The home and studio of a cartoonist known for his illustrations of Batman and Superman is on the market in Shirley for $399,000.
The Cape-style home served as the longtime residence of Al Plastino, an artist for DC Comics, who worked on Superman from 1948 to 1968 and Batman in the late 1960s. He was also co-creator of Supergirl and drew an early version of Lois Lane.
Built in 1967, the home on Pine Tree Drive, near both Great South Bay and ocean, has been in the Plastino family ever since. The artist lived with his family at the house from 1968 until his death at 91 in 2013, drawing his comics in a small shed on the property that was converted into a working studio for the artist.
"It still is exactly the same way as it was from when he was working in there," says Janet Piccarillo of Coldwell Banker M&D Good Life, who is listing the home with Vincent Piccarillo. "When you walk in you can actually smell the turpentine."
The 1,600-square-foot home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, timber oak floors and a paneled sunroom. Recent updates include a new roof, siding, kitchen floor, bathroom fixtures, interior paint, and restored wood floors. The house is in the William Floyd School District and annual property taxes are $8,029.
Growing up with a dad who was exceedingly popular in the community was very special, says Plastino's daughter MaryAnn Plastino-Charles, 63, who lives in New Jersey and is a broadcast network creative director.
"There’s not a lot of famous people or people who have a lot of notoriety in Shirley," she says.
Her multi-faceted father planned out much of the house, adding custom windows and a porch of his own design. "He designed war planes for World War II; he did war posters; he did some industrial design," Plastino-Charles says.
The artist became acquainted with the area through his father, who owned a home next door to the house he’d eventually build.
"My mother liked going to beach because we were so close by," says Plastino-Charles. "We were a half a block from the bay and we could walk to the ocean."