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Thursday, April 1, 2010
Believe it or not, before Millennium killed the series in 1988, Rob Liefeld was planned to take over pencils on Booster Gold Volume 1. Booster Gold was not selling well, but Dan Jurgens was refusing to bow to editorial pressure to modify Booster Gold into a more traditional hero.
Desperate to increase sales, editor Barbara Randall was seeking alternative ways to draw readers to the flagging book. Since DC was also looking for a way to retain the up-and-coming Liefeld, who was at the time penciling the best-selling 5-issue limited series Hawk & Dove, assigning him as regular artist for the ongoing Booster Gold series seemed a perfect solution: create some buzz on Booster Gold and keep Liefeld at DC Comics.
DC went so far as to hire Liefeld to prepare some promotional character sketches of his interpretation of Booster Gold. Unfortunately, before plans advanced any further, Liefeld was stolen by Marvel Comics for New Mutants and Booster Gold end up canceled. But just think what might have been!
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