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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Power Failure

A thunderstorm came through my town and knocked out our power just as I was composing today's post at about 1AM. Without wifi, that's where it'll stay. Power company estimates a fix won't be in until nearly dawn, so I'm going to bed, and this is all the post you're going to get, Booster boosters.

While I'm sitting in the dark, may I suggest you go read some other site instead. I hear from The Blot that BleedingCool.com is hinting that Booster might have a bigger role to play after Dark Crisis is over. And Rob Snow says that Booster is in the newly published The DC Book of Lists, available for Kindle download right now at Amazon.com.

Or go outside and throw a ball for your dog. Not everything in the world is about comic books, you know.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Still The 12 Best Booster Gold Stories Ever

Back in 2020, I created the following list of what I consider to be the best Booster Gold stories of all time. In the wake of Booster's introduction on Legends of Tomorrow, I'd like to dust that list off for new fans who are discovering our hero for the very first time.

The Boosterrific List of the 12 Best Booster Gold Comics Ever!

Presented in reading order:

1. Justice League #4 (1987)
Booster Gold's introduction to the Justice League is the best place to for new readers to meet our hero. He's truly at his best here, showcasing his powers, fighting spirit, quick mind, and dedication to team. The best of the best. (Read more about it here.)

2. Booster Gold #6 (1986)
Want to know Booster's origin? So does Superman. Booster is a hero with feet of clay and his head in the clouds. Who can't relate to that? (Read more about it here.)

3. Booster Gold #18 (1987)
There are two sides to every story, and this is the flip side of Booster Gold's. The issue follows a federal agent, Broderick, determined to make Booster pay for his crimes. What price is justice? (Read more about it here.)

4. Justice League International #34 (1989)
If you've only heard one thing about Booster Gold, it's probably that he's best friends with Blue Beetle. This is the height (nadir?) of their misadventures as they turn an island paradise into a Justice League-themed casino. (Read more about it here.)

5. Justice League Quarterly #1 (1990)
Whatever his many flaws, Booster Gold has always been a born leader. His first real chance to show it was as leader of the Conglomerate. Booster was a perfect fit for this international super-team fighting not for truth and justice but the interests of Big Business. (Read more about it here.)

6. Superman #74 (1992)
The 1990s were mostly lost years for Booster Gold, and much of that can be blamed on the rampaging monster Doomsday. The fateful collision between the two can be seen here, and like many train wrecks, it's impossible to look away. Old-fashioned super hero slugfests at their best. (Read more about it here.)

7. Formerly Known as the Justice League #4 (2003)
With Countdown to Infinite Crisis in the near future, this mini-series represents the last gasp of both the Justice League International family and the Blue and Gold team. Their last adventure was among the best. (Read more about it here.)

8. 52 Week 15 (2006)
It's hard to single out any single issue of 52 as better than any other, but if one has to be the best, start at the end: Booster's end. That's right, he dies in this issue. It's powerful stuff. (Read more about it here.)

9. Booster Gold Volume 2, #1 (2007)
Spoiler alert: Booster survived 52 (*cough* time-travel *cough*), and the experience molded him into a better hero than ever. His new adventures as champion of established history begin here. (Read more about it here.)

10. Booster Gold Volume 2, #5 (2008)
What are the rules of time travel? What would it take to break them? What kind of hero would try? A groundbreaking issue justly remembered as one of the best of its generation. (Read more about it here.)

11. Justice League: Generation Lost #23 (2011)
Like 52, it's hard to choose just one Justice League: Generation Lost issue as the best, and readers should start at the beginning and read the whole thing as the old JLI reunites to clean up their own legacy. But the payoff come at the end, starting with this penultimate issue. (Read more about it here.)

12. Action Comics #995 (2018)
Everything that Booster ever was or ever will be is in this multi-part Superman epic written by Dan Jurgens. It's the best Booster Gold story of the New 52/Rebirth era. (Read more about it here.)

Keep in mind that this is a completely subjective list; it's *my* list. I strongly encourage to read all the Booster Gold comics you can find and form your own opinion.

