There are a lot of cool names in the worlds of pop culture: Erik Killmonger.  Hoban Washburn.  Knives Chau.  But many superhero code names fall under the header of “Explains Too Much”, as seen with a number of Legionnaires (like Karate Kid) or just plain trying too hard, like Blackagar Boltagon.   The difficulties in coming up with a really good name stem in part from the fact that the pinnacle of alter ego naming, Booster Gold, was established back in 1986, leading to today’s time-traveling query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites that Booster’s name is canonically due to a misunderstanding by President Ronald Reagan during his first public outing, asking: Is there any name cooler than Booster Gold?  (If yes, show your work!)

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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