A story for Father’s Day

Super Dad is still one of the favourite books that I’ve written.

It came about because my son was mad about Superman and Batman when he was about 6 years old.

We were in the check-in line at London Heathrow. He was dressed in his superhero outfit which had various bits of homemade accessories, cobbled together from different superheroes.

As he patrolled the line, protecting us from evil villains, I spotted the smiles on the faces on of fellow passengers. in a moment, I saw him differently and a warm, fatherly glow descended on me.

“What would be the best thing that could ever happen to him?” I wondered.

The answer came to me in seconds – wouldn’t it be great is Batman came to visit? If he drove up in his Batmobile, knocked on the door and said, “Hi! I’ve come for tea!”

I thought I could dress up and pretend one day, but knew I probably wouldn’t. But that sounded like a good starting point for a story.

So, stating in the queue, I pulled out my sketchbook and noted down the idea.

Above is the story. It was bought by Macdonald books, who loved it and were about to really market it, but then they were bought by Hachette and, though the book came out, it was never given the marketing and love it nearly had.

Happy Father’s Day!

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