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Monday, January 10, 2022

The Good Guys

© DC Comics
panel from Action Comics #596

Over the weekend, I got curious just how many heroes Booster Gold has interacted with over the years. So I did what anyone with a huge database of Booster Gold comics data would do, I wrote a query to tell me.

Here's the Boosterrific list of distinctly recognized heroic alter egos who have worked alongside Booster Gold in his 524 canonical adventures in the DC Universe. (The number in parentheses is the number of adventures they have shared as heroes.)

  1. Ace Morgan (1)
  2. Adam Strange (7)
  3. Agent Liberty (9)
  4. Air Wave I (1)
  5. Akrillo (1)
  6. Alpha Centurion (5)
  7. Amazing Man II (39)
  8. Ambush Bug (1)
  9. Anatole (1)
  10. Anima (1)
  11. Animal Man (21)
  12. Anthro (1)
  13. Aquagirl IV (2)
  14. Aqualad (2)
  15. Aqualad II (1)
  16. Aquaman (37)
  17. Aquaman II (3)
  18. Argent (2)
  19. Argus II (2)
  20. Arisia (5)
  21. Arsenal (7)
  22. Artemis (2)
  23. Aten (3)
  24. Atom I (3)
  25. Atom II (22)
  26. Atom IV (3)
  27. Atom Smasher (10)
  28. Atomic Knight (1)
  29. Atrocitus (1)
  30. August General in Iron (14)
  31. Aura (1)
  32. Avenger (1)
  33. Awkward Man (1)
  34. Azrael (1)
  35. Aztek (4)
  36. Ballistic (2)
  37. Bat-Mite (1)
  38. Batgirl I (11)
  39. Batgirl II (1)
  40. Batman (112)
  41. Batman II (2)
  42. Batman III (6)
  43. Batman IV (2)
  44. Battalion (2)
  45. Batwing (9)
  46. Batwoman II (2)
  47. Beast Boy (21)
  48. Beautiful Dreamer (2)
  49. Bedovan (1)
  50. Beefeater II (3)
  51. Betty Clawman (1)
  52. Big Barda (28)
  53. Big Bear (2)
  54. Birdman (1)
  55. Black Adam (1)
  56. Black Canary II (65)
  57. Black Condor II (4)
  58. Black Condor III (1)
  59. Black Lightning (20)
  60. Bleez (1)
  61. Blimp (2)
  62. Blip (1)
  63. Bloodwynd I (20)
  64. Bloodwynd II (14)
  65. Blue Beetle I (3)
  66. Blue Beetle II (247)
  67. Blue Beetle III (44)
  68. Blue Devil (11)
  69. Blue Falcon (1)
  70. Bluejay (4)
  71. Bogman (2)
  72. Brainiac 5 (9)
  73. Brainwave II (5)
  74. Breach (1)
  75. Brik (1)
  76. Brother Hynn (1)
  77. Brother Power (1)
  78. Brother Warth (1)
  79. Bruce Gordon (5)
  80. Bulleteer (4)
  81. Bumblebee (3)
  82. Bushmaster (1)
  83. Cameron Chase (1)
  84. Captain Atom (121)
  85. Captain Caveman (1)
  86. Captain Marvel (25)
  87. Captain Marvel II (2)
  88. Captain Marvel, Jr. (3)
  89. Carol Ferris (1)
  90. Catwoman (2)
  91. Chameleon Boy (3)
  92. Changeling (4)
  93. Chimera (1)
  94. Cinder (1)
  95. Citizen Steel (2)
  96. Claw (2)
  97. Colossal Boy (2)
  98. Congorilla (2)
  99. Cosmic Boy (6)
  100. Crazy Jane (3)
  101. Creeper (10)
  102. Crimson Fox (20)
  103. Cyborg (20)
  104. Cyclone (3)
  105. Damage (3)
  106. Dane Dorrance (1)
  107. Darkstar (3)
  108. Darkstar Donna Troy (1)
  109. Darkstar Phil (3)
  110. Darla Dudley (1)
  111. Dawnstar (3)
  112. Deadman (3)
  113. Deathstroke (7)
  114. Demon (7)
  115. Detective Chimp (1)
  116. Divineq (2)
  117. Doctor Fate I (10)
  118. Doctor Fate II (17)
  119. Doctor Fate IV (5)
  120. Doctor Fate V (1)
  121. Doctor Fate VII (3)
  122. Doctor Light IV (31)
  123. Doctor Mid-Nite I (3)
  124. Doctor Mid-Nite II (8)
  125. Doctor Midnight (5)
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  127. Doll Man II (1)
  128. Dominator QQ (2)
  129. Donna Troy (13)
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  134. Echo (3)
  135. Edge (1)
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  157. Flamebird (2)
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  160. Flash III (71)
