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Mr. Saunders said that as far as he could tell, the painting disappeared after Donenfeld retired in 1957. All that remained, he said, was a single color snapshot. He said that that photograph had served as the basis for a cover of a "limited collector's edition Superman comic" in the mid-1970s.
"The image that existed was very low quality," he said. "I called DC and asked them and their archivist if they could help me find a high-quality original. They said the painting had been lost for over 50 years. The only thing that exists is an amateur color snapshot."
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