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Monday, January 21, 2019
The life of any comic book hero would be a lonely one if not for the many characters who have made up their supporting cast. Just as Superman has Lois Lane and Batman has Alfred, Booster Gold has also shared his adventures with quite a few people over the years. Today we look at one of those, Trixie Collins.
Theresa “Trixie” Collins was introduced in Booster Gold Volume 1, #1 (1986) as the red-headed secretary of Goldstar, Inc, the small corporation that managed neophyte hero Booster Gold’s commercial marketing activities. Her responsibilities included both public relations and administrative assistance to both Booster and his managing agent, Dirk Davis.
Like Booster, Trixie wasn’t native to 20th-century Metropolis. She originally hailed from Kansas, relocating to the big city where she lived with her old-fashioned (and somewhat prudish) Aunt Jeanie in Jeanie’s spacious townhouse in one of Metropolis’ nicer old neighborhoods (Booster Gold #3). She didn’t spend too much time at home, however. Her bosses often took advantage of her work ethic and willingness to please, leading to many late nights at the office, filing reports and answering correspondence.
Overwork would be the least of Trixie’s problems. Being secretary to a super hero comes with a unique set of challenges. She was soon kidnapped by the 1000, who held her hostage in exchange for access to Goldstar’s secrets (Booster Gold #10). At the time, Trixie barely knew Booster’s real name. She wouldn’t learn the full truth of Booster's origins until after Booster saved her at great personal expense (Booster Gold #12). To return the favor, Trixie donned a super suit designed by Jack Soo that gave her the power of magnetism. She became the literal personification of her employer, Goldstar, and followed Michael "Booster" Carter back to the future where he could get the medical help he needed to recover (Booster Gold #13).
Trixie didn’t enjoy playing at being a super hero. Once she and Booster were safely returned to the 20th century, she hung up the tights for good and resumed her role as secretary for the newly renamed Booster Gold International (Booster Gold #16). Trixie would remain Booster’s loyal secretary until his corporation was bankrupted by an embezzler during the Millennium Crisis (Booster Gold #24).
Over the course of their adventures together, Trixie developed strong feelings for Booster and began to resent the time he spent with other women, especially “sex symbol” movie star Monica Lake. Sadly, their mutual friendship never had a chance to develop into anything romantic. The pair kissed only once, a kiss goodbye just before Booster left Metropolis for good (Booster Gold #25, 1988).
Trixie and Booster would cross paths only one more time. By 1998, Trixie had become the landlord of The Stain, one of Metropolis’ hottest nightclubs and headquarters of the Teen Titans. Trixie visited the Titans' public appearance at the L.L. Siegel & Shuster toy store in Metropolis. It was there she and Booster, who was dropping in to take advantage of the large crowd, exchanged a brief greeting (as seen in the pages of Chase #4). Whatever feelings the pair once shared had clearly cooled during their long separation. Not every love story has a happy ending.
For a bit of insight into creator Dan Jurgens' intentions into creating Trixie, click here to read my post from June 26, 2015.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Behind every great man there is a great woman. In Booster Gold's case, that woman was Trixie Collins.
Theresa "Trixie" Collins was a red-headed Kansas girl hired to be Booster's original secretary at Goldstar, Inc. She would later move up in the organization to be the first to wear the Goldstar sidekick costume. Like all good Girl Fridays, she was an incredibly competent, level-headed voice of reason in an otherwise insane work environment. And she was far too professional to fall for her boss.
It seemed there were sparks between the two, but the coming of Millennium seemed to destroy any hope readers had of seeing their relationship come to fruition. I've always wondered if Dan Jurgens felt love was in the cards for his creations. So I asked him.
In the beginning, I saw Booster as having two voices that would serve as his conscience. Skeets was one, serving as more of his guide through aspects of the era they were in and against villains. Trixie would function more as his conscience in terms of how he dealt with people. There was plenty of room for both.
And while I never intended that there would ever be a romantic relationship, I did see a place for deep, friendly affection between them.
No matter what Jurgens intended, I have to believe that Booster would have charmed his way out the friend zone if he hadn't been forced to leave Metropolis on such short notice. But long-distance relationships rarely work out.
My eternal thanks to Dan Jurgens for stocking Booster's world with so many wonderful characters. (Happy Birthday, Dan!)
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