I’ve been a huge fan of Booster Gold for as long as I can remember. I’ve always enjoyed scheming, arrogant, self-centered, cocky, smart-mouth, loudmouth but good-hearted characters like Booster, Zack Morris, Wheeler from Captain Planet and Ted from Hey Dude. I could relate to those characters best even if I wasn’t as outspoken and didn’t seek the spotlight like they did.
This was an ad that ran in DC Comic books for the Booster Gold series that started in1986. He was created/written/drawn by one of my favorite comic book creators — Dan Jurgens. The first issue of that series marked the character’s debut but in short time he was added to the Justice League line-up and became a staple of that team for years. This ad really highlights Booster’s ambitions for fame and money and the character was created to be a representation of the 1980s’ “greed is good” excess.
I enjoyed this book. Although it wasn’t based around humor like the Justice League books were under writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, it was still a fun superhero romp showing a self-centered guy trying (and sometimes failing) to be a hero all while trying to make a buck off his exploits. Sadly, the book was canceled in 1988 with issue number 25 but Booster remained in the popular Justice League books for many more years. Luckily, his entire solo series was collected in 2008 as volume one of Showcase Presents Booster Gold.
By the mid ’90s, the character kind of faded away and was treated as a D-list joke but came roaring back in 2006’s weekly 52 series where he was a central character and that led to the great comic book writer Geoff Johns’ relaunch of the Booster Gold comic in 2007 where with the help of his robot pal Skeets and Rip Hunter he travels to different times in history trying to preserve the time stream. In a nice twist, much of this is done undercover so no one really knows just how great of a hero Booster has become. All of this has lead to the character being taken seriously again (and with Booster himself getting a bit more serious about being a hero) by the comic book community, even though the populace inside the DC Universe still views Booster as somewhat of the same screw up he was in his Justice League days.
In a nice touch, after Geoff Johns left the new series, Dan Jurgens returned to the character to write and draw the book and did a solid job. Recently, he too left the title and the book is now in the hands of two men who are certainly no stranger to Booster and have probably written more stories involving the character than anyone: Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis. I expect a bigger emphasis on humor and I’m okay with that because their run on the Justice League franchise is a favorite of mine.
By the way, I’d LOVE to own or even see what that Booster Gold pin looks like.
I’ve had Benny on the brain lately (more on Jack Benny and his old time radio program at another date) and came across this swell little ad. Jell-O ice cream, huh? Okay, doesn’t sound so bad at first if they just slapped their name on some fruit-based ice cream or sherbet but maple walnut “freezing mix”? I don’t know about that…
Ad is from sometime between the mid 1930s and early 1940s back when Jell-O was Benny’s sponsor.
Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man is a video game published in 1983 by Mattel Electronics for Intellivision and Atari 2600. It is the first MOTU video game ever produced. While we’re on the subject — CAN I PLEASE GET A NEW MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE VIDEO GAME ?!?!?! Can you imagine a He-Man game done God of War-style?
Anyway, from what I’ve seen and played, He-Man games are pretty bad. And I don’t mean “bad” in the urban slang manner. I mean bad as in lame. This one definitely appears to be no different, thus keeping the bar low for all MOTU games to follow.
The object of the game is to reach Castle Grayskull and ultimately defeat Skeletor. It’s part side-scrolling shooter as you’re cruising in the Wind Raider fighting off fireballs and dropping bombs on Skeletor’s head (BTW – Skeletor is crazy fast to be keeping up with the Wind Raier on these levels). The second part of the game, I don’t know what you’d call it, but you try to make your way to the right side of the screen as Skeletor allegedly throws lighting bolts at you (personally, I think they look like spinning octopi). Once you reach Skeletor, you engaged in a comical sword fight.
What I'd really like to see is that comic book that was packaged inside.
Despite how mediocre the game is, if I owned an Atari 2600 or Intellivision this would be a cool collector’s item to have. But even then, I couldn’t bring myself to spend $75 on a “new & sealed” copy like the one that is being offered on eBay.
If you ever wanted to watch 15 minutes of Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man gameplay on Intellivision, you’re in luck:
This ad is ridiculously cheesy and homoerotic but have you ever seen anything as cool as the Jackal squad standing side by side with the Contra boys? The guy in the back looks like a constipated James Franco and it’s nice to see Kane Roberts was smart enough to realize he couldn’t play in Alice Cooper’s band forever.
Personally, I was never much of a fan of Jackal. I played it almost every weekend at my friend’s house and it was fun for the time just because it was Nintendo and it was military stuff, but I don’t remember us ever getting very far in it. Same deal with Metal Gear.
Contra, on the other hand, was flippin’ awesome. Still a great game to this day and thank Zeus for the Konami Code because I don’t know how anyone was ever supposed to make it through that game with only three lives. The game was recently given makeover as the retro-iffic Contra ReBirth and is available for download on Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console. Haven’t played it yet, but I plan to.
The offerings during the holiday seasons at fast food restaurants always blew the doors off the typical cheap kiddie toys you could get in a Happy Meal, Kids Club meal and the like. That’s when the fast food chains would partner up with some type of timeless childrens’ property and give us a plush toy that would last a lifetime. If not physically, then certainly in heart and spirit, but then again, I’m speaking for myself. Though I no longer own a Holiday Huggable, I’ve always found comfort in knowing that they exist, I owned one and that my Baby Fozzie was an extremely important piece of my stuffed animal collection!
It’s pretty funny that a stuffed animal from a fast food joint can mean so much to you but that’s what is so wonderful about being a kid. The most simple things can be the greatest things when you’re young and innocent. So what does that say for me when I’m pushing thirty and wish I had my Baby Fozzie back?
The Holiday Huggables were a part of the 1988 holiday season and available with the purchase of any McDonald’s grub (for an additional fee). I want to say they probably cost about $1.99, which I think was the standard fast food plush toy rate, but I certainly didn’t pay for it– so what do I know? I wonder if my parents kept the receipt…
Sadly, in my house a Baby Kermit never slept. Somehow both my sister and I had Fozzie. Hey, I loved Fozzie as much as anyone, but why couldn’t I have a Kermit ?! I seem to recall a friend having Kermit and being very jealous over it all.
This has to be one of the greatest examples of movie merchandising of all time… Halloween III masks! These masks were central to the movie’s plot, so it’s awesome to see a tie-in that actually makes sense. As we all know, the movie wasn’t well received at the time of its release, had it been, these probably would’ve been huge sellers.
“Pumpkin Head” is definitely my favorite mask, but geez — $39.95?
Hypnotize yourself to this (seizures may occur):
I touched up this game a while back and while I’m a bigger fan of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, there’s no denying this game is also one of the greatest platformers of all-time and it certainly ranks near the top when you’re talking about the 16-bit era. In fact, I’d rather play either of the first two Sonic games than either Super Mario World game. I just never was a fan of those.