"The Secret Origin of Spin-man" is a 2009 science fiction short story by Andrew Drilon. It is about a pair of young brothers who are fascinated and inspired by American comic book super-heroes.
Non-spoiler Summary in a Nutshell
A young Filipino boy and his brother James are obsessed with comic books during the late 1980s and early 1990s. You know, typical boys who spend all their money at the local comic store, have walls plastered with super-hero posters and routinely pretend to have super powers. Ah… it reminds me of my youth! Anyway, when these brothers get the chance to meet a real live comic book artist (who is their uncle no less) they are ecstatic – that is until one of them makes a very strange, albeit innocent, request.
Interesting Tidbits About This Story:
- Page Count: 12
- Word Count: 5,034
- If you enjoy reading comic books, or know anything about the creators in that business, then you owe it to yourself to read this wonderfully fun story!
- Did you know that Andrew Drilon is a comic creator himself? Yep. You can learn more about this talented author by reading his biographical blurb at Top Shelf 2.0.
Where You Can Find The Secret Origin of Spin-man:
- This story was first published in Philippine Speculative Fiction IV edited by Dean Francis Alfar and Nikki Alfar.
- You can read "The Secret Origin of Spin-man" online for free at the Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2009 web site.
If you liked this story then you may also be interested in "Last Son of Tomorrow" by Greg van Eekhout – about a super-hero who gets tired of doing the same old thing all the time.