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Friday, August 7, 2020

Let's Just Be Friends

In the wake of DC Cybernetic Summer, the past week has become all about Blue and Gold, so now would seem to be the appropriate time for me to make my argument in defense of their canonical, platonic relationship. In a nutshell, I say not everything has to be about sex.

In published canon, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle have been inseparable since the very first year of Justice League International stories. Their intimate platonic love, better known as "friendship," has been the basis for a lot of stories in the decades since in no small part because everyone enjoys spending time with people who so very much enjoy spending time with one other. We like Blue and Gold because they like Blue and Gold, and that's great.

Romantic love is also great. Who doesn't enjoy a good love story where two people find that they each complement the other and form a lasting paired set? Everyone wants to live happily ever after.

But not every great relationship has to be a romantic one. The difference between platonic and romantic love is physical. It's natural for a human to seek out romantic love; we're biologically programmed to want to reproduce. However, a sexual relationship isn't a prerequisite for lifelong happiness, and an intimate emotional connection needn't be merely a stepping stone to a consummated marriage. Perhaps I've read too many chivalric fantasies, but I happen to think that sort of chaste, close relationship is just as worthy of celebration as the romantic kind.

So let Booster Gold date Harley Quinn. (Or not.) But the real love of his life is and always should be Blue Beetle. No romantic feelings or sloppy kisses are necessary to cement that bond.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Birthday, Ultra Boy

Today we celebrate the birthday of one of the Legion of Super-Heroes' most prominent members, Ultra Boy. Ultra Boy and Booster Gold go way back: Ultra Boy was one of the first 3 heroes to "greet" Booster Gold in his debut in 1985.

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While their relationship may have started off on the wrong foot, it improved over time. The two heroes from the future would meet one another time and time again. As you might expect with Ultra Boy, whose powers only work one at a time, only one of the pair can ever seem to remember the other.

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Certainly, it doesn't help that for years, the two seemed to be constantly switching costumes or noms de guerre. Then time was re-written and everything old was new again. As all good time-cops know, anyone who doesn't remember their history is doomed to repeat it.

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Here's to you, Ultra Boy. Even if you can't remember your birthday, we can.

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