Some people knew Herb Trimpe as the comic book artist of titles such as Shogun Warriors, Godzilla, G.I. Joe, and The Defenders among others. But to me he will always be known as the artist on The Incredible Hulk.
Herb had an astounding approx. seven year run on the series starting with full pencils in issue #107 all the way until issue #193. In that time Herb got to draw almost every Marvel character (that guest starred in the series) plus a plethora of interesting colorful and insanely brilliant villains. To many people, he is the quintessential Hulk artist.
Back cover to Marvel Treasury Edition #5 “Hulk on the Rampage!” 1975
After a short stint in the Air Force Herb joined Marvel comics in 1966 as a photostat operator. He was basically making photo copies and submitting artwork whenever he could. In 1968 he began his run on the Hulk, and the character’s popularity began to grow by leaps and bounds.
Herb was responsible for creating many characters; from Jim Wilson to Doc Samson and the military unit the Hulkbusters, a term coined by him which is still in use in the Marvel U to this day. His style ranged from the very dynamic to the often flat graphic to even bordering on the psychedelic. Herb was a big fan of E.C. Comics, and this influence showed through in the various monstrosities he created to battle ol’ greenskin.
A little bit of science fiction and a whole lot of action were the key elements that defined Herb Trimpe’s tenure on the Hulk.
In October 1974, in the Hulk title, the Marvel Universe would be changed forever. On the final page a new character appeared; a tiny little guy with three claws on his hand called The Wolverine.
Although he is often mis-credited as the co-creator of this character, Herb’s name will always be synonymous with the Canadian anti-hero. Created by writer Len Wein and artist John Romita, Trimpe said he “distinctly remembers” Romita’s sketch, and that, “The way I see it, they sewed the monster together and I shocked it to life! … It was just one of those secondary or tertiary characters, actually, that we were using in that particular book with no particular notion of it going anywhere.” Boy, were they wrong. Wolverine’s first “full” appearance would be in the next issue, the classic Hulk #181.
As a bit of trivia, it appears The Wolverine was possibly a slight re-work of a character who also appeared in The Hulk series a few years earlier…in 1969 issues #120/121 featured an Inhuman called “Leonus” who faired almost as well as Wolverine did against the green skinned giant.
In 2013, I was lucky enough to get my copy of Hulk #181 signed by Herb. When I asked him how many copies did he think he had signed over his lifetime, he just looked at me and smiled, “More than have been printed.”
Herb passed away on April 13th at the age of 75 and is survived by his wife Patricia and four children. In 2002 Herb was a recipient of The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award for his work as a chaplain at the World Trade Center site following the September 11 attacks. Trimpe was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of New York on May 30, 1992.
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Cover art by Herb Trimpe and John Romita
Cover to Rolling Stone #91 Sept. 1971
Original page/Third Eye black light poster 1971
Personal commission 2013
Released today, March 9th, 36 years ago, Starcrash has literally been called one of the worst/best sci-fi movies of all time. From Wikipedia: “Kurt Dahlke of DVD Talk said, “Starcrash is a masterpiece of unintentionally bad filmmaking. Cozzi’s Star Wars knock-off buzzes around with giddy brio, mixing ridiculous characters with questionably broad acting, an incredibly simple yet still nonsensical plot derivative to Star Wars, and budget special effects that transcend into the realm of real art. It’s a completely ridiculous movie.
The memories came flooding back, and it took me all of 10 seconds to decide whether or not to add this to my collection. I couldn’t resist, and now I get to look at it every day and couldn’t be happier. Happy 36th anniversary Starcrash, if it wasn’t for you…well, I’d have a big blank space in my wall in need of filling.
…to make room for the new. Dug out some old art that was collecting dust, time now to move ’em along and make some room for new ideas. For sale:
“Monsters” flash sheet, 2014, liquid acrylic on arches 11″x14″ $200
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This afternoon I visited my local Wonder Book & Video which is never a disappointment. Today’s haul included this gem from 1984: How To Draw Star Wars Heroes, Creatures, Spaceships and other Fantastical Things by Lee J. Ames. (He’s the author of over 50 how-to-draw books, duh)
Like every book of this nature, it breaks down the image into simple shapes for the younger artist to get a grasp on how to properly construct an image. And Lee isn’t a half bad artist either
There are instructions oh how to draw almost 30 different things from R2 to the Dagobah Swamp. Since the book came out in 84, it covers most of the ships and characters from the original trilogy.
The book covers all the human characters as well (Luke, Han, Leia, Lando) but the robots and ships are always the coolest to draw
Careful drawing Akbar, he’s very “phallic” looking…
Following the simple steps it’s impossible to draw these designs incorrectly
Finally toward the end there are instructions and examples of shading
James, Threepio and I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! Now get to drawing…
Nothing says Halloween more than monsters. And nobody did monsters better than guys like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. But before they made the Marvel superheroes, they made…
That’s actually not quite accurate. You see before they were called Marvel Comics, they were called Timely Comics. And before Timely, they were Atlas Comics. Atlas featured the likes of Captain America, Sub-Mariner and The Human Torch. That was the 40s. By the 50s it was about westerns and romance, and by the 60s, it was monsters monsters and more monsters.
Publisher Martin Goodman saw that EC Comics was doing well with their monster line, so he had Marvel follow suit. As sales started to wain on the monster stuff, he saw DC Comics was doing well with the supers at the time…and well, we all know what happened next…
So without further ado, here is a gallery of some ass kickin’ monster comics covers from the early days of Marvel. All of these titles would eventually switch over to the popular superheroes we know today, but for now…let’s get SCARY!
Yes, it’s that time of year again. It’s October, which means the bestest of all holidays is coming up. That’s right, it’s almost Christmas! But in the meantime, Halloween is less than a month away, and it’s time to break out some goodies.
This is the Shogun Warrior Ben Cooper costume from 1977. This is Mazinga and it’s a very thin vacuum formed mask, slightly different from the usual stiffer plastic they used in earlier releases.
This also appears to be a J.C. Penny catalog item, because the box is radically different as well. Made of a tougher corrugated cardboard, the front is decorated with a generic sampling image of other costumes
The mailing box is also much larger than the in-store ones, with no die cut opening on the front to see the costume inside
The costume itself is the typical “flame retarded” vinyl and cotton, and as is another typical occurrence with these types of costumes the fabric part gets pretty shredded after 30+ years
There is also a small note attached to the box indicating you have to supply your own damn boots. What a rip off
And as always…PLAY HARD