April 14, 2015

Comics legend Herb Trimpe passes away

He drew the first appearance of a certain Wolverine in a comicbook -- Hulk #181 (technically #180, really).

Herb's run on Hulk was legendary.

R.I.P., Herb.

Posted by Hube at April 14, 2015 01:09 PM | TrackBack

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I remember Trimpe from his very first work on Phantom Eagle, and then the beginning thirty or so issues on Hulk. In the early days his style was dynamic but often crude in terms of faces (and he really needed either John Severin or Dan Adkins as an inker to cover up his worst gaffes), but he emerged later as a genuine graphic storyteller in the Jack Kirby/Marie Severin mold.

He was also a good guy in general. I wrote him a piece of fan mail in the late 1970s and he answered it with a 2 or 3 paragraph letter. That was pretty unusual in those days.

Recently he had hit hard times and was selling sketches to order on eBay for what amounted to a pittance.

Posted by: Steve Newton at April 17, 2015 04:45 PM

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