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Monday, January 6, 2020

The 12 Best Booster Gold Stories Ever

While researching which 2019 posts were the most read (for the 2019 Year In Review), I noticed a trend of people apparently looking for a Booster Gold reading list.

Booster Gold's newest fans are always conserned about the best places to start familiarizing themselves with Booster's adventures, and older fans are always keen for entry points to entice their friends into Booster fandom. I can help.

This is my completely subjective list of the best Booster Gold comic book stories 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.)

Stay tuned to this blog, as I'll be spotlighting each issue in months to come. In the meantime, if you have other, better suggestions, let us know in the comments below.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

The 10 Best Booster Gold Stories

Erin of Exploring the Time Lab has compiled a list of the "10 Top Booster Gold" stories. You may quibble about the order, but who can argue against her taste? In reverse order, her favorite stories are

  1. Booster Gold meets Superman in Booster Gold, v1, #6 (1986);
  2. Booster Gold vs Lex Luthor in Booster Gold, v1, #23 (1987);
  3. Booster Gold as International Man of Mystery in Justice League International, v1, #17 (1988);
  4. Booster Gold quits the Justice League in Justice League America #37 (1990);
  5. Booster Gold joins the Justice League in Justice League #4 (1987);
  6. Booster Gold faces down Broderick in Booster Gold, v1, #18 (1987);
  7. Booster Gold journey to becoming a Time Master in Booster Gold, v2, #1 (2007);
  8. Booster Gold faces down a dead Ted Kord in Booster Gold, v2, #26 (2010);
  9. Booster Gold saves the World in 52 (2006).

What is Erin's number 1 Booster Gold story? You're going to have to head over the the Time Lab to find out.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

The Best Around

Last things first: the final episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold is scheduled to air tonight on Cartoon Network at 7:00 PM EST. Booster Gold is guaranteed to make an appearance at the end of the episode. Batman: The Brave and the Bold, you will be missed.

As for the weekly poll, Geoff Johns may have brought a lot of modern readers to Booster Gold, but the modern trend of 6-issue stories isn't even remotely the most popular option with the character's readers. Canceling popular television shows and running comic book unpopularly too long? Does DC pay any attention to its fan base?

Last week's poll question: What is your preferred length for a single comic book story? (38 votes)

What is your preferred length for a single comic book story?

Speaking of fan favorites, you probably know that you can rate each issue of Booster's 470 and counting comic book appearances here at (If you haven't done so, I highly encourage you to rate your feelings about Booster's appearances. I assure you that people are interested in your opinion.) According to the fan ratings already in the database, only 15 issues have earned perfect 5-star ratings from multiple reviewers. Narrowing those down to 5 samples from distinctly different series, I think it's about time we started figuring out which of these is the best.

[If you need your memory jogged, here are the links to the issues in question: Booster Gold, v1, #1; JLA Classified #5; Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1, Booster Gold, v2, #30; Justice League: Generation Lost #8.]

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Friday, November 11, 2011

So Long, and Thanks for All the Figures

They say that you can have too much of a good thing, so it's good to know that most of our voters exercise some restraint with their collecting. Hopefully you are saving your money for the big-ticket Booster Gold collectibles, such as a life-sized Skeets replica -- should they ever come out.

Last week's poll question: How many Booster Gold figures do you own? (43 votes)

How many Booster Gold figures do you own?

Speaking of too much of a good thing, once upon a time comic book stories were told succinctly in a issue or less. Now stories typically plod slowly over a half dozen issues so that they can be collected into trades. How do you feel about this storytelling decompression?

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