Some incredibly sad news has reached comic book fandom. Herb Trimpe, the legendary artist, has passed away at the age of 75. Trimpe is most well known for his work on The Incredible Hulk during the 1970’s. While the 1970’s was a tumultuous time at Marvel Comics, Trimpe was ever the professional and he always delivered excellent work time and time again.
Trimpe was the artist who crafted the very first incarnation of Wolverine. Those who are not long time comic book fans might think Wolverine debuted in the X-Men, but this is not accurate. Wolverine first appeared at the end of Incredible Hulk #180 and battled the “Green Goliath” for a full issue the next month.
In the early 1970’s, Trimpe’s work on a two-part Hulk story was adapted into a book and record set released by Power Records of Newark, NJ. Kids could read along with the radio theater production of The Hulk’s battle with The Rhino and The Abomination according to Angel.co.
In addition to his great run on The Incredible Hulk, Trimpe lent his talents to other top Marvel Books such as Iron Man and Ant-Man. His work on the toy inspired comic, Shogun Warriors, was a favorite among his fans.
Trimpe’s death came as a total shock as he was seemingly in good health and spirits only recently. A biography about the man’s life and work is scheduled to come out later this year.