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A cartoon strip starring Batman (circa 1960s) by (Credit: Handout)

A cartoon strip starring Batman (circa 1960s) by Long Island cartoonist Joe Giella of East Meadow.

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.

In his East Meadow home and studio, life
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

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)

Joe Giella, 84, of East Meadow, looks over
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Joe Giella, 84, of East Meadow, looks over one of his earlier works, a comic strip about Batman, which was published in 1967. (July. 12, 2012)

A long time friend of world-famous comic book
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A long time friend of world-famous comic book writer Stan Lee, Joe Giella, 84, of East Meadow has illustrated many of Lee's characters in a variety of comic books, included this Strength and Fitness Book, featuring exorcize tips and tricks from familiar superheroes and villains. (July. 12, 2012)

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In his East Meadow home and studio, life
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

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

A cartoon strip starring Batman (circa 1960s) by
(Credit: Handout)

A cartoon strip starring Batman (circa 1960s) by Long Island cartoonist Joe Giella of East Meadow.

Al Plastino, 90, of Shirley, is well known
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

Al Plastino, 90, of Shirley, is well known for his illustrations of comic icon Batman, which he started sketching and inking in the late 1960s. (July. 17, 2012)

Superman with the curly hair by Al Plastino.
(Credit: DC Comics/Al Plastino)

Superman with the curly hair by Al Plastino. He's a former Superman cartoonist who now lives in Shirley.

In his Shirley home studio, Illustrator Al Plastino,
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

In his Shirley home studio, Illustrator Al Plastino, 90, works on a sketch of Batman. A comic icon, he began sketching and inking in the late 1960's. (July. 17, 2012)

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