Our friend Michael Netzer reports the following terrible information, which we’re passing on to you, unfiltered:
Nassau County detectives are investigating the recent disappearance of artwork from the home of Joe Giella (age 84), an artist best known for his work at Marvel and DC Comics. The main suspect is Neal Cino of Brooklyn, NY.
Cino had allegedly been barred in 2010 from visiting the home and hospital room of artist Gene Colan after artwork went missing. Cino was warned repeatedly by Colan family members to leave the ailing artist alone but allegedly did not comply until law enforcers became involved.
Cino approached Giella as a fan, then began bringing him small gifts and taking the elderly comic artist to lunch. Once he gained the artist’s confidence, he was invited into the Giella home and then began visiting frequently.
The artwork that was stolen from the Giella home includes:
“Menace of the Man Missile”, pages 1 and 9. Pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Joe Giella
“Castle with Wall to Wall Danger” pages 7 and 8. Pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Joe Giella
Green Lantern/Green Arrow #107 cover. Pencils by Joe Staton, inks by Joe Giella
The artwork stolen from the Colan home included large, poster-sized drawings of Star Wars characters.
If you have any information, contact Detective John O’Connor, Nassau County Police Dept., at 516-573-6353.