In honor of legendary comic artist Al Plastino’s death, DC Entertainment has acquired his pages from Superman #170 (1964) and will donate them to the JFK Presidential Library.
The original artwork from Superman #170 featured a story were the recently assassinated President Kennedy left Superman one final mission. Plastino referred to it as his “greatest pride” and had thought that it had been donated to the JFK Library in Harvard. Unknown to him, it had actually been put to auction. Plastino only found out about it at this year’s New York Comic-Con, shortly before his death.
DC Entertainment released this statement:
Al Plastino was one of the most influential and prolific Superman artists of the 1950s and 1960s. His passing last month saddened the entire DCE family.
One of Plastino’s most recognizable pieces was a Superman story he illustrated that featured President John F. Kennedy titled “Superman’s Mission For President Kennedy.” 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.
Mr. Plastino’s wife, Annmarie, and Mr. Plastino’s 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.”