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When Were Booster Gold and Blue Beetle First Called 'Blue and Gold'?

In "When We First Met", we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore, like the first time someone said, "Avengers Assemble!" or the first appearance of Batman's giant penny or the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth or the first time Spider-Man's face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter. Stuff like that.

Today, based on a suggestion by Devon S. (he only asked me about it, oh, seven years ago - I'll explain in a bit why it took so long), I look into when Blue Beetle and Booster Gold were first referred to as "Blue and Gold."

Earlier, I did a bit about when Martian Manhunter first became obsessed with Oreos. Since I was doing that, I figure I might as well just do the "Blue and Gold" question that I had been meaning to do for years (someone else other than Devon might have requested it, as well). The problem is that I didn't really know the answer off hand but I also was pretty sure it WASN'T all that early, so it would mean just sitting down and reading through a bunch of comics until I hit upon the answer. That takes a lot of time, but, well, whatever, I did the Martian Manhunter one so I guess I'll do this one, too!

Booster Gold sort of kind of joined the Justice League at the end of Justice League #3 (by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon), when Maxwell Lord showed up and told the rest of the Justice League (including Blue Beetle) that Booster was their newest member. They all told him to take a hike, but after Booster proved his mettle in the next issue, the League decided to let him join.

Almost right away, Beetle and Booster worked together as a team...

They didn't really interact over the next few issues, but then that brought us to Justice League International #8, which is the issue where the book cemented its status as a sitcom comic book. And right on the cover, Beetle and Booster were paired together...

And in the comic itself, they were put together and they had instant comedic chemistry, leading to the introduction of the famous "Bwah Ha Ha"...

They were now fully a team and they continued to be paired together for the next year or so and since the book was very popular, they, too, became a very popular duo. However, the fans did not pick up on the "Blue and Gold" name in their fandom, as seen here in Justice League International #24...

The following issue, fans began to make color jokes with Green Flame and Blue Beetle....

And sure enough, that, in turn, led to the coining of the term "Blue and Gold" in the letter column of Justice League America #29, to discuss a miniseries that sadly never came about...

But what about the comic itself?

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