Disputed JFK comic art is withdrawn from auction

NEW YORK (AP) - An auction house has withdrawn from sale the original artwork for a 1964 Superman comic book featuring President John F. Kennedy.

Heritage Auctions had hoped to sell the artwork Friday in California for an estimated $50,000. But its creator sued the Dallas-based firm Tuesday, seeking to disclose the seller's name.

Illustrator Al Plastino of Shirley, N.Y., believed "Superman's Mission for President Kennedy" had been donated to Boston's Kennedy Library decades ago. But last month he spotted it at New York Comic Con, where Heritage was exhibiting it.

Heritage says the seller purchased it at auction in 1993.

Plastino's attorney says DC Comics told his client the work would be donated to the library. The attorney says he believes it was stolen before that could happen.

DC Comics had no comment.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • They're Back
    Danny O'Neil says the Seahawks' defense has rediscovered its Super Bowl form

  • Holiday Map
    Find Christmas trees, Santa photos, and lights on the MyNorthwest Holiday Map
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.