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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Give Broderick Some Love

Have you been listening to the Silver and Gold podcast? The latest installment covers Booster Gold, volume 1, #18 from 1987.

To get it out of the way, guys, yes this issue is the last appearance of Broderick. And Booster Gold volume 1 should not be considered an "epic failure." Though it may not seem like much, twenty-five issues featuring a brand new character isn't so bad, even in the mid-80s.

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That Broderick is never mentioned again is, in fact, my only complaint about this issue. He was much too good a character to appear in the spotlight only once. As I covered in my "The True Story of Booster Gold" series in 2015, Dan Jurgens had intended for Broderick to return. However, like Trixie and Dirk Davis, Broderick became just another casualty when Booster Gold volume 1 was cancelled going into Millennium.

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Despite Roy and FKAjason's podcast snark, Booster Gold #18 is a good comic. Not only do we see Michael "Booster Gold" Carter lay his life on the line to behave like a hero when the cameras are off, we get to see it through the eyes of a skeptic. We're also treated to more of Booster's backstory. Great character- and world-building all in one comic! What more could you want?

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Those Who Live in Glass Houses

Last Friday marked the release of the latest installment of the Silver and Gold Podcast. Episode 29, "Fresh Start," features Booster Gold Volume 1 #16.

I love that issue. It's got a great cover, and Booster wears a crew cut, a white suits with rolled up sleeves, and a pair of red Chuck Taylors. What can I say? I'm a child of the 80s.

The true highlight of that issue, however, is this Silver Age throwback: a map of Booster Gold Incorporated Mansion headquarters.

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When was the last time you saw a comic with a map of the team headquarters? Kids these days don't know what they're missing.

Anyway, you can find links to listen to the Silver and Gold podcast in your choice of formats at

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Must The Show Go On?

Things have been changing in America lately, and not necessarily for the better. Not so many years ago, many DC Comics super hero bloggers and I participated in semi-regular crossover events. Now very few of us are still posting.

Both and have stopped blogging to focus their efforts on podcasting ( The Martian Manhunter blog, The Idol-Head of Diabolu, has likewise gone silent as its creator also seems to be concentrating on podcasts for his other blogs (DC Bloodlines and Wonder Woman: Diana Prince). So too, Splitting Atoms is now more podcast than blog. Others that have fallen completely silent (like Tower of Fate and Being Carter Hall). Some stalwarts soldier on, including and Kord Industres. We seem to be the exception rather than the rule.

Once again, this has made me return to a question I've asked myself from time to time since Booster Gold disappeared from the pages of DC Comics: Has the time for websites dedicated to super hero blogging passed us by? Would comics fans rather listen to a podcast than read a website? Is the problem the characters or the bloggers or just shifting demographics?

Like so many of those now-defunct sites, is first and foremost a hobby. I started working on it nine years ago, and I keep it running because I want to. Personally, I have no interest in phone apps, wikis, or podcasting. If that's the future of Booster Gold fandom, I'll leave it to someone else. (The Silver and Gold podcast — now a whole network — seems to be doing just fine without me.)

Don't worry, this post isn't a lead up to the retirement of I'm only committing my rambling grumpy old man thoughts to electronic paper. I'm not going anywhere anytime soon. It's just that I'm starting to feel kind of lonely out here all by myself. I sure would like some new Booster Gold comics to keep me company.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Silver and Gold Perfect Ten Podcast

The Silver and Gold podcast is still going strong. Last week, for 10/10, they covered Booster Gold issues #9 and #10.

As an added bonus this time around, the Silver and Gold hosts are joined by longtime Booster booster Herbert Fung, who has shared many of his own sketch commissions with Booster Gold fans here at Boosterrific. Hi, Herbert!

You can find a link to the podcast at

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Silver and Gold at Home

The Silver and Gold Podcast has a new home: It's there you will find the latest episode discussing Booster Gold Volume 1, #8.

It's important that you don't confuse this new location with, home of the Sawdust and Gin Podcast, or, which is devoted to the Silver and Gold podcast for discussing NFL football franchises of Oakland and San Francisco. Those would be the sorts of embarrassing mistakes that only a novice time traveler would make.

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