To Bronze Age Superman fans, some of the greatest stories of the Man of Steel weren’t told in the comics, or even Richard Donner’s films — they were two prose novels, written by comic author Elliot S! Maggin. 1979’s The Last Son of Krypton is a lovingly detailed retelling of Superman’s life story, told to coincide with the release of Superman the Movie. Its follow-up, 1981’s Miracle Monday, is a story of space travel, time travel, the forces of Hell itself, and the origin of an oft-forgotten Superwoman, all too fantastical to even be described. It’s a story that Superman creators and historians to this day cite as one of their favorites.
Recently in the DC Community Book Club, the topic of “Miracle Monday” came up — and I thought I should share this discovery, for those interested in exploring these stories:
The author of Last Son of Krypton and Miracle Monday himself, Elliot S! Maggin, released recordings of these two books as a free podcast between 2018 and 2019, in a limited 28 episode series cheekily entitled “Elliot Makes Stuff Up.” Right now I happen to be listening to Glen Weldon’s excellent Superman: The Unauthorized Biography, as narrated byJustice League’s George Newburn, but this will be my next stop!