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Monday, July 9, 2018

Remember the Titan

We learned over the weekend that reclusive artist Steve Ditko died late last month. His considerable contributions to the super hero comic book genre cannot be overstated, and you can find most of them listed in the many obituaries those contributions earned him.

But so far as Booster Gold fans are concerned, Ditko's single greatest accomplishment was the creation of the second Blue Beetle for Charlton Comics.

© Charlton Comics

Ditko's Beetle was the second hero by that name. Unlike his magical predecessor, Ted Kord used science and technology in his pursuit of law and order. He had only a few adventures for Chartlon Comics before moving to the DC Universe where he would eventually help found the Justice League International and meet his soon-to-be best friend, Booster Gold.

Although Ditko had nothing to do with the character after Beetle's move to DC Comics, his original idea continued to inspire. Said Booster Gold creator on Dan Jurgens on Twitter:

Years ago, when writing and drawing Justice League, I used Ditkos version of Blue Beetle as my model. Dumped the rather goofy, round goggles for his more mysterious style and bug-like movements. Ditkos version of BB is still the best out there, imo. @thedanjurgens 8 Jul 2018

We certainly agree. Thank you, Steve.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Booster Gold Versus Blue Beetle

My friend Michael pointed me to this video hosted by in which Collin Kelly and Mike Kalinowski debate whether Booster Gold or Blue Beetle, respectively, would win in a fight. Just a couple of comic book nerds talking about some of their favorite characters; it's like a podcast but with pictures!

(Frankly, I don't know why they're wasting so much time. We all know that Booster Gold would win.)

Once you've watched the video, be sure to drop by to vote for Booster Gold the character you think would win in a fight. Don't wait! Voting ends early Thursday morning.

Thanks for the link, Mike.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

A Long Way to Fall

Hey, everybody! Let's start the week with some great sketch art by professional illustrator Dean Kotz!

Blue Beetle and Booster Gold by deankotz

Those two always looked like they were having such fun.

You can see the above much larger and more of Kotz's work at

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Booster Gold meets My Little Pony

If you're reading this, you probably know that the Internet has a sizable contingent of DC Comics fans. It just so happens that My Little Pony also has a pretty significant online presence. It was only a matter of time before the two met.

014/366 by PonyGoddess (via

This delightful mash-up of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold as ponies comes straight from the sketchbook of Pony Goddess. They're a happy looking pair. I'll bet they'd be even happier if there was a whole team of them.

DCU-MLP Blue 'n Gold Ponies by ajremix  (via

Three generations of Blue Beetle ponies meeting Booster Gold and Goldstar ponies? Yes, please. We have ajremix to thank for such goodness.

But how would Blue pony and Gold pony interact with the rest of the DCU ponies? LadyM has that answer.

Timing is everything by LadyM  (via

Yep, that seems to cover all the bases. Thank you, Internet.

Click any of these images to see them larger in their native environment at

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Couple of Boobs

Last Monday when I asked if anyone had any suggestions for art to add to my corner box collection, Diego Segovia suggested "That cover where Zatanna turns Booster, Beetle, and Skeets into women."

Sadly, there is no such cover. However, I'm pretty sure that the Internet exists just to "correct" that sort of problem.

This, I think is the piece to which Diego was referring:

Zatanna, Blue Beetle, and Booster Gold by Loston Wallace

That's not technically a cover but a commission drawn by Lofton Wallace in 2012. And technically, I've never posted this art before. Technically. (Though I did link to it in the comments when I posted the original line art six years ago.)

Despite all those technicalities, Diego's comment gives me a good excuse to revisit it because even six years later, it's still a lot of fun.

You can find more of Wallace's work on his website,, or over on

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