I’m pretty sure this was the very first super-hero novel I ever read. I’m not counting the first Phantom or Flash Gordon books that were out a few years earlier, since they were comic strip characters. Soon after this, I started reading the more plentiful Marvel Comics novels that were out for a few years and then dried up as interest waned. But this was the first for me. And a good novel by any point of view.
Elliot S. Maggin was a perfect choice as author, being the prolific comic book writer that he is; All the characters are captured perfectly from their comic book incarnations. Even the retroactive addition that Maggin makes to the Superman mythos is handled smoothly, and makes you wish that writers of his caliber were still handling the Man of Steel’s comic books today. And that this particular Man of Tomorrow was still actually being written about.
Last Son of Krypton is an interesting look at Superman’s origins, as well as being a very readable mystery/science fiction tale. Definitely worth an afternoon of your time!