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The Red Baron


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Writer and artist WAYNE VANSANT (Mableton, GA), who served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam, was the primary artist for Marvel's The 'Nam for more than five years and has since written and illustrated many other historically accurate books. He is one of the foremost writer-artists working in military-themed graphic nonfiction today. His most recent graphic novels for Zenith Press include Normandy (2012), Gettysburg (2013), Grant vs. Lee (2013), Bombing Nazi Germany (2013), and The Red Baron (2014).


"Wayne Vansant profiles and brings back to life one of combat aviation's greatest legends, Manfred von Richthofen "better known as the Red Baron "in a graphic history that will surely entertain both young and old alike. This illustrated biography also highlights the exploits of many other combat pilots, German and Allied, and is as educational and entertaining for students as for adults. . . . The fighter pilots of the First World War set the benchmark for later generations of pilots. Twenty years later, in an even greater world war, their legacy of conduct, chivalry, honor, innovation, and success would be remembered, even revered, by another generation of young men who would once again fly, fight, and die in hostile European skies. Other heroes would emerge, but the Red Baron will always stand alone." - Colin D. Heaton, historian and author of The German Aces Speak and The Me 262 Stormbird
The Red Baron by Wayne Vansant is more than a gripping graphic biography of Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the greatest ace of World War I. Vansant has not only done a remarkable job in telling the story of the Red Baron, he has presented an insightful account of the development of combat aviation, and his depictions of aerial actions are absolutely thrilling. But as important visually as they are, his real achievement is in going beyond the exciting dogfights. He rounds out the story with remarkable diligence, revealing the men behind the pilots and the importance of the aircraft that they flew. The Red Baron is an exceptional addition to the historiography of World War I and combat aviation. Bravo! - Dwight Jon Zimmerman, award-winning and New York Times best-selling military history author
The Red Baron takes you into the cockpit of Manfred von Richthofen's blood-red Fokker and hurls you into aerial duels in a way made possible only in a graphic history. This legendary story of men who flew with the wind in their wires will stay with you long after you savor Wayne Vansant's words and illustrations. - Robert F. Dorr, USAF (ret.), historian and author of Fighting Hitler's Jets

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