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In his East Meadow home and studio, life
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In his East Meadow home and studio, life long illustrator Joe Giella, 84, touches up some of his old sketches, this one being from the story of Batman. (July. 12, 2012)(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

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Long Islanders who made heroes super

Joe Giella and Al Plastino always knew that the superheroes they drew nearly 50 years ago — Spider-Man, Batman, Superman and numerous others — had powers far beyond those of mortal men. They just never imagined one of those powers would be the ability to grow stronger as the years went on to become such explosive forces in movies, on television and even at convention halls.