the present villains because nobody wanted to hire her anymore since her affair with Awesome Andy. Two-Gun Kid beat everyone up when Bartoc treated Mallory badly.
Has a daughter called Sun Girl (Selah Burke), as revealed in Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #6.
First Appearance: The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #1
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Cable & Deadpool (2004)
#4 Dark Reign Files (2009)
- 'If Looks Could Kill, Part 4'#5
- 'If Looks Could Kill, Part 5: Not That There's Anything Wrong With That'
Dark Reign: Mister Negative (2009)
#1 Deadpool Corps: Rank and Foul (2010)
- 'The Last Stand of Mr. Negative'#2
- 'Battle for Chinatown'#3
- 'Negative Reinforcement'
Marvel Masters (2007)
Marvel Team-Up (1972)
#113 Secret Invasion (2008)
- 'The Resurrection of Edward Lansky'
#17 Spider-Man [Hi-C Mini-Comics] (1987)
- 'Planet Without a Hulk, Part 3: Shock After Shock'
#1 Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane (2006)
- '...And There Was Lightmaster!'#2
- 'Again, The Enforcers!'#3
- 'Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?'
Spider-Man: The Root of All Annoyance (2009)
#1 Superior Spider-Man Team-Up (2013)
- 'The Root of All Annoyance'
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
Annual 26 The Incomplete Death's Head (1993)
- 'The Hero Killers, Part One: Fortune and Steel'#203
- 'Bewitched, Bothered, And Be-Dazzled!'#552
- 'Just Blame Spider-Man'
#12 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'Framing Sequence: The End... Yes? / Party Animals / Priceless'
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#6 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'K-M: From Kang to Man-Bull'
#7 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Khoryphos to Magneto'
The Sensational She-Hulk (1989)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
Annual 12#1 Web of Spider-Man (1985)
- 'Twice Stings The Tarantula!'#2
- 'Kraven Is The Hunter!'#3
- '...And There Was Lightmaster!'#19
- 'Again, The Enforcers!'#20
- 'Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?'#49
X-Men Legacy (2008)
Masters of Evil (Marvel)
One World Church
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