When Miracle Monday first introduced its Superman comic

Today, we take a look at when Superman’s holiday, Miracle Monday, made its debut in DC’s actual comic book world.

In “When We First Met,” we shine a light on various characters, phrases, objects, or events that eventually become notable parts of comic heritage, like the first time someone said, “Avengers Assemble!” Or the first appearance of a giant Batman shark or the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth or the first time the face of a half-Spidy/half-Peter Spider-Man appeared. things like that.

Today is the third Monday in May, which means that the holiday focused on Superman, Miracle Monday, is celebrated. Holiday first appeared outside the world of comic books, but eventually made its way into the DC Universe. So let’s take a look at when this happens.

What is the Monday miracle?

When Superman The movie came out, Warner Books did something genius. Instead of just doing a narration for the movie, they instead had the Elliot S! Majin, a famous comic book writer who has been writing Superman comics since the early 1970s, has made a Superman related but not explicit novel. The last sons of Krypton It had a Christopher Reeve cover and everything, but it wasn’t directly related to the movie outside of the fact that it was, you know, a book about Superman.

One amusing aspect of this novel is that it first appeared in the title “The Last on Krypton” for Superman, which has become a popular description of the Man of Steel. As it turned out, Maggin was trying to get it Superman Julius Schwartz editor allowed him to use the term “Last Son of Krypton” in the comics, but Schwartz kept telling him no. So Majin will try similar names, like…

The Giant of Krypton…

The Crusader of Krypton…

And the last survivor of Krypton (this was the closest that came to the “Last Son of Krypton”…

And when he had the opportunity to write his novel, Schwartz couldn’t tell him to refuse, because Warner Books was out of Schwartz’s control, so he went with her, Magen, and a famous nickname was born!

Anyway, l Superman IIWarner Books has taken that approach again, with Maggin writing the iconic novel, Monday miracle.

The book was reworked a few years ago…

The book was about Professor Dr. Kristen Wells, going back in time to discover how the holiday (Miracle Monday) was founded. At the beginning of the novel, we learn how the holiday was celebrated in the future:

On Miracle Monday, the human spirit was released. This miraculous Monday came, like the first miracle of Monday, in the spring of Metropolis, and for this occasion the spring rite was arranged wherever the dominion of humanity stretched. On the satellites of Uranus where the indigenous people made an annual sleigh of mist through the rings of the planets, special contributions even made it possible to place the orbital gravitational fields of viewers in free space. On Titan, oxygen bubbles were broken up in intricate patterns to catch fire with the methane atmosphere and make fireworks that were visible all the way to Saturn’s surface. At Nix Olympica, an eight-kilometre-high Martian volcano, underground pressures built up by the resort company Olympica over the previous year were artificially released in a stunning display of molten rage of tourists who walked around the crater of the erupting volcano wearing energy-compressed shields. In Armstrong’s Sea of ​​Tranquility on the Moon, there was a three-dimensional re-enactment of the city’s founding in 2019, when the First Man on the Moon on the 50th anniversary of his giant leap of mankind returned, old and venerable, to what was then called the Base of Tranquility Reserve, carrying a charter The mandate signed by the President of the United States. Inflated prices for ski lift tickets in Neptune for the holiday. Teleport routes to beaches and mountains on Earth are incredibly crowded. The interplanetary wilderness reserves have become almost as crowded with people as the cities of Earth. Aboard slow-moving orbiting ships carrying ores and fossil materials on slowly decaying rings of asteroids towards the sun, team members participated until they couldn’t see. In the nameless worlds scattered throughout this corner of the galaxy, where missionaries, pioneers, and speculators on Earth carried their own tasks, it was a day for friends, family, entertainment and — if it brought happiness — thought.

The novel reveals how the holiday came about, and it’s so wonderful that I won’t spoil it for you. Just go and enjoy it yourself! If you’re interested, Elliot S! Majin has already made an audio version of the novel in his podcast, Elliot makes things!

When did MIRACLE MONDAY make its way into Superman comic books?

Miracle Monday was released in 1981. Two years later, we met Kristen Wells again DC Comics Annual Presents #2 (by Elliot S! Maggin, Keith Pollard, Mike DeCarlo), when she teaches her class a lesson about the last secret identity unknown to future folks…

the hero known as Superwoman!

Some of her class students have noticed that many of the superwoman’s powers can be replicated through modern technology (well, modern to them, you know?). Then they tell Wells that she must go back in time and investigate again. I’ve done it before, so why not again?

So she knows it, and if you know anything about anything, you’ll know who ends up being a superwoman.

A year later, Superman celebrated the 400th anniversary of his solo series, and Majin and artist Klaus Jansson finally showed that Miracle Monday celebrated him in the comics (in the far future)…

Of course, these are cartoons, this celebration has a special visitor …

Superman himself, lost in time!

What a delightful little anecdote and a great way to celebrate Superman’s anniversary while also working on the now famous holiday in the actual comic book world as well.

If anyone else wants to know an interesting comic book first, just email me at brianc@cbr.com!

Happy Miracle Monday!

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