So this is one of those, where I find out that an old fanfic I really liked was written by somebody on my flist. And you will really like it, too. Because there is not a lot of Astro City fic out there, but darkmark has written the best piece of it I've ever read.
It's called "The Last Fast Blast of the Bouncing Beatnik," and it's a sweet ride, baby. The Bouncing Beatnik is one of Astro City's background heroes, and he's never been developed by Busiek -- he's a throw-in, a fun little bit of color. And that's OK, because Busiek has a lot more stuff to get to; I have been wanting for years to hear the story of the Gentleman. Even more so then the damned Silver Agent. The Beatnik? Not so much. But Darkmark's done a great job with this one -- the story feels real, and true, and fun, and it pulls off its format really well.
Cats and kitties, be hip to my lick! My wig may be uncool, but my jive is solid! I say to you, hip yourselves to a hero of the counterculture -- the Beatnik Who Bounced!