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. His first pencil artwork appeared in the western comic books 'Kid Colt, Outlaw' and 'Rawhide Kid'.
Trimpe worked on several titles for the next three decades, mainly on 'The Incredible Hulk', but also on other superhero titles like 'Fantastic Four', 'Iron Man' and 'Defenders'. 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'.
In the 1980s he worked on licensed titles like 'Further Adventures of Indiana Jones', '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: 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. After the events of 9/11, Trimpe spent eight months working at and around Ground Zero in New York as a chaplain. He chronicled his experiences in the book 'The Power of Angels', that was published in 2006.
G.I. Joe Special Missions #6
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". Herb Trimpe passed away on 13 April 2015, at age 75.