Secret Origins

Volume 2, Issue 35
Cover Date: Holiday 1988
Release Date: October 18, 1988

Cover Price: $1.50
Guide Price: $3.00 (as of 2011)

"From the Depths"

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Secret Origins, Vol. 2, #35. Image © DC Comics

 

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The following page may contain story spoilers. Read at your own risk.

ARTISTS

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Tim Dzon
Colorist: Tom Ziuko
Letterer: Augustin Mas
Editor: Mark Waid
Cover Artists: Jerry Ordway, Ty Templeton

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CHARACTERS & SETTINGS

Heroes: Blue Beetle II, Booster Gold, Martian Manhunter

Setting: 20th-century New York, NY, USA

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ISSUE SUMMARY

Cover Description: Martian Manhunter and Booster Gold fly into the sky as Maxwell Lord watches from a nearby rooftop. This cover completes a triptych of the Justice League International begun with Secret Origins, Vol. 2, #33 and #34.

Brief Synopsis: Booster reveals his own history to Blue Beetle II.

Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit

Issue Notes: The frame story for the retelling of the origin of Booster Gold involves Blue Beetle and Booster Gold trying to market the personality of the Justice League International.

This story has been reprinted in the following:
52: The Companion (2007)

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ISSUE ANNOTATIONS

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Page 2, panel 1
PRODUCT PLACEMENT: Booster's room at the New York JLI Embassy is full of his latest marketing scheme: Justice League merchandising. The room is full of prototype items, including Booster Gold action figures (bottom left), Booster Gold board game (bottom right), and other Justice League items such as a lunch box and puzzle, both including Booster Gold.

Page 6, panel 5
PRODUCT PLACEMENT: Among the items that Booster is considering marketing is an audio record: Guy Gardner Sings Christmas Carols. It is not uncommon for popular singers and celebrities to release Christmas albums. While Gardner certainly enjoys the traditions of Christmas (as seen in Guy Gardner, Warrior #39), the probability of commercial success of such an album is low, especially given Gardner's abrasive personality and talent for offending potential listeners. (For the record, I'd buy it.)

Page 15, panel 5
PRODUCT PLACEMENT: Booster appears on the cover of Time magazine with the headline "The New Breed of Hero." He is also parodied on the cover of Mad magazine, where Mad mascot Alfred E. Newman dresses in as Booster Gold with a dollar sign replacing the star on his chest.

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Page 17, panel 2
Martian Manhunter's denies Booster the opportunity to cash-in on the League's image, calling Booster's plan "Hucksterism." Booster doesn't give in without a fight.

Page 17, panel 5
PRODUCT PLACEMENT: While searching for the Black Canary Designer Lingerie among Booster's planned products, Beetle finds a Mister Miracle Padlock, Captain Atom Silver Polish, Oberon Elevator Shoes, and Green Lantern "D" Cell Batteries.

For more annotations from this issue which occur at different points in Booster Gold's chronology, click here

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ISSUE REVIEW

Boosterrific Review: Finally character-creator Dan Jurgens provides the complete and detailed origin of the downfall of Michael Jon Carter. This origin only significantly differs from previous tellings in the inclusion of the "sick mother" as the motivation for the Booster Gold's gambling troubles. This may be an attempt to somewhat soften Booster Gold's rough edges for his inclusion in the Justice League. Rather than bolster Booster's character, it only weakens the story of his origin with the inclusion of such a tired cliche. The story is not aided by Tom Dzon's inks, which make Dan Jurgens' pencils almost unrecognizable.

While the origin story is a pedestrian reassembling of previous tales, the brief frame story is highly amusing and includes a number of sight gags and licensed products in the best tradition of Booster Gold. The book is also worth a look for the enlightening "Secrets Behind the Origins" column about Booster Gold by editor Mark Waid.

Boosterrific Rating:

Worth Its Weight In Gold.

Average Fan Rating:

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  • Currently 5.0/5 Stars.
KMD (Dec. 28, 2009, 16:52:14)
Great recap on Booster for all those who came in late-added with a little bit of Blue and Gold fun.

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