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Friday, September 27, 2019

Teenage Wasteland

Ah-ha! Exactly as I thought: Most of you started buying young.

Last week's poll question: How old were you when you bought your first Booster Gold comic book? (57 votes)

How old were you when you bought your first Booster Gold comic book?

It was a pretty safe guess. Anecdotal information indicates that most new readers discover comics in their early teen-aged years. I'm no exception. I was buying comics at my local gas stations and drug stores as far back as I can remember. I still have issues I bought off spinner racks when I was 5.

(I didn't transition to the direct market until much later. I didn't even know it existed until I was 13. We didn't have the Internet back in the Reagan Era. It was a simpler time.)

Therefore, the odds were that most of you fans, like me, first encountered Booster Gold in your childhood. Given that the modern average American comic book reader is approaching their mid thirties, I assume most of you are a little older now. I'm glad you've stuck around.

Special thanks to everyone who left their Booster Gold story in last week's comments. I really enjoyed those.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Gotta Catch Them All

In his superlative blog at, the Internet's foremost Swamp Thing fan, Mike Sterling, has spent much of the past week discussing his definition of "completist" and what that means in regard to his Swamp Thing comic book collecting habit. As a completionist collector myself, I found it interesting.

I noticed two things in Sterling's posts and the responses from his commenters:

  1. Each collector has his own definition of what "complete" means.
  2. Most "completionist" collections appear to have begun in childhood.

Both of those apply to me, which is no doubt why I noticed them. In the first case, the database arbitrarily draws the line at depictions of the character of Booster Gold himself; dialogue references don't count. In the second case, I first discovered Booster Gold on a gas station magazine rack when I was 10 years old — can you even imagine finding comic books in a gas station in 2019? — and have been collecting ever since.

But in addition to being a completionist, I'm also a contrarian, which plays no small part in why I would gravitate to an upstart super hero like Booster Gold. I have to wonder whether my observations were skewed by my perception bias. Do I think all completionist collectors start young just because I did? Let's gather some data!

This week's poll question: How old were you when you bought your first Booster Gold comic book? Please visit the Boosterrific Polls page to view results for this week's poll.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

This Day in History: Recollecting the Past

Some of you reading this today are too young to remember that Booster Gold was once DC's resident continuity cop with a detailed working knowledge of how things were supposed to be. He had his own series dedicated to adventuring between and behind the panels of previously documented events from the lives of other DC characters.

It's true. Long before Booster was a mass murder suspect in Heroes in Crisis, he was making mistakes of a different sort as documented in Booster Gold: Blue and Gold, a collection of the second half of Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz's run on Booster Gold, volume 2.

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You might be startled to realize that Booster Gold: Blue and Gold was released 10 years ago today. Ten. Whole. Years. Gee whiz, time flies when you're growing old.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some good old comics to go re-read.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Collecting One Page at a Time

According to, Booster Gold, Vol. 1, #9 is worth about $3.00 in near-mint condition. According to, the same issue is worth more than $4.40 if you cut all the pages out.

Jenns Minis sells Booster Gold on

JennsMinis is selling 12 pages from the issue in two separate listings (here and here). The issue originally contained 16 pages of story and ads. Even if you buy both listings, you'll still have to buy an intact issue and tear it apart yourself to complete your collection of loose pages.

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