Booster Gold #1 (November 21, 1985)
Michael Jon Carter was born poor in 25th century Gotham City. He was a gifted athlete, attending Gotham University on a football scholarship. Michael was a star quarterback until his lecherous father reentered his life and convinced him to deliberately lose games for gambling purposes. He was exposed, disgraced and expelled. Later he took a job as a night watchman at the Metropolis Space Museum, where he studied superheroes and villains from the past, particularly the 20th century. With the help of a security robot named Skeets, Michael stole devices from the museum displays. He used Rip Hunter’s Time Sphere to travel to the 20th century, intent on becoming a superhero and forming a corporation based around himself to make a comfortable living. He is a shameless self-promoter whose obsession with fame and wealth irritates other heroes. Carter’s nickname as a football player was “Booster”, but his chosen 20th century superhero name was “Goldstar”. After saving the president, Carter mangled the two names, causing US President Ronald Reagan to introduce him as “Booster Gold”. The name stuck. He first appeared in Booster Gold #1 (November 21, 1985).