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Monday, April 27, 2020
In case you missed it, the big news in comics publishing last week was DC Comics' announcement that they will be resuming new comic book releases tomorrow, Tuesday, April 28. Diamond Comic Distributors remains closed until at least the middle of May, so these releases will be coming by way of mail-order retailers (per Newsarama.com).
The first thing Booster Gold fans need to know is that DC has rescheduled Harley Quinn #72, originally planned for an April 1 release, to May 12.
The second thing Booster Gold fans need to know is how to get their hands on this issue. Many stores will still be shuttered by local and state ordinances, and there are some unanswered questions about how DC's new (temporary?) distribution partners will be handling orders.
Personally, I expect I'll have to order my copy online. I guess we'll see what we see as we get closer to May 12.
Friday, August 19, 2016
For the purposes of this website, Todd Klein is known as the man who created the original Booster Gold title logo. In addition to being a great letterer — he's perhaps best known for his work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman — Klein is also a comics fan and historian.
Over on his blog, kleinletters.com, Klein's latest history project involves the 1980s occupants of the DC Comics offices at 666 5th Avenue, New York. This was the time period that Booster Gold was born, and our hero makes an occasional cameo appearance as Klein discusses many of the editors staff artists involved in the production of comics of the era.
In the photo above, you'll see Booster Gold #25 on the shelf behind DC editor Barbara Kesel. Other photos in the 6-part article identify the offices of Booster Gold editors Janice Race and Alan Gold. You'll even find a pic of young Dan Jurgens with his fellow Superman writers.
If you have any interest in the history of DC Comics, you'll find the whole article at kleinletters.com.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Scheduled for release today is a $40 hardcover collection of work by Ivan Reis titled Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Ivan Reis, including "the complete Blackest Night." Since Booster Gold made token appearances in the first and last issues of that mini-series, we can expect to see him in this.
It looks like the only Booster we've been seeing recently in the DCU is in reprints. Is that better than nothing? I'm not sure.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Out suspicions were confirmed earlier this week that DC Comics had near-record sales in September with its Forever Evil mini-series and tie-ins. For those of you who hate event books, remember this. Yes, they are usually mediocre, editorially driven stories. But boy howdy, do they sell!
ComiChron.com reports that DC Comics sold over 4 million copies of 129 different comics in September 2013. That made September sales nearly as good as those in the first week of their "New 52" initiative back in October 2011.
The good news is that DC looks healthy and wealthy, at least for the time being. Keep in mind that DC needs to stay in business if we're ever to see our Booster Gold in action again.
The bad news is that they sold all those books without so much as a mention of Booster Gold. With everything going so well (financially) right now at DC, we can't expect the company to feel any pressure to return Booster to action anytime soon.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
You may be aware that DC has promised to keep the prices of it's regular series at $2.99 for the foreseeable future. To keep this promise, they are cutting the story content in each issue back to 20 from 22 pages. The extra space will be filled with an old standard: the letter column.
The letter column was phased out of comics with the last millennium, as fandom was introduced to the intenet. So letter columns were dropped in favor of cheaper production costs for comics. But now they, like Deadman, have been resurrected in the wake of Blackest Night. Does that spell the end of internet fans sites like, say, Boosterrific? (Rest easy; that's a rhetorical question.)
I happen to like letter columns. I've found that they provide a great contemporary commentary about comics that becomes even more enlightening as the years have gone by. Older comics are much enriched by the inclusion of reader's opinions and feedback. It's not just nostalgia, it's history told by the readers.
I know that it's against your nature, comic book fans, but speak up and tell DC what you think. I encourage you to write DC a letter about your favorite (or least favorite) title, character, or artist. You can drop them a line electronically at www.DCletterspage.com or the old fashioned way by mailing it to this address:
Letters to the Editor
New York, NY 10019
Let's make this a success. I hope to be reading your letters in the back pages of Booster Gold volume 2 when I re-read it in 2030, when DC starts publishing Booster Gold volume 3. Plus, if the letter column can return, maybe there's hope for a comeback for page numbers!
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