Elliot S. Maggin, also spelled Elliot S! Maggin (born 1950), is an American writer of comic books, film, television, and novels. He was a main writer for DC Comics during the Bronze and early Modern ages of comics in the 1970s and 1980s. He is particularly associated with the character of Superman.
He has been active with the Democratic Party of the United States, twice running for the nomination of his party for the U.S. House of Representatives—once from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district in 1984 and from California's 24th congressional district in 2008.
Elliot S. Maggin
|Born||1950 (age 68–69)|
|Alma mater||Brandeis University|
|Employer||Self (freelance writer)|
New Hampshire public schools
|Known for||Action Comics|
(m. 1983; div. 1988)
(m. 1991; div. 2011)
Maggin started working as a professional writer in his teens, selling historical stories about the Boer War to a boys' magazine. He attended Brandeis University, where he wrote a term paper titled "What Can One Man Do?" for a class during his junior year. When it received a grade of B-, Maggin disagreed with the assessment, remade it as a comic book script, and sent his script to DC Comics. It was passed around the DC offices, and Neal Adams chose to draw the script. The story was published in Green Lantern #87 (Dec. 1971-Jan. 1972). Green Lantern editor Julius Schwartz commented that "I’ve been a comix editor for over 27 years and never... have I ever come across a ‘first-time’ script... that can come within a light-year of equaling ‘What Can One Man Do?’ in professional slickness and comix know-how. ... Indeed, to equalize this thrilling experience, I must go back three decades when, as a literary agent, I sold the very first story of a young Ray Bradbury!" Though the initial grade was not amended, Maggin became a writer for DC.
During Maggin's time at Brandeis, he befriended the university's vice-president, meeting his family. During one of the meetings, the vice-president's stepson (and future comic book writer) Jeph Loeb suggested a story that would eventually be called "Must There Be a Superman?". Maggin used the idea, which became his initial foray into the Superman franchise, and it was published in Superman #247 (Jan. 1972). He wrote Green Arrow stories as well, where his sense of humor was allowed far more freedom in the loose dialogue of the main character.
Superman #300 (June 1976) featured an out-of-continuity story by Maggin and Cary Bates which imagined the infant Superman landing on Earth in 1976 and becoming a superhero in 2001. The tale was an inspiration for Mark Millar's Superman: Red Son limited series published in 2003. He was the initial writer of the Batman Family title and paired Batgirl and Robin together as a team in the first issue (Sept.-Oct. 1975) Maggin wrote a licensed Welcome Back, Kotter comic book series which was based on the popular ABC sitcom. His credits for Marvel Comics include an adaptation of The Iliad in Marvel Classics Comics #26 (1977), and two superhero tales, The Spectacular Spider-Man #16 (March 1978) and The Incredible Hulk #230 (Dec. 1978). The first issue of DC Graphic Novel featured an adaptation of the Star Raiders video game by Maggin and artist José Luis García-López.
Maggin wrote Superman #400 (Oct. 1984) which featured work by several popular comics artists including the only major DC work by Jim Steranko as well as an introduction by noted science-fiction author Ray Bradbury. Maggin's contributions to the DC Multiverse include Superboy-Prime and Lexcorp. His last Superman story, "...And We Are the Dreamers of the Dreams!", appeared in Superman #420 (June 1986) and he was one of the contributors to the DC Challenge limited series in that same year.
Maggin served as an editor for DC from 1989 to 1991 and oversaw the licensed TSR titles Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Avatar, Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, Gammarauders, and Spelljammer. He edited the Challengers of the Unknown limited series which was written by Jeph Loeb and drawn by Tim Sale.
Because comic book scripts tend to favor the exclamation mark as the punctuation of choice, Maggin routinely used it instead of a period. Out of habit, he once signed his own name "Elliot S! Maggin" and editor Julius Schwartz liked the distinctive rhythm of the name, insisting that Maggin's name henceforth be written that way. Explaining in an interview:
I got into the habit of putting exclamation marks at the end of sentences instead of periods because reproduction on pulp paper was so lousy. So once, by accident, when I signed a script I put the exclamation point after my 'S' because I was just used to going to that end of the typewriter at the time. And Julie saw it, and before he told me, he goes into the production room and issues a general order that any mention of Elliot Maggin's name will be punctuated with an exclamation mark rather than a period from now on until eternity.
In addition to the hundreds of stories Maggin wrote for the DC comics universe, he has written television scripts, stories for film, animation and journalistic pieces. Many of them have continued to show his allegiance to comic book characters. He wrote two Superman novels, Last Son of Krypton and Miracle Monday. He wrote the novelization of the graphic novel Kingdom Come based on the story by Mark Waid, and a novel featuring the Marvel mutant superhero team Generation X. He has occasionally sold scripts to non-print versions of superheroes, including Spider-Man (1994), X-Men (1992), and Batman: The Animated Series.
