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Capes On the Couch - Where Comics Get Counseling

May 23, 2018

It's the Greatest Hero You've Never Heard Of, Booster Gold! Anthony & Dr. Issues tackle the underachieving egomaniac, how the RZA could help make him a better hero, and for the first time ever, a hero actually learns something on Doc's couch!


  • Introduction
  • Background (3:03)
    • Created by Dan Jurgens (Feb. 1986) - Time traveler named Michael Jon Carter
    • Disgraced quarterback working as security guard in 25th century museum
    • Steals tech with the help of robot sidekick Skeets to go back in time to fight crimes he can predict
    • Football nickname was Booster, but planned superhero name was Goldstar - he screwed up the intro, so Ronald Reagan called him Booster Gold and the nickname stuck
    • Lower level member of the Justice League, eventually pairs with Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) and they become good friends
    • Forms the Conglomerate (sponsored superhero team), but the team has issues and they break up
    • Coins the name Doomsday for the alien who kills Superman - is nearly killed by it and loses an arm
    • Discovers Maxwell Lord is responsible for killing Kord, and returns to 25th century because he feels he is a failure as a hero
    • Post Infinite Crisis, becomes Supernova - used time travel to create villainous identity so he could make himself seem like a greater hero
    • Tries repeatedly to stop Barbara Gordon's paralysis, but cannot - Batman appreciates this and says he will help Booster anytime he can
    • Befriends and mentors new Blue Beetle Jamie Reyes, as a way to honor Ted Kord
    • Becomes new leader of JLI and starts to become respected hero
    • New 52 returns him to the glory seeking failed hero
    • He realizes that he ends up a great hero, but in order to do so the future must see him as a failure, so he can never fully achieve the greatness he desires
    • Recently changed the timeline to un-kill Thomas & Martha Wayne to give Batman the present of his parents at his funeral, but in the new timeline Bruce is no longer Batman and he and Selina are no longer together
  • Issues (16:57)
    • Glory hound/egomaniac
    • Unfulfilled potential
    • Instant gratification/shortcuts
  • Treatment (31:20)
    • In-universe - who are you without the suit?
    • Out-of-universe - act like a life coach
  • Skit (38:34)
  • Outro (41:24)
    • Upcoming shows: Mr. Freeze, Cyclops, The Question


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