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April 14, 2015

MARVEL ARTIST HERB TRIMPE GONE AT 75

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Well. I thought the last thing i’d be doing today would be posting an obituary for legendary Marvel artist Herb Trimpe. But word has just come down that the talented drafsman–who was the first artist to draw for publication the character Wolverine, passed away April 13. He was 75.

I had just returned from the East Coast Con in Secaucus, New Jersey this past week-end, where Mr. Trimpe was a featured guest. Little did i think fans would be saying good-bye to him so suddenly.

Herb was a key player in the Marvel boom of the late 1960s. The company had changed distributors and were racing to produce a dizzying number of books to flood the newsstands. Trimpe contributed covers, back-up stories and eventually landed the enviable assignment of drawing the Incredible Hulk for the better part of the 1970s.

I was not a huge fan of his work when it first appeared. I found it crude and rather rough. But Herb quickly improved and his work stood up to the best that the Marvel Bullpen was producing. He was especially motivated when working on a subject near and dear to his heart, like vintage aviation, with the Phantom Eagle series he created.

More than anything, Trimpe developed great storytelling skills. He could lay out an issue of The Hulk and it would read magnificently. As time went on, the artist took a more active role in plotting and story development.

We’ll miss Mr. Trimpe’s great work. For so many years he was ‘the’ Incredible Hulk artist. For many of his fans, he will always be!

 

 






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