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  162. Flex Mentallo (1)
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  170. Garv (3)
  171. Gates (2)
  172. Geist (1)
  173. General Glory (9)
  174. Geo-Force (14)
  175. Glenn Gammeron (3)
  176. Gloss (1)
  177. Gnort (5)
  178. Godiva (19)
  179. Gold (7)
  180. Goldstar II (5)
  181. Grace II (4)
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  183. Green Arrow I (40)
  184. Green Arrow II (7)
  185. Green Lantern I (14)
  186. Green Lantern II (52)
  187. Green Lantern III (24)
  188. Green Lantern IV (97)
  189. Green Lantern V (19)
  190. Guardian II (9)
  191. Gunfire (3)
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  193. Gypsy (22)
  194. Hair Bear (1)
  195. Halo (4)
  196. Hannu (1)
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  199. Hawkgirl II (18)
  200. Hawkman I (20)
  201. Hawkman III (6)
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  203. Hawkslayer (2)
  204. Hawkwoman I (8)
  205. Hawkwoman II (2)
  206. Hippolyta (3)
  207. Hitman (1)
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  209. Hourman I (3)
  210. Hourman II (9)
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  212. Human Bomb II (2)
  213. Human Starfish (1)
  214. Human Target (1)
  215. Huntress II (11)
  216. Hurricane (1)
  217. Ice (111)
  218. Ice Maiden I (6)
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  220. Impulse (2)
  221. Indigo-1 (1)
  222. Inferno (3)
  223. Infinity Man (1)
  224. Invisible Kid II (2)
  225. Iron (9)
  226. Jack O'Lantern (2)
  227. Jade (18)
  228. Jakeem Thunder (2)
  229. Jamm (1)
  230. Jarro (2)
  231. Jemm (1)
  232. Jesse Quick (3)
  233. Jessica Cruz (6)
  234. Jet (1)
  235. Joe Public (1)
  236. John Constantine (3)
  237. Johnny Quick (1)
  238. Johnny Thunder (1)
  239. Jonah Hex (6)
  240. Kamandi (5)
  241. Karate Kid I (1)
  242. Karin Grace (1)
  243. Karu-Sil (1)
  244. Katana (12)
  245. Katma Tui (5)
  246. Kayb (1)
  247. Kid Devil (2)
  248. Kid Flash (5)
  249. Kid Flash II (5)
  250. Kid Flash III (2)
  251. Killowat (3)
  252. Kilowog (18)
  253. King Chimera (1)
  254. Klarion the Witch Boy (2)
  255. Krag (2)
  256. Krypto (1)
  257. Kyle Rayner (3)
  258. Lady Blackhawk (2)
  259. Lady Quark (4)
  260. Lady Shazam (1)
  261. Lagoon Boy (1)
  262. Layla (1)
  263. Lead (8)
  264. Liberty Belle II (2)
  265. Lieutenant Crater (2)
  266. Lightning (1)
  267. Lightning Lad (4)
  268. Lightray (6)
  269. Linear Woman (2)
  270. Lionheart (4)
  271. Little Mermaid (1)
  272. Lobo (14)
  273. Looker (1)
  274. Loose Cannon (3)
  275. Maash (1)
  276. Magenta (3)
  277. Magog (3)
  278. Man-Bat (1)
  279. Manhattan Guardian (1)
  280. Mark Moonrider (2)
  281. Martian Manhunter (117)
  282. Mary Marvel (16)
  283. Max Mercury (1)
  284. Maxi-Man (6)
  285. Maxima (68)
  286. Maya (5)
  287. Medusa (2)
  288. Mento (1)
  289. Mera (2)
  290. Mercury (10)
  291. Merry Man (1)
  292. Metamorpho (50)
  293. Miguel Montez (2)
  294. Mirage II (1)
  295. Miri Riam (1)
  296. Miss Martian (7)
  297. Mister Bones (4)
  298. Mister Miracle (88)
  299. Mister Miracle II (2)
  300. Mister Terrific II (17)
  301. Mogo (1)
  302. Molotov (1)
  303. Mon-El (1)
  304. Mongrel (2)
  305. Morro (1)
  306. Munk (1)
  307. Murr the Melting Man (1)
  308. Myriad (1)
  309. Mystek (1)
  310. Naomi (4)
  311. Negative Man (3)
  312. Negative Woman (2)
  313. Nemesis (3)
  314. Nicky Walton (1)
  315. Nightblade (1)
  316. Nightmaster (1)
  317. Nightrider (2)
  318. Nightshade (6)
  319. Nightwing II (34)
