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Friday, June 11, 2021
As pointed out to me by Rob Snow, New York Comic Con and Metaverse Comics has released a 45-minute long video interview with Blue and Gold creators Dan Jurgens and Ryan Sook to promote the upcoming series.
The creators talk about what kind of story it will be, whether or not new fans will have any idea what's going on, and which of them feels more like Booster and which feels more like Beetle. (Spoiler Alert! It's exactly the ones you expect.) They even screenshare some artwork and script plans. I'd say it's worth a listen for die-hard Booster boosters.
Thanks, Rob, Jurgens, and Ryan (and interviewer Mike Negin)! Blue and Gold is set for a late July release.
Monday, June 7, 2021
I love dogs. And Skeets. And therefore, I love this piece of commissioned fan art by Arnel Baluyot (@theninjabot):
PopDog pet portrait commissioned by @MyPopCltureDiva on Twitter.com
In this case, I'm even willing to forgive the lack of a high collar.
Friday, June 4, 2021
Everyone who's ever read a DC comic knows Booster Gold's best friend is Ted Kord, aka the Blue Beetle.
But Booster has another best friend, someone who has been there for him since the beginning: his sidekick Skeets!
Yet somehow we almost never see the three of them, Booster, Beetle, and Sheets together.
After a stray comment made last month by Booster booster Cort, I decided to pull from the Boosterrific database a list of all the times that Ted Kord and Skeets have appeared in the same comic with Booster Gold.
Here's that list:
1. Booster Gold #22November 19872. Justice League America #71February 19933. Justice League America #87April 19944. Extreme Justice #1February 19955. Extreme Justice #2March 19956. Extreme Justice #3April 19957. Extreme Justice #4May 19958. Extreme Justice #14March 19969. Extreme Justice #15April 199610. Extreme Justice #16May 199611. Extreme Justice #17June 199612. Extreme Justice #18July 199613. Justice League America #112July 199614. Justice League Task Force #37August 199615. Total Justice #1October 199616. Total Justice #2Early November 199617. Final Night #1November 199618. Final Night #3November 199619. Green Lantern #81December 199620. Superboy and the Ravers #8April 199721. JLA #38February 200022. JLA: Our Worlds At War #1September 200123. Superman: Day of Doom #1January 200324. 52 #52May 200725. Booster Gold #6March 200826. Booster Gold #0April 200827. Booster Gold #10August 200828. Booster Gold #26January 201029. Booster Gold #27February 201030. Booster Gold #34September 201031. Booster Gold #35October 201032. Booster Gold #36November 201033. Booster Gold #37December 201034. Booster Gold #38January 201135. DC Universe: Legacies #9March 2011
Only 35 issues over 35 years! And Skeets and Beetle don't always appear in the same scenes in those 35 issues! Heck, Skeets doesn't meet with either of the other 2 in the first few issues of Extreme Justice! It's almost like Skeets and Blue Beetle only cross paths at the annual Justice League Christmas party.
As for the issues where all 3 do appear together, you might remember that for a while around the turn of the millennium, Skeets was incorporated into Booster's armor, which means Skeets literally came between Blue and Gold!
I'm not exactly saying there's any animosity between Booster's two BFFs. I'm just saying that it's pretty clear that Skeets prefers the company of Rip Hunter to Ted Kord.
Monday, May 17, 2021
Ross Pearsall's Super-Team Family Presents... blog is one of the very few site that I visit on a regular basis. It's always worth seeing what inter-company team-ups Ross comes up with, especially when they're this radical:
I think it's great to see these signature teams of the 1980s finally come together, even if only in Ross's imagination.
Friday, May 14, 2021
If you visited your Local Comic Shop this week, you might have picked up a copy of the DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Celebration #1 like I did. The title is an accurate representation of what's inside the book, and I enjoyed the much-deserved spotlight on characters who too rarely get their share of the accolades.
If I had any problem with the book, it was only that it was too short. DC Comics has several other notable Asian characters worthy of more attention, characters like August General in Iron, Rising Sun, Maya, Doctor Light, and the head of Research and Design for Booster Gold International, Dr. Jack Soo.
In the spirit of further celebration of the contribution of Asian characters to the DC Universe, what follows is a post about Soo's trailblazing contribution to the cast of Booster Gold Volume 1 in the 1980s, previously published on the Boosterrific blog in 2015:
It cannot be denied that the original cast of Booster Gold was pale. Michael Carter was white. Trixie Collins was white. Dirk Davis was white. About the only characters in the first six issues who weren't white were Booster's orange cats, Jack and Jill. (Hey, it's not Booster's fault that Metropolis was settled almost exclusively by Western Europeans and Kryptonians.)
The eventual introduction of supporting cast member Dr. Jack Soo in Booster Gold #7 finally provided an injection of some much needed color.
Jack Soo was the best young inventor at Scientific and Technological Advanced Research Laboratories (aka S.T.A.R. Labs) when he was hired to create a new female super suit for Goldstar, Inc. He delivered on his reputation and earned his place in Booster Gold's supporting cast.
While Soo's specific heritage is never addressed, his tan skin, dark hair, and narrow eyes indicate Asian ethnicity. "Soo" also happens to be a Westernization of the fairly common Chinese surname "Su."
Of course, it's hard not to notice the sudden appearance of an ethnic minority in a comic full of white characters. But was Asian the right race for Booster Gold's first new supporting character? I mean, isn't "Asian scientist" a little cliched?
As always, I turned to creator Dan Jurgens for the answer.
Yes, we realized that we need to have a more diverse cast.
I would also add that "Asian scientist" might seem a bit stereotypical now, but it certainly wasn't 30 years ago.
Jurgens has a point there. While ethnic Asians make up almost 15% of all modern science, technology, engineering, and technology jobs in America today (second in percentage only to — you guessed it — whites), that number was closer to 5% in 1980 according to census.gov.
We haven't seen Jack since Booster Gold #22 (1987). I assume that's because he's been hard at work in his lab creating new wonders. Thanks for all your hard work, Dr. Soo.
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