Back in October, we reported on this story, in which legendary Superman artist Al Plastino was upset because his artwork for a special Superman and JFK story, which was supposed to have been donated 50 years ago to the JFK Museum in Boston, turned up at an auction from a private collector. It was unknown how the art, which was left in DC's care with the promise it would end up in the museum, ended up in private hands, but the museum confirmed they had never received it. Read the link for the full story.
At the end of the day, we had an obvious suggestion for DC to make things right:
But hey, there's no need to be negative. DC could make this all better, and score a PR win in the process, by simply buying the pages from the current owner and giving them to Plastino, preferably for a much lower price than $200,000, since you don't want to be a douchebag either, do you, current owner. Ball's in your court, DC and anonymous wealthy comic book art owner.
Unfortunately, Al Plastino passed away on November 25th, but today, DC announced that they have acquired the artwork and will make sure it gets to the museum this time. Some will undoubtedly point out that DC's statement fails to mention their own culpability in the distress caused to Plastino in his final days and misrepresents the chain of events, but honestly, the press release was not the time or place for that sort of thing, we guess. We're just glad to see that DC did the right thing here and honored Plastino's wishes.
Here's their 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."