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Jimmy’s talent for drawing — nicely presented with projections by Daniel Brodie and Feiffer — is not appreciated by his dad (Danny Binstock) who wishes he had a son more interested in sports than wasting his time creating superheroes.The answer can be found in writers James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante's endearing and emotionally naked characterizations, owing much to the original interviews, as well as to Edward Kleben's lyrics, combined with Marvin Hamlisch's jazzy melodies.