  320. Northwind (2)
  321. Nuklon (4)
  322. O.M.A.C. (3)
  323. Obsidian (19)
  324. Odd Man (1)
  325. Olympian (2)
  326. OMAC IV (11)
  327. Omen (2)
  328. Oracle (3)
  329. Orion (5)
  330. Osiris (2)
  331. Owlwoman (1)
  332. Pantha (5)
  333. Patchwork (3)
  334. Pax (1)
  335. Peacemaker (4)
  336. Pedro Pena (1)
  337. Peter Platinum (1)
  338. Phantasm III (2)
  339. Phantom Girl (1)
  340. Phantom Girl II (2)
  341. Phantom Lady II (2)
  342. Phantom Lady III (1)
  343. Phase (4)
  344. Pied Piper (1)
  345. Plastic Man (18)
  346. Platinum (9)
  347. Power Girl (67)
  348. Praxis (3)
  349. Prince Zerep (2)
  350. Prism (4)
  351. Proty II (1)
  352. Prysm (1)
  353. Question (1)
  354. Race (1)
  355. Ragman III (2)
  356. Ram (1)
  357. Rampage (1)
  358. Ratchet (1)
  359. Ravager V (2)
  360. Raven VI (14)
  361. Ray II (43)
  362. Razorsharp (1)
  363. Rebis (2)
  364. Red Arrow (7)
  365. Red Bee (1)
  366. Red Devil (1)
  367. Red Hood (1)
  368. Red Robin (5)
  369. Red Ryan (1)
  370. Red Star (9)
  371. Red Tornado (27)
  372. Redwing (4)
  373. Reverb (5)
  374. Rex the Wonder Dog (1)
  375. Rick Flag, Jr. (2)
  376. Rip Hunter (74)
  377. Rising Sun (1)
  378. Risk (1)
  379. Robin I (3)
  380. Robin III (15)
  381. Robin V (8)
  382. Robotman II (7)
  383. Rocket Red (7)
  384. Rocket Red 07 (19)
  385. Rocket Red 4 (31)
  386. Rocket Red 7 (5)
  387. Rocket Red Brigade (1)
  388. Rocky Davis (1)
  389. Romat Ru (1)
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  391. Sandman I (1)
  392. Sandy (3)
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  394. Sasha Bordeaux (6)
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  398. Seneca (2)
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  400. Serifan (1)
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  430. Starfire II (3)
  431. Starfire III (30)
  432. Stargirl (11)
  433. Starman I (1)
  434. Starman V (11)
  435. Starman VII (3)
  436. Starman VIII (3)
  437. Stealth (3)
  438. Steel III (22)
  439. Steel IV (7)
  440. Strata (2)
  441. STRIPE (3)
  442. Sun Boy (3)
  443. Superboy (5)
  444. Superboy III (14)
  445. Superboy IV (2)
  446. Supergirl II (3)
  447. Supergirl III (7)
  448. Supergirl V (9)
  449. Superman (110)
  450. Supernova I (18)
  451. Swamp Thing (9)
  452. Takion (2)
  453. Tasmanian Devil (11)
  454. Tattooed Man III (1)
  455. Technocrat (1)
  456. Tekik (1)
  457. Telepath (3)
  458. Tempest II (5)
  459. Terra II (2)
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  462. Thunder III (3)
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  467. Tin (7)
  468. Tomar-Tu (1)
  469. Traci Thirteen (1)
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  471. Triumph (4)
  472. Troia (1)
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  475. Ultra the Multi-Alien (1)
  476. Uncle Sam (2)
  477. Valor (7)
  478. Vapor (3)
  479. Velcoro (3)
  480. Vigilante I (1)
  481. Vixen (29)
  482. Vox (1)
  483. Vril Dox II (5)
  484. Vykin the Black (2)
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  490. Wildcat I (18)
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  493. Wildebeest III (3)
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  495. Windfall (2)
  496. Wolfpack (3)
  497. Wonder Girl I (6)
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  499. Wonder Twins (14)
  500. Wonder Woman (88)
  501. Wonder Woman II (1)
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  503. Zach (1)
  504. Zachary Zatara (1)
  505. Zatanna (17)
  506. Zauriel (4)
  507. Zena Moonstruck (1)
  508. Zilius Zox (1)

