Real Name: P.J. James
Identity/Class: Human; possible mutant (see comments)
Group Membership: None known
Affiliations: Dazzler (Alison Blaire), Makoto Suzuki, Rogue
Enemies: Unidentified criminals
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout Earth;
In this story: A club in Manhattan, NYC
First Appearance: Marvel Fanfare I#38/2 (June, 1988)
Powers/Abilities: He was a genius on every instrument.
(Marvel Fanfare I#38/2 (fb) - BTS) - Some time ago Dazzler had a jam session with P.J. James.
(Marvel Fanfare I#38/2) - The famous musician P.J. James visited a Manhattan club and everyone was in awe because it was so hard these days to see him live without paying for expensive concert tickets for him and his band. He introduced his friend Makoto to Rogue and his old friend Dazzler. The club owner and the audience demanded one number from him, and P.J. gave in. Together with Makoto, Dazzler, and Rogue he played a song for the club's visitors on an electric guitar. The show was suddenly interrupted by some thugs who wanted to kidnap P.J. James. Rogue worked out a plan in a second and kissed P.J. to steal some of his musical abilities. P.J. jumped into the arms of his kidnappers, and Rogue began to play the keyboard for Dazzler who defeated the kidnappers with her light powers. P.J. was helped to his feet by Makoto, and the musicians stayed in the club with the heroines for the rest of the night.
Comments: Created by Jo Duffy, Colleen Doran & Terry Austin.
Rogue assumed that James' expertise of all instruments was a mutant ability because she could steal it with her powers.
The club in this story was formerly the disco the X-Men found Dazzler in in Uncanny X-Men#130.
Loki stumbled across some interesting background info on the character:
Comic Book Legends Revealed #282 | CBR
Most relevant bit "The plan was for PJ James to be introduced later in Fallen Angels II, where it would be revealed that he was a mutant and his power involved his musical abilities. Instead, the Fanfare story went nowhere."
Profile by Markus Raymond
P.J. James has no known connection to:
Makoto Suzuki has no known connection to:
He was a Japanese musician who was famous from Tokyo to Honolulu. Together with P.J. James he went into a club in Manhattan where he played the bass at James' side for one number until the show was interrupted by kidnappers. Makoto was afraid when P.J. jumped into the kidnappers' arms, but after Dazzler and Rogue had defeated them he helped P.J. to his feet and stayed with the others at the club for the rest of the night.
--Marvel Fanfare I#38/2
Marvel Fanfare I#38, p26, pan3 (main)
Marvel Fanfare I#38, p25, pan1 (head shot)
Marvel Fanfare I#38, p25, pan1 (Makoto Suzuki)
First Posted: 08/11/2005
Last updated: 10/02/2021
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