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Herb Trimpe – Artist Who Inspired Hulkbuster and First Wolverine character dies at 76

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.[28][29] 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.

For more samples of his work, check out his website – http://herbtrimpe.prosite.com/Source: Here

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