That's a pretty long list. I'm sure I haven't haven't had 500 co-workers over the course of my entire career. Booster must have quite a rolodex!

If you would like to know more about Booster's interaction with a given character, use the dropdown selector here.

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Friday, December 31, 2021

Year in Review 2021

We have inevitably arrived at the final Boosterrific.com blog post of the year. While I'm watching football, perhaps you'll enjoy revisiting these, the 5 most-read Boosterrific.com blog posts of 2021:

5. Wednesday, October 13: Old Friends Are the Best Friends
In which we welcome back Booster's first 20th-century friend, the original Goldstar, Theresa "Trixie" Collins to the pages of Blue and Gold #3!

4. Wednesday, June 16: This Day in History: Black and Gold
In which we take a look back at the time Booster Gold took Black Canary to Paris in Justice League Annual #1 (1987).

3. Tuesday, October 19: Coming Soon: Blue and Gold 6
In which we reveal the advance solicitation for Blue and Gold #6 with Blackguard on the cover. In hindsight, that cover was used on Blue and Gold #4. What will be the cover actually be on issue 6? I guess we'll find out on February 15, 2022.

2. Monday, April 26: The History of Blue and Gold, Part 1
In which we investigate how a comic book series first announced in 1988 took 33 years to actually reach readers. (This was the first in a three part series. Follow these links to Part 2 and the Dan Jurgens interview in Part 3.)

1. Tuesday, July 20: New Release: Blue and Gold 1
In which we celebrate the release of the long delayed debut of Booster Gold/Blue Beetle team-up book Blue and Gold #1! This was the highest hit count Boosterrific.com had received in a single day in the history of the site! (Second place isn't even close.) People sure do love them some Blue and Gold!

Here's to another Boosterrific year in 2022!

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Not Counting Halloween Costumes

Booster Gold has topped yet another CBR listicle, this time "10 Most Bizarre Alter Egos DC Heroes Have Used" by Scoot Allan.

Quoth the article:

1 Booster Gold Faked His Death And Disguised Himself As Supernova During 52

DC launched a weekly comic series called 52 following the events of Infinite Crisis that explored a year in the DC Universe without Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman. A mysterious new hero known as Supernova appeared in Metropolis that kicked off an ongoing mystery about the man behind the mask.

While many thought it was Superman, it turned out to actually be Booster Gold, who had faked his death in order to stop his corrupted robotic pal Skeets. What's really bizarre bout the Supernova identity is that it was also used by Booster Gold's ancestor Daniel Carter and then stolen by Booster Gold's father from the future, making it a multi-generational costumed alter ego.

First of all, let me say that if you have not yet read 52: why not? It's no accident that issue 15 made my list of the twelve best Booster Gold stories.

Secondly, the Supernova identity is more bizarre than even Scoot's two understated paragraphs imply. (Hint: it involves Superman pretending he's Batman.) For more information on the Silver Age comic book origins that inspired Supernova, I strongly encourage you read the July 2019 Boosterrific Blog post "Sunshine Supernova."

And thirdly, I'd say that Supernova isn't Booster Gold's most bizarre alter ego. That honor goes to Bloodspot.

© DC Comics
JLA: Incarnations #6

Comic books are the best kind of weird.

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