Elliot S. Maggin has written stories about his heroes - both real and made-up ones - since he was very young. He started publishing them at sixteen, when a boys' magazine accepted his time travel story about Winston Churchill and the Boer War. He has written at least five hundred comic book stories, including serving, on and off, as a principal writer of Superman comics from 1971 until 1986. He has written television, film, animation, journalism, speeches and technical manuals, and designed software games. Kingdom Come is his fifth novel.
Mr. Maggin has also raised horses, run for public office, taught at various high schools and colleges and spent several winters skiing to excess. If he had not become a writer and still managed to escape law school, he would probably have been a cowboy. He is the father of two and the husband of one. Like many of the characters whose company he enjoys best, he has grave primal doubts and knows very little for certain, but he essentially believes in everything. Even you.This entry uses material from the liner notes of the novel adaptation of Kingdom Come
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Elliot S! Maggin is a favorite creator of 8 usersNotes:"In all my years as a comic book editor, I have never come across a 'first time' script that came within a light-year of equaling Elliot S! Maggin's 'first time' comic book script. Indeed, to equalize this thrilling experience, I must go back to the early 1940s when, as a literary agent, I sold the very first story of a young Ray Bradbury."
Maggin is almost universally credited with an exclamation point at the end of his middle initial, and, indeed, it is the way he currently prefers to be known on his personal website.
"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." (http://superman.nu/esm/#interviews)
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