Hulk, by Herb Trimpe (1974)
Hulk (1974)

Herb Trimpe is a longtime Marvel artist who is best remembered for his work on 'The Incredible Hulk'. He joined Marvel in 1967, after a year in Vietnam and three years as a student at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He was hired by Stan Lee as a production assistant.

Shogun, by Herb Trimpe 1979
Shogun (1979)

Trimpe worked on several titles for the next three decades, mainly on 'Fantastic Four' and 'The Incredible Hulk'. During the 1970s, he illustrated several Marvel series based on Japanese figures, such as 'Shogun Warriors' and 'Godzilla'. He also pencilled titles like 'Nick Fury' and 'The 'Nam'.

The Incredible Hulk, by Herb TrimpeThe Incredible Hulk, by Herb Trimpe

In the 1980s he worked on licensed titles like 'Transformers' and especially 'G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero' and 'G.I. Joe Special Missions', as well as the 'Transformers-G.I. Joe' cross-over. Trimpe left Marvel in 1996, when his regular 'Fantastic Four' title was dropped.

G. I. Joe by Herb Trimpe
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1 (1/6/1982)

After leaving Marvel, Trimpe returned to college to finish his bachelor's degree. He later taught art at Eldred Central School for a period of two years. He has occasionally returned to comic book pencilling, such as 'BPRD: The War on Frogs' for Dark Horse in 2008. Trimpe's pencil work stood out for its surreal moodiness, but it stood or fell depending on the inker that was on the job. Working for Marvel from the late 1960s, Trimpe brought cinematic techniques to his comics as well as a certain "EC touch".

GI Joe/Transformers, by Herb TrimpeNick Fury, by Herb Trimpe

Last updated: 2012-09-05

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