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Boosterrific.com: The Complete, Annotated Adventures of Booster Gold
Boosterrific.com: The Complete, Annotated Adventures of Booster Gold

It has been 69 Days since Booster Gold last appeared in a DCnU comic book.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Keeping a Stiff Upper Lip

I was having a particularly bad week — which makes me no different than 90% of the global population this unendurable 2020 — when I received a pleasantly unexpected email from Cort Carpenter with a new batch of Boosterrific sketches from his Booster Gold sketchbook.

Booster Gold by Reilly Brown for Cort Carpenter
Reilly Brown

Booster Gold by Adam Gorham for Cort Carpenter
Adam Gorham

Booster Gold by Steve Lieber for Cort Carpenter
Steve Lieber

Booster Gold by Mike Norton for Cort Carpenter
Mike Norton

Booster Gold by Dave Stokes for Cort Carpenter
Dave Stokes

... and another by Dave Stokes
Booster Gold by Dave Stokes for Cort Carpenter

And one by Cort himself!
Booster Gold by Cort Carpenter for Cort Carpenter

Good timing, Cort. It's hard to feel down while looking at that many smiling faces.

You can see these and many, many more at Cort's online Booster Gold sketchbook on imgur.com.

Comments (1) | Add a Comment | Tags: adam gorham blue beetle commissions cort carpenter dave stokes fan art mike norton reilly brown skeets steve lieber

Monday, August 5, 2019

Keeping Track of Keeping Track

If you look at the top of this page, you might see something like this:

It has been 69 Days since Booster Gold last appeared in a DCnU comic book.

I thought that would be self-explanatory, but as Ithildyn recently noted in a recent post on Batman, Last Knight on Earth, it does open the question of what appearances count, especially in the wake of Flashpoint now that DC is expressly disinterested in even attempting to maintain a strict continuity of events between series. Therefore, let me explain my methodology.

First of all, the DCnU, or DC New Universe continuity, is what I call the "real" sequence of events of the DC Universe in the New 52 era. It's the history shared by all characters of the familiar universe, from Adam Strange to Zatanna. In comics, the "shared universe" concept is what allows the heroes established in various titles to cross over and team-up and form a Justice League. Establishing the shared timeline of the DCnU has been complicated by Convergence, Rebirth, and Doomsday Clock, but without it, there can be no "event" stories to begin with.

Obviously, not every story published by DC Comics takes place in DCnU continuity — nor would we want them all to. In years past, there have been many "imaginary" stories, sometimes called Elseworlds and sometimes Hypertime. Although they may involve "a" Booster Gold, that character isn't "the" Booster Gold. The events of those stories have no effect on the development of our hero, so those tales of alternate realities don't count against the appearance counter.

Another thing I don't count are appearances of Booster Gold within the DCnU that aren't clearly Michael Jon Carter himself. For example, even if Batman: Last Knight on Earth involved the mainstream DC timeline, the Booster Gold we get a brief glimpse of may only be a figment of Batman's guilty imagination. If that's the case, it doesn't really count as a Booster Gold appearance, does it? I put these sort of stories in my "out-of-continuity" category and the appearance counter remains unaffected.

Accurately tracking DCnU history may be an impossible task when it changes every few months, but it's still the core of what Boosterrific.com is all about. The appearance counter is a quick and easy way for Booster Gold fans to recognize gaps in Booster Gold's ongoing character development.

I hope that answers your question, Ithildyn. In short, it counts the stories I say it counts and ignores the ones I say it ignores.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wrong Opinion

Booster booster CDN writes in to say:

Hey! Not sure if you saw, but WhatCulture posting an article about comic characters that people hate but shouldn't, and Booster is number 10 on the list.

Hrm. He sure is. According to Neil Gray, who wrote the article "10 Comic Book Characters Everyone Hates (And Why They're Wrong)":

A loud-mouthed braggart with ideas well above his station and a constant need for self-promotion, it's not difficult to see why people have a huge dislike for Booster Gold. Ever since Michael Jon Carter burst onto the scene in 1986 this one man showboating machine has just rubbed fans up the wrong way, and let us not forget here, the guy is nothing more than a thief.

Gray isn't wrong. While Booster obviously has a dedicated fan club — you're all lovely people — modern Internet forums do seem to be full of people who have never cared for the Corporate Crusader. And they do make a good case against him. Creator Dan Jurgens admitted as such while announcing the series' cancellation in the letter column of Booster Gold Volume 1, #25 way back in 1987.

One of the problems we always had with BOOSTER GOLD was the fact that he was really an unlikable character in some respects.

Jurgens softened Booster's origin somewhat in 1988's Secret Origins #35, but at the heart of it, Booster was still someone with an abrasive personality and a history of making some very poor decisions. Some people will never get past that. If Booster can live with that, so can I.

I have a bigger problem with the fact that the article includes Superman at number 7. (Show me someone who doesn't like Superman, and I'll show you someone who doesn't like Coca-Cola or apple pie. Blasphemers!) At least Gray tries to set those misguided miscreants' minds straight.

You can find the whole list at WhatCulture.com. Thanks for the link, CDN.

Comments (2) | Add a Comment | Tags: cdn dan jurgens neil gray superman whatculutre.com

Friday, September 28, 2018

Opinions in Crisis

Upon first read, I thought I was okay with Heroes in Crisis #1. Yes, it is heavy on atmosphere and light on story, but after Tom King's criminal misuse of Booster Gold in "The Gift", I decided that this was at least somewhat more respectful of my hero (even as it spits in the eye of the entire DC "Rebirth" initiative).

Then I read what ScreenRant.com and IGN.com and ComicBook.com had to say about it. (Warning: links contains spoilers.)

Now I'm wondering if perhaps my worst fears about this series weren't fearful enough. Since so many people seem to think that writer Tom King is some kind of literary genius — an opinion I have not shared since I read Batman, Volume 4 #1 — might Heroes in Crisis poison Booster Gold for the general public in the same sort of way that Marvel's revelation that Hank Pym was a mentally addled wife beater tarnished that once great character? *Gulp*

But maybe I'm overreacting. Maybe I'm just overprotective of my favorite character. Call me Chicken Little.

Am I alone? Let's find out.

This week's poll question: What is your reaction to Heroes in Crisis #1? Please visit the Boosterrific Polls page to view results for this week's poll.

Comments (4) | Add a Comment | Tags: comicbook.com heroes in crisis ign.com polls screenrant.com tom king

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Stick a Pin in It

The Blot got in touch recently to alert me to these beauties, soon to be available from Fansets line of Justice League pins:

Fansets Booster Gold pins

That's "Classic" MicroJustice Booster Gold on the left, and "New 52" MicroJustice Booster Gold on the right. (Those are Fansets' names, not mine. I'm well aware that neither of those are the New 52 costume. Maybe Fansets is breaking the news that Rebirth Booster Gold has totally abandoned his terrible New 52 costume. If so, Hooray!)

Thanks for the notification, Blot. I assure you that there will be a new pin on my leather jacket come this fall.

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