BOOK – THE BLUE MAX – JACK D. HUNTER – FIRST EDITION.
The Blue Max by Jack D. Hunter was a highly-successful, WW I-aviation novel. It was made into a hit movie featuring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress in the mid-1960’s. For many of us interested in WW I aviation, it was the book and/or movie that fueled our interest in this area of Imperial German history and collectibles.
Today we are offering a hard-to-find first edition of The Blue Max. Since it was Jack’s first book, his publishers were willing to print ONLY 5,000 copies. Furthermore, they refused to produce the book’s dust jackets in color, since they would have to pay an artist to produce the design. Jack, an amateur artist, offered to paint an original color design for the cover himself, which provides an early example of Jack’s painting ability. The cover’s primary subject is a black Fokker D. VII, the plane flown by its central character, Bruno Stachel. [In real life, Eduard Ritter von Schleich, the “Black Knight of Germany” flew a similar plane, although it lacked the crude epithet Jack had his edgy antihero Stachel emblazon on HIS plane’s upper wing (all the better to agitate Stachel’s English opponents).
The book and dust cover are in fine condition.
[SPECIAL OFFER: purchase either Jack D. Hunter’s original painting Fokker D.VII Shooting Down a British S.E.5, SKU# 16-400 for $1,676.00, or the original Stachel Takes a Prisoner, SKU#, 14-461 for $1,995.00, and
we will gift you this book. I commissioned the latter painting from Jack. It features action from both the book AND the movie. It is custom-framed. Both paintings are quite interesting and aptly display the late Jack D. Hunter’s amazing artistry].