In 1964, artist Al Plastino drew a comic book called “Superman’s Mission for President Kennedy,” with a ghostly image of JFK on the cover. But what happened to the original artwork for the comic book was something of a mystery. Not anymore.
After Plastino died in November on Long Island at the age of 91, DC Comics announced it had obtained Plastino’s original artwork and would donate it to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.
The artwork was going to be auctioned off in Beverly Hills this year when Plastino asked his fans on his Facebook page to help him get the work back. “They will not return it to me or tell me who the consigner is,” Plastino wrote on Facebook.
At the last minute, however, Heritage House pulled the artwork from its auction.
In a statement after Plastino’s death, DC Comics said: “Al Plastino was one of the most influential and prolific Superman artists of the 1950s and 1960s. Among Plastino’s final wishes was for the original art for the story to be displayed at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, MA. As a tribute to honor him and preserve his artistic legacy, DC Entertainment is pleased to confirm that we have acquired the art and will be donating it to the JFK Library, fulfilling Plastino’s longtime hope for the story, which he often pointed to as one of his most important artistic contributions.”
Plastino’s family released its own statement: “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.”
A spokesperson for the JFK library could not be reached regarding the status of the artwork or when it will be displayed.