One of the biggest announcements made at last month's Comic-Con International in San Diego with the least amount of fanfare was delivered by none other than Geoff Johns. And it was about a book he's leaving.
Announced quietly during the DC Nation panel on Comic-Con's final day, the superstar writer revealed that legendary "Superman" writer-artist Dan Jurgens would take over writing duties for "Booster Gold" beginning with issue #15, expected to ship in December. Jurgens has penciled "Booster Gold" since its launch last year, and will stay on as artist for the title, as will inker Norm Rapmund.
The 49-year-old creator, perhaps most famous for masterminding "The Death of Superman" in 1993, actually created Booster Gold in 1986 as the first major character introduced into the DC Universe following the events of "Crisis on Infinite Earths."
Jurgens told CBR News, "Booster has always been a lot of fun to write because he's so relaxed and casual in his approach. There's plenty of room for humor as well as wide scope drama."
With the Beijing Olympics just a week away, Jurgens recalled it was the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles that provided him with inspiration for Booster Gold. "At that time, of course, we weren't nearly as awash in commercialism as we are now," he remarked. "But one of the announcers was discussing the fact that one of the athletes had a huge endorsement deal in place before they'd even won a single medal. Those comments sort of stoked a small, smoldering flame that had been in the back of my mind for a year or so. Within a day or two I had fleshed out the concepts surrounding Booster Gold."
Booster Gold was introduced as a glory hog and a showboat and became a core member of Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis' fan-favorite "Justice League International" in the late eighties and early nineties. That was then.
Now Booster is The Greatest Hero You've Never Heard Of and is leading a team of time travelers attempting to right the wrongs of DCU's past, present and future.
Jurgens said during his run, Booster's role won't change. "I think of him as an unlikely candidate to have inherited the responsibilities that now weigh him down," said the writer-artist. "But that's part of the fun here. This isn't a situation he sought out. Booster as time cop will continue to be a very important part of the book. Of course, that gives us a chance to visit any number of fun eras within DC's past. And I love the idea that Booster has become highly competent though no one in the DCU knows it except for Batman. The fact that he's considered a lightweight failure is fun. Mix that in with his personality, which allows us to bring lots of fun and humor into the book and I think it makes for a great combination."
Asked to tease what may be coming up next Booster, Jurgens said simply check out the last issue penned by outgoing writers Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz. "If people saw the last page of 'Booster Gold' #1,000,000, they saw Brainiac 5, Cyborg Superman, Elongated Man, Batgirl and Robin. I'd say that's a pretty good teaser."
Jurgens also confirmed he would stick with the re-imagined origin of Rip Hunter as Booster's son. "That was something Geoff told me months ago so I believe he and Jeff had the idea," said Jurgens. "We will continue to develop that storyline but in a very sneaky way."
Before Jurgens takes over the title, Chuck Dixon writes "Booster Gold" #11 and #12 and Rick Remender pens #13 and #14.
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