Artist Search
   
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 

 Al (Alfred John) Plastino  (1921 - 2013)

About: Al (Alfred John) Plastino
 

Summary

Examples of his work

 
 

Quick facts

Exhibits - current  
 

Biography*

Museums  
 

Book references

Magazine references pre-2007  
 

Discussion board

Signature Examples*  
 
Buy and Sell: Al (Alfred John) Plastino
  For sale ads

Auction results*

 
  Wanted ads Auctions upcoming for him*  
  Dealers

Auction sales graphs*

 
 

What's my art worth?

Magazine ads pre-1998*  
 

Market Alert - Free

 
Lived/Active: New York      Known for: Superhero comic illustration, Batman and Superman

Login for full access
 
View AskART Services









*may require subscription

Available for Al (Alfred John) Plastino:

Quick facts (Styles, locations, mediums, teachers, subjects, geography, etc.) (Al Plastino)

yes

Biographical information (Al Plastino)

yes

Book references (Al Plastino)

2

Auction records - upcoming / past (Al Plastino)

17

Auction high record price (Al Plastino)

2/28/2008

Analysis of auction sales (Al Plastino)

yes

Discussion board entries (Al Plastino)

0

Image examples of works (Al Plastino)

16

Please send me Alert Updates for Al (Alfred John) Plastino (free)
What is an alert list?

Ad Code: 4
Al Plastino
from Auction House Records.
Action Comics #332 Superman Splash Page 1
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Following is The New York Times obituary of Al Plastino.

Al Plastino, 91, Dies; Drew Many Superheroes
By WILLIAM YARDLEY
Published: November 29, 2013
   
In the heyday of Superman comic books — the late 1940s through the 1960s — Al Plastino drew scores of issues, earning $50 per page as a freelancer for the publisher that became known as DC Comics. In the late ’50s he helped create new characters, including Supergirl, and the Legion of Super-Heroes, and he drew the syndicated Superman and Batman newspaper strips.

But in his telling, Mr. Plastino, who died on Monday at 91 in Patchogue, N.Y., took his greatest pride in a single special issue, Superman’s Mission for President Kennedy, which he began drawing in 1963, before Kennedy’s assassination. The story, conceived with the Kennedy White House, paired Superman and Kennedy as allies in promoting the president’s new physical fitness program.

The issue was not yet finished when the president was killed in Dallas that November, and DC initially decided to call it off. But after getting encouragement from the new administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson, the project went forward in revised fashion.

For the issue’s cover, Mr. Plastino drew a flying Superman looking toward a ghostly, larger-than-life image of the president looming over the Capitol dome, where a flag is at half-staff. Also on the cover was a note explaining the story behind its publication. The last page included another note: “The original art for this story will be donated to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, at Harvard University.”

For the next half-century, Mr. Plastino proudly told people that his drawings were in the library’s care. Then, in October, while attending Comic Con in New York, he was approached by a representative of Heritage Auctions who was excited to show him that Heritage had the original art and was preparing to sell it. The asking price was $20,000.

Mr. Plastino was confused. Was the auction house selling it to make money for the library? No, it turned out; Heritage said it was representing a private owner who had bought it at auction at Sotheby’s in 1993 for $5,000. A few phone calls established that the Kennedy Library had no record of the art’s ever having been in the collection. It remains unclear how it ended up in private hands.

“Al was just devastated,” said Dale Cendali, a lawyer who has worked with comic book artists and happened to be at the show.

Ms. Cendali, working pro bono, sued to get Heritage to disclose the identity of the seller. The company withdrew the art from sale and returned it to the consignor, but it has not disclosed the seller.

Ms. Cendali said in an interview that Mr. Plastino and his family had wanted the art to be available to the public through a museum or another organization, and that the family would consider dropping the case if the owner agreed to turn over the art.

“We’re hoping the consignor will do the right thing under the circumstances,” she said.

Alfred John Plastino was born on Dec. 15, 1921, in Manhattan and grew up in the Bronx. His mother died when he was 6. His father, who made hats and sold them from a store on Fifth Avenue, often dropped his son off at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where young Al would sketch Monets and Michaelangelos.

Mr. Plastino is survived by his wife of more than 55 years, the former Annmarie Perkins; a son, Fred; three daughters, Janice Iapaolo, Arlene Podlesny and MaryAnn Plastino-Charles, who confirmed the death; and six grandchildren.


** If you discover credit omissions or have additional information to add, please let us know at registrar@AskART.com.
  go to top home | site map | site terms | AskART services & subscriptions | contact | about us
  copyright © 2000-2014 AskART all rights reserved ® AskART and Artists' Bluebook are registered trademarks

  A |  B |  C |  D-E |  F-G |  H |  I-K |  L |  M |  N-P |  Q-R |  S |  T-V |  W-Z  
  frequently searched artists 1, 2, more...  
  art appraisals, art for sale, auction records, misc artists