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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Boostle Isn't a Word We Use Around Here

Over at Yahoo! Answers, Rachel has asked a very important question:

"How close are Booster Gold and Blue Beetle really?"

Micheal Jon Carter ("Booster Gold") and Ted Kord ("Blue Beetle") have over the past 25 years been teammates, rivals, and business partners, but most significantly friends. Both share the tragic loss of significant business fortunes. Booster supported Beetle through his battle with obesity and nursed him through a coma. Beetle stood up for Booster time and again against criticism of Booster's motives and maturity. Each is everything that the other could ask for in a friend.

Yes, of course they're friends. But what Rachel is really asking is whether Booster Gold and Blue Beetle are lovers.

Comic book readers recognize the pair from years of Justice League International adventures. Internet readers, however, are probably more familiar with the duo as the two-halves of the portmanteau "Boostle," or a very particular sub-genre of romantic fan fiction (itself called "slash fiction") portraying the friends as homosexual lovers.

Here at, I try to avoid the Boostle phenomenon. While I have nothing against fan fiction, and I whole-heartedly support anything that would bring Booster Gold to a larger audience, is a chronicle of the adventures of a character owned and published by DC Comics. And in DC Comics' comics, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle are most certainly not romantically entwined.

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I've wondered from time to time if I'm doing Booster Gold fandom a disservice by ignoring the Boostle community. I justify my decision by saying that even a site striving to be as all-encompassing as has to draw the line somewhere. Certainly, the Boostle-ers don't need this site to have their fun.

Therefore, Rachel, to answer your question, until such time as DC Comics officially sanctions a romantic relationship between Blue and Gold by including it in their published canon, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle are really just friends so far as is concerned. Really, really good friends.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Erin_starlight Sets the Record Straight

Let's start the week with a little sanity: I'd like to draw your attention to erin_starlight's livejournal entry from earlier last week, "Skimming the DC boards for BG, TMVP, and a little JLGL." Erin does a lot of what I don't do: speculation and editorializing on specific elements of the adventures of Booster Gold. (Well, ok, I do a little. I try not to, but you can't not have an opinion when you run a site like this. Plus, I'm easily excitable, so I tend to avoid the DC boards.)

In her recent post, she addresses several issues regarding Booster's recent publications including the identity of Rip Hunter's mother, Rani's destiny, and Ice's retconned past. I'm not saying that I agree with everything that she has said, but I appreciate that she is brings a knowledgeable and rational mind to discussing the talking points of the day. I think she makes some good points. Thanks, Erin.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What, No New Releases?

Booster Gold by Lake Chenko by Maya 
After celebrating Booster Gold's appearance in an astonishing 3 new releases last week, facing a new comic book day with no appearance of Booster Gold is almost depressing. Maybe a nice browse of will provide your weekly Booster Gold fix. If not, perhaps content yourself with a silent moment of contemplation with Booster Gold beside Lake Checko by Maya Nord. Maya's NSFW-titled livejournal page, from which I shamelessly borrowed the image above, can be found here.

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