Superman: Last Son of Krypton – Elliot S! Maggin

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Elliot S! Maggin’s Superman: Last Son of Krypton is far better than any novel based on a comic character ought to be, especially one as endearingly goofy as Superman. We learn that Albert Einstein played a key role in ensuring that the young hero was adopted by the right people, and later mysterious papers that the genius intended to be revealed after his death are stolen. Also in the mix, there’s also an ancient prophecy about a galactic real-estate fraud with apocalyptic implications. Maggin uses the two plots to examine the antagonistic relationship Luthor and Superman, the latter’s rationale for behaving the way he does, and the former’s wasted intentional. With charming wit and convincing characterization, Maggin’s novel is one that I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone confused about the appeal of Superman’s world, or to anyone who is getting paid to write a story involving the character. Simply super!

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