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Justice League America


Volume 1, Issue 37, April 1990
Released February 13, 1990

Cover Price: $1.00
Guide Price: $2.00 (as of 2011) Rating
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Justice League America, Vol. 1, #37. Image © DC Comics



Writers: J. M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Penciller: Adam Hughes
Inker: Art Nichols
Colorist: Gene D'Angelo
Letterer: Albert DeGuzman
Assistant Editor: Kevin Dooley
Editor: Andrew Helfer
Cover Artist: Adam Hughes

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Cover Description: Fire stands behind Booster Gold, and Blue Beetle is cradled in Ice's arms as all four stare in horror at the reader.

Brief Synopsis: A stray cat infiltrates the Justice League New York Embassy and wrecks havoc while Booster contemplates quitting the Justice League.

Issue Summary: Reveal Potential Spoilers

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)

Issue Notes: This is the first comic book in which Booster Gold plays a major role, appearing on over 1/3 of the pages, but never appears in costume.

Story Notes: This story, "Furballs," is continued as "Furballs Part II" in Justice League Europe #13, published the same month. Booster Gold does not appear in that issue.

This story has been reprinted in:
Justice League International Omnibus (2020)

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Page 2, panel 1
Booster Gold and Blue Beetle continue their punishment for the Club JLI fiasco in Justice League America #34 and #35 by washing dishes in the New York Embassy of the Justice League. Beetle makes a reference to Hazel, a 1960s television sitcom featuring the housekeeper as the title character.

Page 2, panel 5
Booster compares Martian Manhunter to Captain Bligh, an eighteenth century British naval officer famous for a mutiny against him on the HMS Bounty. Clearly the allusion that Booster is making is that he is a mutinous soldier under Martian Manhunter's command.

Page 3, panel 2
As Booster complains about the situation to Martian Manhunter, he reveals that two weeks have passed since the conclusion of Justice League America #35.

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Page 12, panel 4
FIRST APPEARANCE: First appearance of Claire Montgomery. Claire and Booster are having a business dinner at Chez What? The name of the restaurant is a pun on the question, "say what?" Booster and Claire have met to discuss a business opportunity that will play a major role in Booster's future.

Page 15, panel 1
First on-panel appearance of the yellow cat, the soon-to-be mascot of the Justice League Europe. The cat was first shown in a cameo appearance in Justice League America #35. Despite the image on the cover, Booster Gold does not actually meet the cat in this issue.

Page 22, panel 1

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Boosterrific Review: After a one-issue aberration, the series returns to greatness with a return to the unique blend of humor, intrigue, action, and fantastic art that has been a hallmark of the Giffen/DeMatteis era of the Justice League. All this plus a momentous turning point in the life of Booster Gold! Surely this series has to be among the best ever.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 5.0/5 Stars.

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