A genuine Franz Stigler matted signature on a display card featuring a color illustration of Stigler's Bf-109 is included with the Artist's Proof, Publisher Proof and Special Edition Digital Archive Package.
The Artist's Proofs, Publisher Proofs and Special Edition Digital Archival Packages also include a Franz Stigler mini-portrait by John Shaw and a custom-embroidered JG-27 "Dancing Bear" squadron patch!
The Publisher Proofs and Special Edition Digital Archival Packages also include the 20" wide duotone companion print "Long First Mission - Ye Olde Pub Returns Home".
The Special Edition Digital Archival Package prints includes a PRINTED remarque in the lower border.
All editions Include an informative color Certificate of Authenticity containing photos and interesting historical info on the scene depicted & the painting itself.
The Archival Paper Giclée edition has the same dimensions as the lithograph edition, but is printed on a beautiful satin paper.
The Artist's Proof includes the following:
• Certificate of Authenticity
• ORIGINAL FRANZ STIGLER AUTOGRAPH from an autograph session in 2000.
• Display Card with signature window featuring color illustration of Stigler’s Bf-109
• Custom-embroidered JG-27 “Dancing Bear” squadron patch
• Franz Stigler mini-portrait by John Shaw to accompany the squadron patch
The Publisher Proof Includes all of the items included with the Artist Proof edition, plus:
A beautiful 20” wide duotone companion print “LONG FIRST MISSION- Ye Olde Pub Returns Home”, a black & sepia concept illustration by artist depicting Charlie Brown’s battered B-17 after it has miraculously made it back to England.
The Special Edition Digital Archival Package Includes all of the Items included with the Publisher Proof edition, however, it is a digitally-printed, satin-finish archival paper giclée with a PRINTED REMARQUE by John Shaw in the border which depicts Stigler’s “White 2" escorting Ye Olde Pub to safety.
About the scene....
December 1943... The stricken B-17F Ye Olde Pub of Charles L. Brown and crew nearly met disaster follow- ing a bomb run over Bremen, Germany. Wrestling the Pub out of its death-dive, Brown had no way of know- ing he’d leveled out above a fighter base at which ace Franz Stigler’s Bf-109 had just been refueled & armed. As the American bomber limped overhead, Stigler and crew watched in amazement & excitement as this easy prey would be not only the 2nd B-17 he could claim that day, and add another ‘kill’ to avenge his beloved brother he‘d lost at the start of the war, but also would earn him the coveted Knight’s Cross. It was not to be... Upon Pursuing & catching the Americans, Stigler saw the pain & fear on the faces of the helpless B-17 crew. Conscience and a sense of honor overroad his military duty, and at the risk of his own execution, he escorted the wounded plane to the coast and on to safe passage, saluting Brown and his astonished crew. Half a century later the 2 pilots would meet, and the former enemies would develop a friendship so close that Stigler would come to consider Brown to be as the brother he’d lost.
Signature included with Artist's Proof, Publisher's Proof and Special Digital Archival Package: