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Volume 2, Issue 65, March 1992
Released January 21, 1992

Cover Price: $1.00
Guide Price: $6.00 (as of 2003) Rating
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Superman, Vol. 2, #65. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Brett Breeding
Colorist: Glenn Whitmore
Letterer: John Costanza
Assistant Editor: Dan Thorsland
Editor: Michael Carlin

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Cover Description: Clockwise from center, Superman, Guy Gardner, Agent Liberty, Aquaman, Deathstroke, Guardian, Batman, and Captain Marvel charge forward. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: Planning an assault on Warworld, Superman secures the aid of Lexcorp and Professor Hamilton before recruiting Deathstroke to lead the force, then Wonder Woman and Aquaman who convince him to gather more.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Supporting (Booster Gold plays a lesser role)

Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit

Issue Notes: "Panic in the Sky! Second Strike." (Superman diamond chronology "1992:10.") The title of this storyline, "Panic in the Sky," is based on an episode of the 1950s Adventures of Superman television show. Dan Jurgens is the author of this issue, and it is little surprise that he would include his creation Booster Gold in the heroes assembled.

Story Notes: "Panic in the Sky! Second Strike." (Superman diamond chronology "1992:10.")

This story has been reprinted in:
Superman: Panic in the Sky! (1993)

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Page 18, panel 3
Inside Lexcorp Tower, Booster Gold assembles with the following heroes:
Agent Liberty, Batman, Big Barda, Blue Beetle II, Captain Marvel, Crimson Fox, Deathstroke, Elongated Man, Fire, Flash III, the Forever People (Beautiful Dreamer, Big Bear, Mark Moonrider, Serifan, Vykin the Black), Gangbuster, Guardian III, Guy Gardner, Ice, Kilowog, the Metal Men (Gold, Lead, Iron, Mercury, Platinum, Tin), Mister Miracle, Rocket Red #4, Starman V, Superman, Thorn, Valor, and Wonder Woman. This is Booster's first meeting with Agent Liberty, Deathstroke, the Forever People, and the Metal Men. This is Booster's second meeting with Thorn, the first 20th-century hero that he ever teamed-up with (as seen in Booster Gold, Vol. 1, #4).

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Page 20, panel 3
Booster comments to Beetle that the assembled crowd makes it feel as though "the JLA had never been disbanded!" The United Nations revoked the charter of the Justice League in Justice League Europe #31. Long before that happened, however, Booster had quit the Justice League to lead the Conglomerate.

Page 22, panel 2
Booster is presumably still in the assembly (but off-panel) when Brainiac's Headship starship returns to Metropolis with a captured and disabled Aquaman.

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Boosterrific Review: Despite being promoted as "Second Strike" in the "Panic in the Sky!" story, this issue reads as though it were an extended prologue. The issue does little to advance the story of Brainiac's invasion of Earth, but it deserves credit for building anticipation for the story as Superman assembles his army of familiar faces.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
Gold Standard.

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