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Monday, September 6, 2021

Character Spotlight on Mom

The life of any comic book hero would be a lonely one if not for the many characters who have made up their supporting cast. Just as Superman has Lois Lane and Batman has Alfred, Booster Gold has also shared his adventures with quite a few people over the years. Today we look at one of those, his mother.

The People in His Neighborhood: spotlighting the characters who have made Booster Gold such a star

Today is Labor Day in America, a holiday to celebrate those who helped ensure that we don't have to work on holidays. Do you know who still has to work holidays? Mothers.

Mothers never get days off. It's a tough job, made all the tougher when you're poor, single, and have twin mouths to feed. That's true today, and will still be true for the mother of Michael Jon "Booster" Carter and his sister Michelle in AD 2462 Gotham City.

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Secret Origins #35

The birth name of Mrs. Carter remains a mystery to the public record. Her last name was borrowed from a man who turned his back on his own family, and her children always call her "Ma." But what's really important is that she loved and supported her children, even the conceited one who played college football.

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Justice League Quarterly #10

When Ma got sick, can anyone blame Booster for turning to a life of crime to ensure that she got the treatment she needed? Isn't that what any good son would do?

And when Ma found out her son had cheated to pay for her treatment, can anyone blame her for being disappointed in him? Wouldn't every good mother hope that she had raised her children better than that?

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Sometimes, when we're angry, we say things we don't really mean and can't take back. Booster Carter wouldn't even get the opportunity to try. To distance himself from his mistakes, he made the fateful decision to steal a time machine and runaway into the past. By the time he found a way back, it was too late.

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Booster Gold #13

There could be no reconciliation. Tragically, Ma Carter would never learn of her son's heroic self-redemption.

Or wouldn't she? Nothing is as straightforward as it seems in the life of a time traveler.

While Booster would live his life believing that he had missed his opportunity to set things right, fate had other plans. Years later (from Booster's perspective), an attempt to keep Superman from doing unintentional harm to history resulted in an accidental trip back to the Gotham City of 2642. Thus Booster Gold was given a rare a second chance to clear the air.

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Action Comics #995

If you get a chance this holiday, maybe you should call your mother.

Are you interested in meeting other "People in his Neighborhood"? Follow these links to get to know Daniel Carter, Michelle Carter, Trixie Collins, Nurse Devlin, Dirk Davis, Rani, Skeets, Jack Soo, Mackenzie Garrison, Rip Hunter, Monica Lake, Doctor Shocker, and Blackguard.

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Monday, August 9, 2021

Character Spotlight on Blackguard

The life of any comic book hero would be a lonely one if not for the many characters who have made up their supporting cast. Just as Superman has Lois Lane and Batman has Alfred, Booster Gold has also shared his adventures with quite a few people over the years. Today we look at one of those, Blackguard.

The People in His Neighborhood: spotlighting the characters who have made Booster Gold such a star

When you hear "Batman villain," you probably think of the Joker. Superman has Lex Luthor, and Wonder Woman has Cheetah. It's an old adage that all heroes are defined by their opponents. But before you can battle the king, you have to work your way up the hill.

Long before Joker, Batman started his career against Doctor Death. Superman originally matched wits with the Ulra-Humanite; Wonder Woman had Princess Maru. Everyone has to start somewhere.

Booster Gold started with Blackguard in the pages of Booster Gold #1.

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Blackguard's technology was a gift of his sponsor, the criminal organization 1000, who had hired him to steal technology from Metropolis' S.T.A.R. Labs. A clumsy getaway resulted in his first, accidental encounter with rookie hero Booster Gold.

The inaugural confrontation between hero and villain took up most of the pages in Booster Gold #1 as the matched pair took turns showcasing their super powers and abilities. Both had scientifically advanced power suits. Booster was lithe; Blackguard was strong. Booster had energy lasers; Blackguard had an energy mace. Booster was smarter, and Blackguard was ultimately defeated.

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Everyone's got to have a gimmick, and "being defeated" would soon become Blackguard's. Despite his considerable cybernetic strength and amazing, mentally-controlled energy constructs, Blackguard's general incompetence would lead to his defeat again...

