Sunday, December 5, 2010
Superhero Sunday: The Gold Standard
Well, almost every superhero origin story.
Superman was mysteriously absent at the time, so Carter had little trouble establishing himself as the new superhero on the block, even saving the President in one case. Intending to call himself Goldstar, Carter flubbed his announcement - immediately after saving the President - and wound up adopting the name Booster Gold.
Booster Gold's flashy costume, movie-star good looks, and charismatic personality quickly secured him a role as a celebrity superhero. Carter's slick self-promotional know-how allowed him to market that celebrity into considerable profit.
Perhaps it is the fact that Booster Gold is a bit less than heroic that people identify with so closely. Perhaps we are waiting and hoping for Booster Gold to "grow into" his profession, because we want to believe that - no matter the initial motivation - the simple act of doing the right thing can bring out the best in us.