Herb Trimpe: 1939 – 2015 by Jerry Whitworth
On April 13th, the comic book world lost another of its legends. Herb Trimpe, best known for his work on the Incredible Hulk, passed away. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, Trimpe was a childhood fan of the comic book medium and broke into the industry while attending school assisting with inks at Dell Comics. Following four years in the Air Force, he went to work for Marvel where he transitioned from working in production to inking to becoming a fixture as a penciller.
Known for his reliability and hard work ethic, Trimpe applied his pencil to virtually every major character at the company in some capacity. His most notable work was his run on the Incredible Hulk, replacing Marie Severin to produce an 85 issue run which included the first appearance of the character Wolverine.
Trimpe also became something of the go-to artist for licensed properties working on Shogun Warriors, Indiana Jones, U.S. 1, and Transformers. However, among this type of work, his runs on Godzilla and G.I. Joe are arguably his most notable.
Following Marvel’s bankruptcy, Trimpe returned to school and earned a master’s degree, becoming a teacher. Yet, Trimpe continued to work in comics, recently applying his craft to B.P.R.D. and Savage Dragon. A strong advocate of the Hero Initiative, including contributing to Hero Initiative: The Uncanny X-Men 100 Project last year, the artist’s family has asked for donations to that cause in lieu of flowers.