Superman fans have been saddened to learn of the death of legendary artist Al Plastino. He was one of Superman's regular artists in the 50's and 60's, drawing regularly for DC's Superman and Action Comics.
Photo credit: Al Plastino FacebookPlastino's name may not be familiar to you. However, you're certain to recognize the names of the iconic characters he co-created with writer Otto Binder... Superboy, Supergirl, Brianiac and the Legion of Superheroes. He also drew for the daily Superman and Batman newspaper strips.
Photo credit: Action Comics #252 (Supergirl's 1959 debut) Art by Al PlastinoOne of Plastino's most recognized works is Superman #170. It was a special edition comic book called, "Superman's Mission for President Kennedy". The comic encouraged kids to be physically fit. The Kennedy comic book project was put on hold following the president's assassination. However, DC eventually released the comic at the urging of President Johnson.
Photo credit: Superman #170 (splash page art by Al Plastino)
Plastino's artwork from the comic was supposed to be donated to the Kennedy library. However, he was stunned and saddened recently to learn the art had been privately acquired and was set to go to auction. At the time of this writing, the controversy continues and the ownership of the artwork is unknown.
Plastino died last week of prostate cancer. He was 91.
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