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Monday, August 12, 2019

This Day in History: Covering Blair Butler

"My life has changed in so many ways over the past decade" is something I could say every 10 years. In 2009, I was reading new Booster Gold comic books and watching Attack of the Show on G4. None of those things exist anymore.

Fortunately, I don't have to rely on my memory to recall those golden days because I still have my copy of Booster Gold Volume 2, #23, released 10 years ago today.

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For those of you too young to remember, Blair Butler reviewed comic books in her "Fresh Ink" segment on Attack of the Show. She had been very positive about Booster's second series, and DC Comics thought she would make the perfect spokesperson for Booster's fan club. I couldn't agree more.

Butler described how she earned this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to Laura Hudson of shortly after Comic-Con International on July 29, 2009:

ComicsAlliance: So, how did the whole "Booster Gold" cover with DC come about?

Blair Butler: I actually got a call from Dan DiDio who said he had a crazy idea for an upcoming issue of "Booster Gold." Basically — and forgive me, because my memory sucks and I'm still recovering from Comic-Con — I recall that he said DC wanted to do a cover that sort of stood out for #23, and having a photo cover with a Booster fan was the main idea. It seemed oddly appropriate, since Booster is a bit of an attention hog. I think he'd not-so-secretly love the idea of having a lady-fan on the cover of his book. And, honestly, I was incredibly humbled that DC would ask me to don the Blue and Gold fan colors. I've loved comics since I had to stand on a stool to reach the quarter-bins at my local comic shop, so it's pretty awesome to get to be part of a DC comic.

CA: So what exactly makes you Booster Gold's biggest fan?

BB: Well, first, let me just admit that there are some massive Booster fans out there who really dwarf me — the folks who run the Boosterrific site, the guys at Project Fanboy, and the folks in the DC forums. They're all so passionate that it's really awe-inspiring and humbling. But let's settle this now: The real #1 fan would be Skeets or Blue Beetle. And I think Ted wins. However, if this were the mid-80s, Trixie Collins would totally be on the cover, rockin' some awesome 80s shoulder-pads.

I think the people who love Booster really respond to the fact that even though he's a shameless self-promoter, at the end of the day, he's a good, decent, heroic person at the core. Plus, when you live in LA, there's no more fitting superhero than Booster. I mean, the guy saves a crashing plane and does product placement. So Hollywood.

CA: We all know that you're going to be on the cover of "Booster Gold" now, but are you going to make an appearance inside the book as well?

BB: Straight from Dan Jurgens' mouth, I'll play a "slight role." Honestly, having anything to do with the comic is an honor.

That "slight role" was a romantic one. Butler went on a few dates with Booster, joining a list that includes movie star Monica Lake and the super hero Firehawk. An honor indeed!

Butler has since moved from writing for television to writing movies, but I'm sure she's still reading and enjoying Booster Gold comic books.

Meanwhile, Comics Alliance has been defunct since 2017. DC Comics closed their forums in 2016. G4 went off the air in 2014. Project Fanboy dissolved in 2013. Booster Gold Volume 2 was canceled in 2011. But is still here (feeling very, very old).

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

31 Years of Booster Gold

Monday, Kieran Shiach of recapped Booster Gold's first appearance. His article is very good and mostly accurate. His only mistake is saying that Booster Gold #1 was first released on November 2, 1986. It wasn't.

For the record, Booster Gold #1 was released to comics specialty shops (the emerging "direct market") on October 29, 1985. We know it's true because Dan Jurgens says so.

But that one little nitpick aside, it's great to see Comics Alliance celebrating our hero. Just one more things to give thanks for this week.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

406 Days and Counting

Today is Wednesday, and just like every other Wednesday for the past 58 weeks, there will be no new Booster Gold comic books at your Local Comic Shop.

Over the weekend, Russell Burlingame explored the questions of why this has happened and how it can be fixed in an article for

Burlingame isn't alone in wondering whatever happened to Booster Gold. Last week, Kieran Shiach of ComicsAlliance listed Booster Gold as the number one DC property in need of a new comic. I agree!

Here's hoping we'll see our hero again before DC Comics has it's next reboot. (Although, at the rate they're going, even that will be sooner rather than later.) Booster Gold is too good a hero to leave on the sidelines for long.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Crossing Over

Last week I asked you to vote at when I discovered they were polling for characters who needed solo books. We're still waiting to see how that turned out. Meanwhile, this is the question I was going to ask last week before I saw that poll.

This week's poll question: Which inter-company crossover would you be most likely to buy? Please visit the Boosterrific Polls page to view results for this week's poll.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Speak Up, Booster Boosters

I think Booster would make a great dad. Unlike Superman, Booster would take the time off from heroics to watch a football game with his kid.

Last week's poll question: Who would make a better dad? (38 votes)

Who would make a better dad?

Somethign different for today's poll. I'm going to ask you to go over to and cast your vote for the "character most in need of a solo book." I'm not going to tell you who to vote for, but Booster Gold is on the list (hint, hint).

Don't delay. Voting ends on December 12.

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