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January 3, 2014

100 Comics Positives For 2013: Al Plastino's JFK-Related Superman Art Ends Up In JFK Library


This was a nice ending to an odd and at-times unfortunate story. The veteran comics artist Al Plastino, a workhorse at DC Comics in the 1950s and 1960s, believed that art he drew for a Superman story that featured President Kennedy was to be donated to the JFK Memorial Library, due in great part to the unfortunate timing of that story vis-a-vis Kennedy's assassination. In the months before Plastino's passing, he had publicly objected to whatever sequence of events had led to this not happening, as it was discovered his art was not with the Library but in private hands. DC announced mid-December that it had acquired those pages and had donated them, per the now deceased's artist's original wish. It's a little heartbreaking there was any story here in the first place, but I was grateful for its conclusion.
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