- Booster Gold
Friday, November 20, 2015
These days, the DC Universe seems to be chock full of secret organizations of dubious morality. There's nothing new about that. In fact, Booster Gold's 1985 nemeses, the 1000, was a rebirth of the 100, which originally debuted in 1970.
Of course, the 1000 did have something none of the other clandestine organizations have had: a Director of Death!
The Director was a typical power-mad dictator wanna-be who had a mad-on against Booster Gold. By making Booster's first archenemy a corrupt politician desperate for more power, was Dan Jurgens drawing an intentional contrast against Booster's origins as a corrupted athlete desperate for attention?
I put the question to Jurgens himself.
Somewhat, but not entirely.
If I'd gotten too close to Booster, it might have seemed too "one note".
So the actual difference worked well. The Director craved power whereas Booster simply wanted fame and money. I think one of the attractive things about Booster is that a simple desire for recognition and wealth is really easy to relate to.
The Director could have been the head of any number of evil organizations. As a follow-up question, I asked Jurgens whether it was determined the Director and the 100 would be Booster's first foes before or after it was decided that one of the organization's oldest foes, Thorn, would be Booster Gold's first guest star?
That was actually decided before the firm idea of adding Thorn.
I always thought the idea of Thorn fighting the new 100 and having the numbers to go with each one she took down was cool. Though I always wondered why they didn't just add more guys to replace the fallen.
There you have it. It takes a Director to have a direction.
Thanks again to Dan Jurgens, whose Booster Gold #1 hit newsstands 30 years ago today.
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