Name: Bob Benson
Other Names: Robert "Bob" Brown
First Appearance: Dazzler #33 (Aug. 1984): "Chiller!"
Number of Appearances: 2
Enemy of: Dazzler
Employer: Paragon Studios
Occupation: film director
Note: tried to kill Dazzler on set of "Chiller" music video
Bob Benson was loosely based on real-life Jewish film director John Landis. Landis directed the Michael Jackson music video "Thriller," which is what the Dazzler/Teddy Lingard video "Chiller" was based on. Benson and Landis are similar in appearance, and the comic story includes a specific "tip of the hat" reference to An American Werewolf in London, which was also directed by Landis. The unfortunate deaths that occurred on the set of a previous Benson film are an allusion to the deaths on Landis's film Twilight Zone.
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