Preview: American Ace: Joe Foss, Fighter Pilot

posted on May 11, 2024
American Ace: Joe Foss, Fighter Pilot

Before Joe Foss found fame as an NRA president, South Dakota governor, AFL commissioner and television host, he was famous as one of the leading fighter aces of World War II.

Now, with its unique construction and rich illustrations, Hector Curriel’s American Ace: Joe Foss, Fighter Pilot provides a new angle on Foss’ early years and his military service.

Across nine chapters and 126 pages, the graphic novel gives readers a stylized glimpse into Foss’ life, from his childhood on a South Dakota farm to the crowning moment when he received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

For NRA members, the first chapter is especially poignant, as it depicts illustrations of a young Foss learning the basics of safe and responsible firearm handling from his father, details drawn from Foss’ reminiscences.

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