Besides his work in comics, he has received compensation for raising horses, skiing instruction, teaching at various high schools and colleges, writing stories for Atari video games, and working on websites. As of 2008, he had worked for several years as a developmental learning consultant for Kaiser Permanente.
In 1984, Maggin first ran for political office as a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district but was defeated in the Democratic primary. After the election, the campaign was the subject of a lawsuit brought by the Federal Election Commission, in which his campaign treasurer and the committee itself had to pay fines for failing to submit a 1984 quarterly report.
On May 21, 2007, Maggin announced that he would be running for the 2008 Democratic party nomination for California's 24th congressional district seat. On February 1, 2008, Maggin posted on the main page of his website that he had decided not to run after all, effectively ending his 2008 campaign. In an essay written the following day, he cited principally financial reasons for his withdrawal. It appears that at no point during this campaign did he ever officially file with the Federal Election Commission.
New Hampshire District 2 September 11, 1984 Democratic primary election result
|Elliot S. Maggin||4,710||33.00%|
|Carmen C. Chimento||3,554||24.90%|
|Judd A. Gregg[Note 1]||74||0.52%|
|Charles J. O'Shea (R)||18,645||60.65%|
|Elliot S. Maggin (D)||10,373||33.74%|
|Edward J. Brennan (Right to Life)||1,722||5.60%|
Several of his works of fiction are available exclusively online, including the short story Luthor's Gift and the novella Starwinds Howl, both of which take place in his Superman continuity. He has presented a novel-in-progress, Lancer, on his personal website.
In 1983, Maggin married Pamela King. The two subsequently divorced in 1988, though they re-married three years later in 1991. They were divorced again in 2011. The couple has two children together, Sarah and Jeremy Maggin.
Maggin is himself a character in the DC Universe. During the Bronze Age of Comic Books, Maggin was a known resident of Earth-Prime and a major character in Justice League of America issues #123 and #124. In the Modern Age of Comic Books, Maggin cameoed as Oliver Queen's campaign manager in 52 issue #24. This appearance references a term paper which had been awarded a B- at Brandeis University and was subsequently Maggin's first sale to DC, which posited Green Arrow's mayoral campaign in Star City.
Green Arrow was the character with whom I most identified.
DC launched Batman Family with its memorable debut of the Batgirl-Robin team. Scribe Elliot S! Maggin and artist Mike Grell unleashed 'The Invader From Hell'.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
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Other uses include:
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This is a list of dystopian comics.
20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa; the second half of the story is set in Japan after a former cult leader known only as "Friend" controls the entire world.
"The Age of Apocalypse" is an alternate reality of the X-Men. Attempting to kill the mutant Magneto in the past, before he can become a threat, the time-traveler Legion instead killed his own father, Charles Xavier, who took the shot to save his friend of that time. In this timeline, Magneto took the dream of Xavier for himself and started the X-Men, while the mutant Apocalypse created a dystopia where humans were destroyed. This dystopia would be erased from existence by a second time travel by Bishop, who prevented Legion from killing either Xavier or Magneto and so restored the usual Marvel continuity.
Akira, also set in a post-nuclear Tokyo, touches on themes like youth alienation and government corruption.
Alpha Girl, a comic about a group of survivors trying to survive a zombie apocalypse while working to save the brother of one of the group
American Flagg is a comic book series created by writer-artist Howard Chaykin, published by First Comics from 1983 to 1989. A science fiction series and political satire, it was set in the US, particularly Chicago, Illinois, in the early 2030s.
Appleseed by Masamune Shirow is a science fiction manga which combines elements of the cyberpunk and mecha genres with a heavy dosage of politics, philosophy, and sociology.
Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama follows a group of humans as they try to survive and prevent mankind's extinction from the terror of the Titans.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, a non-continuity tale by Frank Miller, portrays an aged Batman returning to fight crime in a dystopian Gotham City.
Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro
"Civil War" - The recent events in the Marvel Universe following this storyline dealing with the Superhuman Registration Act could be seen as dystopian, especially "Dark Reign", in which the supervillains are placed in positions of power.
"Days of Future Past" is a dystopian future of the X-Men, in which the Sentinels, robots entrusted with protecting the human race from the mutants, take control of all human society. This dystopia is erased by time-traveler Kitty Pryde, who goes back to the present and prevents the events that would lead to the dystopia.
