Elliot S! Maggin grew up in the Fifties and Sixties in New York and New Jersey, and finished his formal education at Brandeis University in Boston where he was valedictorian of his undergraduate class, and at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He published his first story at 17 in a Boy Scout magazine and his first novel, the bestseller Superman: Last Son of Krypton, at 27. He worked as a freelance writer for many years for such publications as the Village Voice, the Colorado Daily, the Keene Sentinel, the Los Angeles Times and others. Notably, as principal writer of Superman for DC Comics in the Seventies and Eighties, he was responsible for setting moral and ethical standards for a generation of American kids.
Mr. Maggin has worked in political campaigns since he was very young. He has considered himself a Democrat since, as a six-year-old, he campaigned for Adlai Stevenson. In 1968 he co-authored the urban renewal policy of Democratic Congressman Allard Lowenstein. In 1984 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress himself in New Hampshire where he spent ten years teaching high school, raising horses, writing books and designing software for Atari. In New Hampshire he met Pamela King who was, at the time, the state tennis champion. They married in 1983 and their son Jeremy was born there the following year.
In 1990 the Maggins came to California where their daughter Sarah was born. Elliot continued to write for the publishing and entertainment industries. Pam has taught elementary school here for 16 years. Today Sarah is a high school student and Jeremy studies medicine in Boston. For the past several years Mr. Maggin has been Senior Learning Consultant at Kaiser Permanente while he has continued to write both fiction and non-fiction; he is quick to point out that he knows the difference between the two. His personal history as custodian for a time of an American legend earned him a special claim on the doctrine of Truth, Justice and the American Way, but he believes that every American has a right to these values and wishes all of us would claim them as our own.