Created by Dan Jurgens

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Booster Gold; Art by Chris Batista and Rich Perrotta
The Original Universe


Real Name: Michael Jon Carter
Identity: Secret
Occupation: Adventurer; Former professional football player
Citizenship: American
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Ellen Carter (mother; deceased); Jon Carter (father); Michelle Carter (twin sister); Rip Hunter (son)
Base of Operation: Vanishing Point
Group Affiliation(s): Conglomerate; Superbuddies, Formerly JLA; Extreme Justice
Gender: Male
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond
First Appearance: Booster Gold #1 (February 1986)
Creators: Dan Jurgens

First I'm gonna find a place I want to be and then I'm going to attack that market for all it's worth and make a few million bucks. - Booster Gold
Quote taken from Booster Gold #24 (February 1988)


In the 25th century, Michael Jon Carter was found guilty of bribery and corruption in American football and made his way to the twentieth century to escape punishment. There he used futuristic equipment both to earn money and to do good as a super-hero, joining the JLI, where he became firm friends with Blue Beetle, forever getting into amusing scrapes with him.

He continued to act as a hero, often in combination with Firehawk, with whom he had a tempestuous romantic relationship, or with the Superbuddies, an organisation of former JLI members. He also worked with Blue Beetle in the Blue and Gold software company.


In the 25th century Michael Jon Carter was a brilliant quarterback with great promise as a professional player. This potential was lost, when Carter was caught betting on games in which he played. "Booster" Carter, a nickname he received for his tremendous skills, had started gambling in order to pay for his mother's delicate operation. Realizing he could make enormous amounts of money, he continued to bet even after her recovery and was soon caught. Banished from the college athletics and shunned by the pros, Carter drifted throughout the eastern seaboard until he found employment as a janitor at the Space Museum.

Once there, he realized that he had no future in that era, due to his past crimes. But while in college Carter became interested in studying the great heroes of the ages. When he came across Rip Hunter's Time Machine, he knew his future was in Earth's past. So he stole various pieces of advanced equipment, including Skeets, a security robot, and the Time Machine itself and journeyed back to the 20th century. Soon after his arrival, Carter interfered in an assassination plot against the President and Vice-President of the United States. Using the publicity that followed, he took the name Booster Gold and became the world's first super-hero dedicated to commercial pursuits rather than noble causes.



For a definitive list of appearances of Booster Gold in chronological order click here


Who's Who: Update '87 #1 (August 1987)

Who's Who in the DC Universe #2 (September 1990)
JLA-Z #1 (November 2003)