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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Coming Soon: Nightwing 100

January's Nightwing #100 will have at least 8 covers. But Booster boosters only have to worry about getting our hands on 1 of them.

Presenting the "main" cover by series artist Bruno Redondo, featuring a vary familiar couple of colors:

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Blue and Gold forever!

You can see a larger copy of this (and the 7 others) at Thanks to Rob Snow for bringing this to our attention.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Fools. Bureaucratic Fools.

Booster Gold does not appear in this week's Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1, or as Booster booster Rob Snow recently called it, Countdown to Dark Crisis. (I love that title. I mean, seriously, DC, It was right there! )

Although there's no Booster to be seen here, there are still two things I find interesting about this issue.

Thing 1: Despite its cover blurb that "It All Starts Here," Dark Crisis #0 was already released for Free Comic Book Day, and that's not even counting the Justice League issue where the team died or the three Infinite Frontier mini-series that led up to their deaths. So it really began months ago. Or, really, decades ago, since this is very overtly a retread of the seminal 1985 Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Thing 2: Booster Gold isn't on the cover. And before you tell me that's not unusual for a book Booster Gold is not in, let me explain.

I'm talking specifically about the issue's variant cover by Chris Burnham & Nathan Fairbairn:

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As you can see, Crisis on Infinite Earths' Pariah is sitting on a throne built of long-boxes of comics reading other comics featuring other famous DC "crisis" events. The book in his hand is the Silver Age Justice League of America Volume 1 #30 (1964), in which the JLA of Earth-One and the JSA of Earth-Two battle the Crime Syndicate of America of Earth-Three in a story called "The Most Dangerous Earth of All." (It's a great "meta" cover for an issue that expects its readers to know the ins-and-outs of 40 years of comic book history.)

More relevant to this blog are the three books on the floor at his feet: Final Crisis #1 (2008), Zero Hour: Crisis in Time #4 (1995), and Infinite Crisis #1 (2005). Booster Gold played a role in all of these mini-series events, even appearing on some of their covers. But he does not appear in any of these particular issues, just as he doesn't appear in or on this issue.

So what's interesting about that?, I hear you say. What's interesting about this cover that Booster isn't on is that he's still kind of on it!

On a cover like this, a cover celebrating the fantasy and history of comic books and multiverses, where else should we expect to find Booster Gold — the first character introduced to the DC Universe after the initial Crisis and a modern superhero whose sole desire is to be famous enough to be a character in comic books — than inside the comic book box by Pariah's left foot labeled "A - B"!

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So close but yet so far, Booster.

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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 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

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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Friday, January 14, 2022

Public Displays of Affection

Booster booster Rob Snow sent me an electronic-mail to share the news that Ryan Sook has already released his original pen and ink page art for Blue and Gold #5 for sale at

Naturally, I went and took a look, and what I found blew my—hold on.

Since there is no dialogue in the line art (these days, the letterer places the speech balloons digitally over colored artwork), and we already know that Rip Hunter is on the solicited cover for the issue (as reported on the Boosterrific Blog back on September 20), I don't think telling you that a red-headed, bearded Rip Hunter appears in the pages qualifies as much of a spoiler.

But if you don't want to see what follows before the issue is released, I'll give you to the count of three to look away.





Still here? Good, so am I. Now, where were we? Ah, yes. Here:

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Blue and Gold #5 page 18 ($250 at

Rip Hunter and Trixie Collins hugging? Needle drop!

As Rob said in his email

I swear if Rip calls her Mom imma lose my $#!+

You and me both, Rob.

I guess we'll find out what sweet nothings they are whispering to one another when Blue and Gold #5 is released next week.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Doesn't Sound Too Bad

Those of you who had pre-ordered a Kindle version of Russ Burlingame's "Gold Exchange" columns from may have gotten some unpleasant news earlier this week when the listing was withdrawn and pre-order payments were refunded.

I reached out to Burlingame, and he explained that he was still working on completing the book but unexpected delays had been caused by family health issues.

I tried to push the release date to November 17, but Amazon never processed that and I received word that preorders had been cancelled when I missed my prepub date on Sunday. Unless something else happens I should still have it ready for readers between now and 11/17, but unfortunately because I missed my initial deadline they will not reinstate the preorders, and it won’t be available to buy until I have uploaded the files.

While that is a setback, it is good to know the book is still in the works. I've worked with Amazon a bit myself (plug, plug), and I know how it can be.

We can be patient, Russ. If you haven't got your health, you haven't got anything.

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