Remembering Herb Trimpe on His Birthday, May 26

Today we are going to spend some time remembering the works and contributions of Herb Trimpe, a comic book artist and creator whose career spanned six decades.  Herb Trimpe was born May 26, 1939, and had he lived, today would’ve been his 82nd birthday.  Sadly, Mr. Trimpe passed away on April 13, 2015 at the age of 75. 

The comic book that launched a generation of new comic book readers: GI Joe #1
One of Herb Trimpe’s final cover credits: GI Joe #169 by IDW
Beautiful perspective on this nostalgic cover: Shogun Warriors #1

Herb Trimpe spent the majority of his comic book career working for Marvel Comics, with a few credits at publishers like Dark Horse, IDW and Image.  It was his career at Marvel, however, that has lived on with fans.  There’s no doubt that his most famous creation with comic book fans (along with Len Wein) is Wolverine, a character that first debuted in his long run on Incredible Hulk.  However, Mr. Trimpe created numerous other mainstay characters at Marvel, including: Psylocke, Doc Samson, Daimon Hellstrom, Wendigo, and my personal favorite Jarella. 

The first appearance of fan favorite Jarella: Incredible Hulk #140
One of the most instantly recognizable images in the history of comics: Incredible Hulk #181
A great comic book example of foreground, middle-ground, and background: What If #2

I wanted to take a few moments today just to showcase some of my personal favorite works of Herb Trimpe.  Please consider sharing any memories you have of his work in the comments section below.  It can be about a favorite comic book of his you fondly remember, or perhaps an interaction you had with him at a con.  Today is a day of remembrance and celebration.  Even if we don’t have Herb Trimpe with us anymore, his memory lives on in the works he created.

“The goal isn’t to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” – Chuck Palahniuk (novelist, and author of Fight Club)

Look at the composition and sense of action in this classic cover: Captain Britain #3
A master of motion: Daredevil #78
In my opinion his most underrated cover of his entire career: Indiana Jones #16
It wouldn’t be a list of Herb Trimpe greats without at least one Defenders cover: Defenders #73

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