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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 

Herb Trimpe passes away at 75

Herb Trimpe, the artist who drew a lot of the Hulk stories in the late 60s-early 70s and co-created Wolverine with Len Wein, passed away at age 75. I'm sad to learn he's another fine veteran who's now gone. He also did work on Iron Man, Captain Britain and GI Joe in the past decades. Speaking of which, there's an inaccuracy in this NY Observer article about where one of his creations debuted:
Trimpe is also responsible for the co-creation of the character Elizabeth Braddock (the telepathic Psylocke). Braddock appeared throughout the 1970s and ‘80s in Captain America, [...]
Wrong, she first appeared in Captain Britain in 1976, written primarily for the UK market, and during her first decade of existence, she was a white caucasian, before Chris Claremont wrote an X-Men story where Spiral switched her mind and body with that of a Chinese kunoichi named Kwannon. But, Trimpe did also draw at least a few Captain America issues in the Bronze Age.

Not mentioned here is that Trimpe was fired by Marvel in 1996, and while he doesn't name the staffers responsible, I wouldn't be surprised if Bob Harras was the one, and the following year, wouldn't you know it, they were willing to hire a far less talented artist, Rob Liefeld, for a project that was a botch, Heroes Reborn. I can't help but wonder if their firing Trimpe had what to do with the increasingly insular directions taken by the Big Two.

After the dismissal, it took at least a decade before Trimpe made any contributions to Marvel again. In recent years, he also worked on at least 2 more GI Joe-related books for IDW. And unlike Gerry Conway, Trimpe served in Vietnam, in the USAF. During 9-11, he also did work as a chaplain at the WTC site. From what I've read, Trimpe certainly sounds like a very respectable fellow, far better than some of today's contributors turn out to be. That's one of the leading reasons why he'll be sorely missed.

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