A member of the Justice League of America
by DC Comics
Michael Jon "Booster' Carter was born in the 24th
century on Earth. Carter played football in college
and had a promising career as a professional player,
until his mother fell ill from a rare disease. Unable
to afford the expensive procedures required to cure her,
Carter resorted to gambling to make the money, even
betting on his own games. He eventually was discovered
and barred from the game in disgrace.
Carter traveled from job to job, eventually ending up as
a security guard at the Time Museum. Having been
a student of 20th century history and having been facinated
with the heroes of that time, Carter decided to steal
some of the technology in the museum, travel into the
past, and set himself up as a hero. Stealing some of
the equipment on display, including a Legion flight ring,
a forcefield belt, and a security robot oddly enough
named Skeets, Carter used a time travel device built
by Rip Hunter and traveled to the 20th Century,
becoming the costumed hero Booster Gold.
Essentially a thief whose motivation for heroics was
cash, Gold was able to establish himself as a hero, rather than a villain
because of a good PR campaign and keeping many of those facts from the public. Booster
lost his financial empire due to bad management and the plots of
Booster eventually joined
the Justice League of America and became good friends
with Blue Beetle. For a while, the two were the Laurel
and Hardy of the League.
During the League's battle with Doomsday, Gold's uniform
which provided him with his powers was destroyed. He now
wears a suit created by Blue Beetle which imitates many
of his original powers.