In the late 1970s and 1980s, Trimpe’s Marvel work included licensed movie and TV franchises. He drew all but issues #4–5 of the 24-issue Godzilla (Aug. 1977–July 1979);drew all but one of the 20-issue Shogun Warriors; six issues of The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones (also writing the last two); G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1 (July 1982) and other issues; nearly the entire run of the 28-issue spin-off G.I. Joe Special Missions (1986–1989); three of the four-issue miniseries G.I. Joe: The Order of Battle(1986–1987); and three issues of The Transformers.
Trimpe, in a 1997 interview, described his Marvel arrangement: “I was a quota artist, which was non-contractual but [I] received a salary. I got a regular two-week check, and anything I did over quota I could voucher for as freelance income. I also had the extras, the company benefits. It was like a regular job, but I worked at home. It was a good deal.”
Trimpe penciled BPRD: The War on Frogs (Aug. 2008) for Dark Horse Comics, and returned to his signature character by drawing the eight-page story “The Death and Life of the Abomination” in Marvel’s King-Size Hulk #1 (July 2008). In December 2009, Trimpe, a Bugattiairplane enthusiast and member of the Bugatti Aircraft Association, published the eight-page comic book Firehawks, in which the Bugatti 100P plays a major role. This was followed by a second Firehawks comic, the 24-page “Firehawks 2 – Breath of the Dragon”.
He said that he devised the military unit the Hulkbusters, which became a regular element of The Incredible Hulk:
[The series’ writers] came up with the major concepts. I was not involved much with the creation of the new characters or new ideas. I didn’t want to be. The concept of the Hulkbusters, however, was my idea. I did [the schematic diagram of the base]. I also designed the unit emblem, which was an “H” being shattered by a lightning bolt. You remember, “Thunderbolt” was [antagonist] General Ross‘ nickname. [The aerial-view design of the base as a peace symbol was used] purposefully as a design for the Hulkbuster base, but it really wasn’t a joke. It was just meant as the ironic juxtaposition of a military base run by an aggressive, blustery general, and the military base design being a symbol of peace. It was like in the ’60s and ’70s when protesters stuck flowers down the barrels of National Guard rifles. It was a provocative gesture.
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