Miracle Monday

Miracle Monday
Author Elliot S. Maggin
Country United States
Language English
Genre Superhero fiction
Publisher Warner Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 205 pp (first edition paperback)
ISBN 0446911968 (first edition paperback)
Preceded by Superman: Last Son of Krypton

Miracle Monday is a novel written by Elliot S. Maggin, starring the DC Comics superhero Superman. It was published in 1981.

Miracle Monday tells the story of Superman, trying to stop an entity of pure evil from causing universal chaos. This is Elliot S. Maggin's second Superman novel, following Superman: Last Son of Krypton. 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.

Plot summary

In the story, Samael, the ruler of Hell, sends his greatest agent of evil, C. W. Saturn, to Earth, to destroy Superman morally. Saturn is able to enter our dimension thanks to Lex Luthor having used a form of magic to escape prison, leaving a 'hole' between worlds. At the same time, Kristin Wells, a journalism student from the far future, uses time travel technology to arrive in the present, for the purpose of finding out the origin of the holiday known as Miracle Monday, of which only the known fact is somehow connected to Superman. She infiltrates Clark Kent's circle of friends by becoming Lois Lane's assistant. Unfortunately, because she does not belong in the present, Saturn is able to possess her. Saturn then proceeds to cause worldwide havoc, taunting Superman that the only way for him to stop it would be by killing its hostthus making him break his vow against killing. Saturn even reveals Superman's secret identity to the world, to further drive him into desperation.

Ultimately, however, Superman refuses to kill Kristin, even if it means he would have to spend the rest of his life battling Saturn. At that moment, because of the rules that bind demons, Saturn is defeated, and forced to grant Superman a wish. He asks that everything that happened since Saturn's arrival be undone, and it is granted, with Saturn then being banished back to Hell. However, a lingering memory of the events remained within the souls of humanity, causing them to begin celebrating the day every year, on the third Monday of May, starting the Miracle Monday tradition. Kristin then returns to the future to reveal this fact to the public.

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