Eden: It's an Endless World by Hiroki Endo is set in a near-future world where a biological agent has wiped out approximately 15% of the world's population, while leaving a much larger number crippled and traumatized. Political and religious upheaval drastically change the balance of power between nations and organized crime, with the two sometimes becoming indistinguishable.
Fist of the North Star, also known as Hokuto no Ken, shows a post-nuclear society in which people are threatened by gangs of bikers and violent martial art killers.
Ghost in the Shell
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Judge Dredd is set in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by megacities, like Mega-City One, policed by ruthless lawmen called Judges.
Marvel 2099 by various authors - The story spans several different books, taking place in a society ruled by a small group of Megacorporations and a corrupt religion known as the Church of Thor.
Marshal Law takes place in a post-earthquake San Francisco (called San Futuro) where rival gangs of "super heroes" terrorize the city and are hunted by a government-sanctioned vigilante.
The Nikopol Trilogy by Enki Bilal, consisting of La Foire aux Immortels (The Carnival of Immortals), La Femme Piège (The Woman Trap) and Froid Équateur (Cold Equator), tells of dystopian future Paris ruled by fascist dictatorship.
No. 6, based on the original novel series by Atsuko Asano
Ruins by Warren Ellis is the Marvel Universe in which the myriad experiments and accidents which led to the creation of superheroes in the mainstream world instead resulted in more realistic consequences: horrible deformities and painful deaths.
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Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis concerns a partially dystopian, postcyberpunk take on our world, some unspecified time from now. Nearly everyone lives in "The City," which is overrun with pollution and chaos.
The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys by Shaun Simon and Gerard Way serves as a sequel to My Chemical Romance's album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, and deals with a post-apocalyptic society controlled by a brainwashing corporation and the freedom fighters who attempt to save the world.
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore follows the exploits of the anarchist V and his struggle in a Britain ruled by a fascist party.
The Walking Dead depicts the story of a group of people trying to survive in a world stricken by a zombie apocalypse. It is influenced by George A. Romero's zombie movies and other works in zombie fiction.
Wanted by Mark Millar depicts a world ruled by supervillains.
Watchmen by Alan Moore depicts an alternate reality where masked heroes actually exist in American society, and how that affects the history of the twentieth century. The book is marked by a strong sense of alienation in a hostile society.
Y: The Last Man - almost all male mammals in the world have died except for lead character Yorick and his male monkey Ampersand.
Captain Confederacy (1986, and occasional tie-ins afterward) by Will Shetterly and Vince Stone.
Elseworlds: Batman: The Blue, the Grey and the Bat (1992) by Elliot S! Maggin and Alan Weiss.
Elseworlds: Batman: Detective No. 27 (2003) by Michael Uslan and Peter Snejbjerg
One issue of Supreme written by Alan Moore.Miracle Monday
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Miracle Monday tells the story of Superman trying to stop an entity of pure evil from causing universal chaos. The story introduces the time traveler Kristin Wells. The character later appeared in the Superman comics, both as herself and as Superwoman. The novel introduces the holiday Miracle Monday, which occurs annually on the third Monday of May. The holiday would also make an appearance in the Superman comics.Old Scratch
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Superboy-Prime (Clark Kent, born Kal-El), also known as Superman-Prime or simply Prime, is a DC Comics superhero turned supervillain, and an alternate version of Superman. The character first appeared in DC Comics Presents #87 (November 1985), and was created by Elliot S! Maggin and Curt Swan (based upon the original Superboy character by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster).
Superboy-Prime is from a parallel Earth called Earth-Prime that had no super-heroes. There, Superman and the other comic superheroes were fictional characters only seen in comic books. The Earth-Prime universe was erased during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, and Superboy-Prime ended up in a "paradise" dimension where during that time, he found himself unable to let go of his former life and destiny as Earth's greatest hero.
Over time, his convictions and morals become twisted and warped, and he came to believe that Earth-Prime is the only proper Earth and that Superboy-Prime was the only one worthy of the Superboy mantle. Prime firmly believes that being Superman is his calling despite the fact that he has become a psychotic and murderous villain. His overwhelming strength, speed, and ruthlessness make him one of the most dangerous foes in the DC Universe.
The name "Superman-Prime" was first used by Grant Morrison in DC One Million (1998) for the mainstream Superman in the 853rd century (he is essentially the same Superman from the All-Star Superman storyline). Earth-Prime's Superboy first refers to himself as "Superboy-Prime" in Infinite Crisis #2 (January 2006).Superwoman (Kristin Wells)
Kristin Wells is a comic book character, the secret identity of one version of DC Comics Superwoman. Created by Superman comic writer Elliot S. Maggin, Wells first appeared in Maggin's novel Superman: Miracle Monday (1981); he later introduced her into comics continuity as Superwoman.