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It has been 64 Days since Booster Gold last appeared in an in-continuity DCU comic book.
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Monday, November 27, 2023
While my attention was focused on turkey and apple pie last week, DC sneaked a Booster Gold by me!
As you can see, the Earth-22 version of our hero (and Skeets!) makes a very brief appearance in Batman Superman World's Finest #21, now on sale at Local Comic Shops everywhere:
The events of this issue take place prior to the events of Kingdom Come, so this is chronologically Earth-22 Booster's first appearance!
It seems likely that we'll see Booster again in the next issue, currently scheduled for a December 19 release. You can be sure I'll be paying attention to that.
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
This week DC released The Return of Superman 30th Anniversary Special, which reunites Dan Jurgens and the other creators who made the original event such a compelling read that it's worth revisiting three decades later. I enjoyed reading it, but I am duty bound to point out that Booster Gold is not in that book.
Of course, longtime Booster boosters know that's an appropriate omission. At the time, Booster Gold's superhero career looked to be just as dead as Superman with no clear signs that he would ever be returning.
Doomsday destroyed Booster's original 25th-century powersuit in Superman #74 (written by Dan Jurgens), and Booster spent most of the 1993 summer of "Regin of the Superman" on the sidelines as the Justice League put itself back together under Wonder Woman's leadership. Superman would be back at work by October, but it would take Booster another 4 years before his powers were even close to the what they had been before. In fact, the restoration came exactly 50 months later, in Superman #124 (written by Dan Jurgens).
Which is not to say that Booster plays no role behind the scenes in The Return of Superman 30th Anniversary Special. The 2010 story "The Tomorrow Memory," beginning Booster Gold volume 2 #28 (written by guess who), establishes that Booster Gold, in his role as Time Master, was in Coast City while it was being destroyed by Cyborg Superman.... to ensure that it was destroyed.
That may not seem very "heroic," but without Booster Gold, Time Master, it's possible that no one would consider The Return of Superman worth revisiting 30 years later. Being a Time Master is a thankless job, but somebody's got to do it.
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Dan Jurgens created the character of Booster Gold and has written and drawn most of Booster's adventures since 1985. However, Dan wasn't the only artist working on Booster's first appearance.
I would suggest that the most significant early artistic collaborator was Booster's original inker, Mike DeCarlo, who has drawn, inked, and/or colored hundreds of books for DC (and elsewhere) since the early 80s.
For those of us who have been with Booster since the beginning, DeCarlo's Booster certainly has a place in our heart. That's why I was so happy to see Cameron Lentz's commission of DeCarlo's distinctive take on young Booster Gold recently show up at ComicArtFans.com:
Yep, that's our Booster!
If you'd like to admire more of DeCarlo's Booster Gold inks, ComicArtFans.com also has the first appearance of the post-Crisis Superman from Booster Gold #6 story page 7, as well as Booster's origin story on pages 17, 18, 19, and 20 of that same issue.
With art like that, it's no wonder that we consider the issue to be one of the 12 Best Booster Gold Stories Ever!
Monday, July 17, 2023
While Booster Gold has had many adventures without his robot sidekick since the pair debuted in 1985's Booster Gold #1, the reverse is not true. Skeets has rarely wandered far from Booster's side.
But this week, Skeets will be on the cover of Batman Superman: World's Finest #17 with nary a Booster Gold in sight!
The issue preview at AIPTComics.com doesn't give any indication what role (if any) Skeets (or Booster) will play in the issue's story. Given that the scenario in preceding issues focuses on a villainous artificial intelligence taking over all the other artificial lifeforms in the DC Universe... things don't look good for our favorite sidekick.
Buy this issue and make Skeets happy!
UPDATE: As Marty notes in the comments, neither Booster nor Skeets appears inside the actual issue. Oh, well. We still got a Skeets cover.
Friday, May 12, 2023
Booster Gold #23 is the last adventure of Booster's first volume untainted by editorially-mandated connections to the mega-crossover Millennium event. In hindsight, that makes this comedic exchange between Superman and Booster Gold from page 19 even more poignant.
Pay particular attention to how the content of individual panels flows down and across the page as the scene gradually transitions from the victorious heroes on the top of the building who shrink down to a worm's eye view the giant head of villainous mastermind Lex Luthor at page bottom. The use of a Dutch angle perspective at the page bottom even leads the reader's eye back up the page to reinforce Luthor's contrast with smiling Superman! What a nice finishing touch.
Dan Jurgens' greatest artistic strength has always been laying out dynamic action scenes that enhance a story's narrative flow, and that's perfectly on display here.
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