Veteran comic book artist Al Plastino passed away Monday at the age of 91 after a long battle with prostate cancer. Plastino, drew Superman for years and co-created DC Comics characters Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes. At the time of his passing he had been locked in a messy squabble regarding the ownership of the original art he drew in 1964 for the famed Superman story about President John F. Kennedy.
“The story was written in collaboration with the Kennedy White House, but delayed upon his assassination in November 1963. At the urging of President Johnson, the comic was eventually published the following year, and Plastino’s original artwork was slated to be donated to the Kennedy Library in Boston. Controversy arose when the original artwork was found up for auction 50 years later — not in the library as originally planned.”
Before his death, Plastino reached out to his FaceBook fans telling them: “I do not want anyone to feel sorry for me. I just want the right thing done here and to be treated fairly.” Currently the auction has been removed from the schedule, but who knows what will eventually happen to the famous Kennedy comic. R.I.P Mr. Plastino.
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