STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES #138 (1968)
JOE KUBERT

This is the face of war according to Joe Kubert and Robert Kanigher. As depicted on this classic cover, German WWI ace Rittmeister Hans Von Hammer is first and foremost a man, not an instrument of government. Here he is humanized not only through Kanigher's story, but through Kubert's subtle and quiet portrayal of him as a man who hates war, only doing war's bidding because it is his duty. The strong design of this cover--with a blood-red diagonal cut across the brooding, monochromatic specter of the Enemy Ace set against a black background--is a powerful and stark reminder that death looms large for those engaged in the business of war.

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