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DC acquires Al Plastino’s Superman art to give to Kennedy library

plastino-supermans missionFulfilling one of Al Plastino’s final wishes, DC Entertainment announced it has acquired his original art for the 1964 story “Superman’s Mission For President Kennedy” for donation to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

A prolific Golden Age artist who passed away Nov. 25 at age 91, Plastino was surprised to discover at New York Comic Con a month earlier that the pages hadn’t been given five decades earlier to the library, as he’d been led to believe, but were instead set to be sold at auction on the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. The seller had purchased the pages in 1993 at a Sotheby’s auction for $5,000.

Plastino, who spent the last weeks of his life campaigning for the return of the artwork — Heritage Auctions put the sale on hold until questions about ownership could be resolved — drew the story in 1963 for DC Comics to promote Kennedy’s physical fitness program. The issue was intended to go on sale in late November but was quickly pulled following the assassination, and other material substituted. President Lyndon Johnson’s staff later asked DC to publish the original, which was edited to add a commemorate page showing Superman saluting a ghostly image of Kennedy.

In a joint statement, Plastino’s wife Annmarie and children MaryAnn, Fred, Janice and Arlene said:  “We are extremely grateful to DC Entertainment for ensuring that the original art Al Plastino created for ‘Superman’s Mission for President Kennedy’ will be preserved as part of his artistic legacy and as a tribute to President Kennedy. This art was always very, very special to Al and our whole family and it would have meant a great deal to Al to know that DC Entertainment stepped in to make this possible.”

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Good one DC. That’s nice to see.

DC is bad stories accumulate 35,413,546,843,213,545 comments. DC does something good story gets 2 comments. Thanks for the positivity internet!

I agree that when something bad happens everyone has something to say but when theres good in the world not a single word. So typical! Nevertheless, it great to see that the art has finally made its way to the wishes of its master. This art was and will always be special as it gives me great joy that it will be forever preserved in honor of our late President Kennedy.

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