Herb Trimpe (1939 – 2015)

Photo by Luigi Novi

Herb Trimpe known for his work in the 1970s on The Incredible Hulk and in the 1980s on G.I. Joe Special Missions and Transformers, has passed away at the age of 75. Trimpe was a Marvel quota artists, which meant his work was seen almost constantly in the 1970s and 1980s. Following Marvel’s bankruptcy, Trimpe was one of many artists that went and reinvented themselves, with Trimpe getting his degree and teaching at  Eldred Central School in Sullivan County, New York (source), before returning to work in comics in the late 2000’s

Trimpe also has the distinction of being the first artist to draw Wolverine for publication in the character’s first appearance in The Incredible Hulk #180 (October 1974). While John Romita Sr. designed the first look for Wolverine, it was Trimpe who got to put the Canadian super-hero into action and make the design work, making a diminutive character with claws look like he could stand his own with giants like the Hulk and Wendigo.

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