I really dig the cast of characters at Austin Books and Comics, but I honestly can't remember the last time I saw Nolan around. He's a swell fellow, and we share a mutual admiration for Superman, Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane back issues.
But Nolan has taken it up a notch. Maybe all the way to 11.
I saw a couple of Super-feet poking out from beneath his sleeve and asked to his his ink.
He produced this:
|and with that, he made my week|
Oh my gosh, you guys...
As he rolled up his sleeve, Nolan said "You're the only one who's going to get this". And, indeed, I remembered the story immediately. A young Superboy learns to fly with the aid of balloons and a patient Pa Kent.
When I asked "Of all the images..?" his response was phenomenal.
It's about learning to become a superhero, that even Superman wasn't always Superman and he had to keep trying things and learning, and there's no reason to look at that as a bad thing. In fact, it can be pretty great. Even Superman had to learn how to fly.
Y'all, that's a super good perspective on life.
I believe the story is in the pages of Superboy #69 and reprinted in Superboy Annual #1, which is the source of the image.
Jamie will never let me get my Goody Rickles tattoo.