It's a well-documented fact that the character of Superman has undergone many shifts over the decades.
In 1978, Elliot S! Maggin's first Superman novel The Last Son of Krypton was published. Now, you might be looking at that timeline (or the cover art from the book) and thinking to yourself "Oh, this is the novelization of the first Richard Donner Superman film." Don't be fooled - this is an entirely different version of the Superman tale! Some quick examples:
Johnathan and Martha Kent were selected by Albert Einstein (traveling in disguise under the name "Calvin Eisner") as the couple most fit to raise the incoming Kryptonian child
In the novel, Clark Kent is a television anchor, rather than an investigative reporter at a newspaper.
Clark and Lois not only do not work together, but there's no indication of any kind of romantic entanglement between them (although Superman, obviously, still regularly rescues Lois from certain doom.)
However, around the same time as he must have been working on drafts of the novel, Maggin was also getting Story and Writer credits from DC Comics for Superman.
Unfortunately, it's a bit hard to track down reasonably priced copies of issues of Superman from that period, so my question is: Which elements, if any, from Maggin's novelization which would have been a mirror of what was going on in the then-current iteration of the Superman character in the DC comics world?
Note: One obvious correlation between the novels and LATER issues of the Superman comic have to do with
Superman's experience in the afterlife, where he faces a version of heaven and is told that he has a unique - or at least RARE - opportunity to choose whether or not he ever wants to die. This was later used by DC Comics during the "Death and Return of Superman" storyline in the 1990's in Adventures of Superman Volume 1 #500,
but this does NOT fit the question, as it happened in the comics almost 20 years after it appeared in the novel. I am looking for parallels that would have been around the same period.