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Friday, October 20, 2017

This Day in History: Rrah! Shriipp! Slamm!

It was 25 years ago today that Doomsday killed Booster Gold.

What's that you say? You think Booster Gold survived 'The Death of Superman'? Take another look:

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panels from Superman #74, released October 20, 1992. Story and art by Dan Jurgens

I mean, Doomsday, a creature powerful enough to kill Superman, punched a defenseless Booster Gold in the face then crashed his head into a tree then slammed his neck in a car door. If Micheal Carter was human, he died three times that day.

How did Booster Gold survive this beating? Credit the advanced healing technology of S.T.A.R. Labs, if you like. Personally, I have another theory. Booster boosters may recall that in Booster Gold Volume 1, #25, Harbinger told Martian Manhunter that Booster Gold was a descendant of the Guardians' evolved "chosen" in Millennium. This presumably gives Booster an unusual genetic makeup, a fact later confirmed when it saves Booster from Monarch in Extreme Justice #14. That's right, I'm saying that Booster has an accelerated healing factor! Snickt!

Or maybe Doomsday was only playing around.

However it was that Booster survived, "Death of Superman" was a pretty good story. It's hard to believe that it was written a quarter of a century ago.

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