A gesture, right around a seasons greetings period, by one institution housing an invaluable legend to another memorializing its own endurable legendary, from DC Entertainment - at a time when it was just scant beyond a two weeks frame from the just past Dec. 25 - made the donation of one Superman issue to the Massachusetts-localed John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
The particular Superman edition, a title having a veteran dynasty showcasing the early adventures of Superman, was a 1964 issue with a release date that was pushed back due to its arrival time around the death of the 35th U.S. President, John F. Kennedy.
The presidential likeness found within issue #170 was drawn by a frontrunning artist having publication credits inside a swathing catalogue of Superman and affiliate titles lining the Last Son of Krypton bibliography. A New York City-native, Plastino has been a co-founder in the creation of canon characters Supergirl and the introduction of the Legion of Superheroes founding superheroes Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl and Cosmic Boy.
Al Plastino passed away at 91 in Nov. of this year.
Out of the profuse selections from Plastino's Superman artistry the original artwork for "Superman's Mission For President Kennedy" chaptered Superman edition was among the wishes of the late perennial comics artist.
Boston's John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is the artwork's receiver after the prints had been missing for years, and then rediscovered by Plastino. The original drawings were about to go for auction. The comics legend went to his fans via Facebook and they helped implore Heritage not to auction off the pieces, to instead to have an arrangement for them to be returned to their penner.
Al Plastino is survived by Annmarie, his wife, and children: MaryAnn, Janice Arlene; the family released this statement through DC Entertainment's press announceement:
"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."
DC Entertainment has sent the donated works, where the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will announce when the 170th issue of Superman will be unveiled.