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Friday, December 13, 2019
On the subject of Justice League #37, I think I've decided that our mystery hero is supposed to be Animal Man. It looks like most of you agree with me.
Last week's poll question: Does Booster Gold appear in JUSTICE LEAGUE 37? (40 votes)
I think it's weird that the Justice League has spent the last year fighting a war to save the multiverse as we know it, and the DC Universe's greatest continuity cop, Booster Gold, has been relegated to a one-panel appearance. *shrug*
What does Scott Snyder have against Booster Gold?
Friday, December 6, 2019
Earlier this week in Justice League #37, the assembled heroes of the Multiverse faced off against the minions of the Legion of Doom. It's a big fight.
art by Jorge Jimenez, color by Alejandro Sanchez
Obviously, a lot of heroes are involved, and the limited size of a comic book means that there isn't too much room for detail.
Do my eyes deceive me, or do I spot Booster Gold in the center of that army?
Booster Gold was last seen in one panel in Justice League #34 accompanying many of the same heroes seen here. Is he back? Or is this wishful thinking on my part?
Animal Man has a similar cowl with no goggles, so it might be him. He wasn't in issue #34, but he can be clearly seen in the background of issue #36 standing behind several of the figures in this very same panel.
There's just not enough clarity to the art here for me to to be absolutely sure. (Pages like these really make me appreciate all the more what George Perez was able to do with worse printing methods back in the original Crisis on Infinite Earths!)
What do you say?
This week's poll question: Does Booster Gold appear in JUSTICE LEAGUE 37? Please visit the Boosterrific Polls page to view results for this week's poll.
Friday, September 27, 2019
Ah-ha! Exactly as I thought: Most of you started buying young.
Last week's poll question: How old were you when you bought your first Booster Gold comic book? (57 votes)
It was a pretty safe guess. Anecdotal information indicates that most new readers discover comics in their early teen-aged years. I'm no exception. I was buying comics at my local gas stations and drug stores as far back as I can remember. I still have issues I bought off spinner racks when I was 5.
(I didn't transition to the direct market until much later. I didn't even know it existed until I was 13. We didn't have the Internet back in the Reagan Era. It was a simpler time.)
Therefore, the odds were that most of you fans, like me, first encountered Booster Gold in your childhood. Given that the modern average American comic book reader is approaching their mid thirties, I assume most of you are a little older now. I'm glad you've stuck around.
Special thanks to everyone who left their Booster Gold story in last week's comments. I really enjoyed those.
Friday, September 20, 2019
In his superlative blog at ProgressiveRuin.com, the Internet's foremost Swamp Thing fan, Mike Sterling, has spent much of the past week discussing his definition of "completist" and what that means in regard to his Swamp Thing comic book collecting habit. As a completionist collector myself, I found it interesting.
I noticed two things in Sterling's posts and the responses from his commenters:
- Each collector has his own definition of what "complete" means.
- Most "completionist" collections appear to have begun in childhood.
Both of those apply to me, which is no doubt why I noticed them. In the first case, the Boosterrific.com database arbitrarily draws the line at depictions of the character of Booster Gold himself; dialogue references don't count. In the second case, I first discovered Booster Gold on a gas station magazine rack when I was 10 years old — can you even imagine finding comic books in a gas station in 2019? — and have been collecting ever since.
But in addition to being a completionist, I'm also a contrarian, which plays no small part in why I would gravitate to an upstart super hero like Booster Gold. I have to wonder whether my observations were skewed by my perception bias. Do I think all completionist collectors start young just because I did? Let's gather some data!
This week's poll question: How old were you when you bought your first Booster Gold comic book? Please visit the Boosterrific Polls page to view results for this week's poll.
Monday, May 20, 2019
There isn't much ambiguity about how Booster boosters feel about Skeets.
Last week's poll question: Is Skeets a sentient artificial being? (39 votes)
I'm one of the few who voted "no." Maybe I'm wrong. That's the best part of being a rational being: the ability to learn.
Maybe one of these days DC will investigate Skeets' intelligence further in a future Booster Gold series. Skeets could teach us all a thing or two.
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