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Monday, September 21, 2020

Until the Heat Death of the DC Universe

Some time back, Drake tweeted:

Does anybody actually like the single issue format? @TrailerDrake Sept 9, 2020

I can speak only for myself, but I *do* still love floppies, largely because in my mind, that's what a comic book *is*.

I agree that the writing is on the wall for single issue floppies and that the future of the comics lies in an inevitable shift to more consumer-friendly mass market trade collections. However, once upon a time, buying single issues at a newsstand was the only way to follow the adventures of your favorite hero. You were soon conditioned that if you missed an issue, there wasn't going to be a second chance. If you wanted to read comics, a weekly trip to the store was the only way to do it.

For example, Booster Gold Volume 1, first released in 1986, was out of print for decades, and children of the 80s had no reason to believe it ever would be seen again. A full-color reprint only arrived in the past year, and I just got my hand on the second half, Booster Gold: Future Lost, last week.

Booster Gold: Future Lost
Now available at a fine retailer near you!

Comic book retailing has changed a lot since your drugstore's spinner rack, but until the publishers finally throw in the towel, I think I'll stick to my singles. It may be more expensive, more labor intensive, and more often than not, an inferior reading experience, but at least I still get to look at all that great comic cover art.

No matter what anyone else tells you, we do buy them for the pictures.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Keeper of the Shrine

Drake McWhorter (aka @TrailerDrake) recently posted his pop culture "shrines" on Twitter. Here's his space devoted to BFFs Booster Gold and Blue Beetle.

TrailerDrake Blue and Gold shrine

Personally, I keep all my Booster action figures and knickknacks on their own bookshelf. Actually, if I count the ones still in their original packaging, two bookshelves in two different rooms. And that's not counting the comics. The Booster-dedicated short boxes (BG volumes 1 & 2 and 52) are on a third bookshelf. Come to think of it, Booster takes up a lot of room in my house.

Do any other Booster boosters devote space in their life to Booster Gold?

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Bow Ties Are Cool

Sometimes cosplay isn't enough. Sometimes you have to bring your favorite heroes into your daily attire. That's what Drake McWhorter did.

Dapper Drake McWhorter

Drake, known as TrailerDrake on Twitter, is a big Booster booster (*ahem*), and now he wears his allegiance to Blue and Gold around his neck. If you like it, you can buy your own from dexlarprice on for a very reasonable price.

(Note these ties are quite different from the Etsy Blue and Gold bows I featured last year, though those were also by dexlarprice.)

I have Booster t-shirts and a hoodie. Has anyone else managed to incorporate Booster into their daily wardrobe? And, yes, visible tattoos count.

On a related note — we are talking about Booster Gold merchandise, right? — has everyone signed George Pooley's petition for those cancelled Blue and Gold DC Collectible figures at Spread the word!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Since We're Talking About Booster Gold Videos

While I'm considering creating a "This Is Your Life" video for Booster Gold, it's interesting to take a look at some comparables. Youtube's Comic Drake is a big Booster Gold fan, and he's made some videos highlighting Booster's comic book career. In this one, he explains what he personally likes about Booster Gold.

I think that's great, but it's not quite what I have in mind. I'm thinking shorter (and less emphasis on Booster's "scumbag" qualities). In 60 seconds, can we tell a typical superhero movie watcher who has never opened a comic (and will never open a comic) why they need to meet Booster Gold? I think we can.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

All in One

Earlier this week, user TrailerDrake posted his infographic on his favorite hero (guess who?):

Booster Gold infographic

Let's see: From the 25th century? Check. Skeets? Check. JLI? Check. "Saved the universe multiple times"? Check.

Looks pretty good to me. Think there's anything he left out?

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