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Booster Gold #2

...and again...

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Booster Gold #3

...and again.

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Booster Gold #4

Blackguard appeared on three of the first four covers of Booster Gold beginning in 1985, but unlike our hero, Blackguard's journey would be out of the public eye. While Booster was growing rich and/or famous, the forgotten villain spent most of the next few decades — except for a *very* brief stint as a henchman for the devil Neron — in maximum security prisons The Slab or Belle Reve. He gave himself the aspirational nickname, "The Human Killing Spree" (in Guy Gardner: Warrior #36) but given his track record, it's hard to believe he could ever successfully kill even a single person — unless it was by accident.

When he was finally paroled in 2005, Blackguard turned over a new leaf. Using his given name, Richard "Dick" Hertz, he partnered with experienced restaurateur Guy Gardner and opened a bar in the building next door to Booster Gold's Super Buddies team headquarters.

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JLA Classified #4

Like so many other would-be reformed villains, Blackguard was eventually given a second chance to do bad, and he still tried to make the best of it as an agent of Task Force X, better known as the Suicide Squad. In Blackguard's case, it lived up to its name.

Ironically, Blackguard has become more famous in death than he ever was in life. He made his live-action movie debut in last week's The Suicide Squad, where he is portrayed by Pete Davidson.

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Meanwhile, glory-seeking Booster Gold is still waiting for his shot at movie stardom. Blackguard didn't win at much, but at least he's got that.

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Are you interested in meeting other "People in his Neighborhood"? Follow these links to get to know Trixie Collins, Daniel Carter, Jack Soo, Rani, Dirk Davis, Skeets, Mackenzie Garrison, Rip Hunter, Michelle Carter, Nurse Devlin, Monica Lake, and Doctor Shocker.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Quarantine Sketchbook

Not even a pandemic can keep Cort Carpenter's Booster Gold sketchbook closed. Take a look at his latest additions:

Booster Gold by Sam Basri for Cort Carpenter
Sami Basri

Booster Gold by Aaron Lopresti for Cort Carpenter
Aaron Lopresti

Booster Gold by Sean Galloway Cort Carpenter
Sean Galloway

Booster Gold by George Perez for Cort Carpenter
George Perez

Booster Gold by Rod Reis for Cort Carpenter
Rod Reis

Booster Gold by Travis G. Moore for Cort Carpenter
Travis G. Moore

Not a stinker in the bunch! (I could probably use that last one as one of my corner box images.) You can see all these and more at imgur.com.

Stay safe, Cort. No matter what else happens in 2020, the sketchbook must survive!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Sketchbook Wars III: A Whole New Page

First there was The Blot. Then came Cort and Steven. And now there's Susan!

Check out this Booster Gold commission sketchbook:

Booster Gold commission by Doc Shaner
Doc Shaner

Booster Gold commission by Alejandro Rosado
Alejandro Rosado

Booster Gold commission by Ramona Fradon
Ramona Fradon

Booster Gold commission by Jay Defoy
Jay Defoy

Booster Gold commission by Elsa Charretier
Elsa Charretier

Those are just a few of what Susan has posted to her Flickr.com account, so I encourage you to click over there for a better look around. (Especially that Ramona Fradon. I'm so happy she's drawn Booster Gold.)

Thank you so much for sharing, Susan. That's some Boosterrific art.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Sketchbook Wars II: Even Sketchier

Cort Carpenter has returned to once again give us a look at the latest additions to his already overstuffed Booster Gold sketchbook. Feast your eyes on these:

Booster Gold by Scott Kolins for Cort Carpenter
Scott Kolins

Booster Gold by Todd Nauckfor Cort Carpenter
Todd Nauck

Booster Gold by Richard Pace for Cort Carpenter
Richard Pace

Booster Gold by Dan Parent for Cort Carpenter
Dan Parent

Booster Gold by Andrew Robinson for Cort Carpenter
Andrew Robinson

Booster Gold by Craig Rousseau for Cort Carpenter
Craig Rousseau

That Craig Rousseau piece really blows me away. You can see it and all the rest of these and more at imgur.com.

Thanks for sharing, Cort. I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

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