This Monday, the world of comics lost one of its finest: Herb Trimpe, the legendary artist best-known for his work on innumerable Marvel titles of the '70s and '80s. He was the first person to draw Wolverine for publication, he launched Marvel's iconic G.I. Joe series, he pencilled long runs of offbeat titles like Godzilla and Shogun Warriors, and he defined the look of The Incredible Hulk for a generation of readers.

"Happy" Herb Trimpe (who, like many Marvel staffers, was given an appropriately alliterative nickname) drew nearly every one of Marvel's top characters at some point over the course of his career, but it was his sense of design and dynamics that really set him apart from the pack – his pictures leapt off the stands and grabbed your attention, whether depicting tightly focused combat or enormous chaotic setpieces.

And so, as a complement to our official remembrance, we're proud to offer a selection of covers that demonstrate Herb Trimpe's ability to capture all the grandeur, glory, and utter absurdity of the Bronze-Age Marvel Universe.

 

 

Bonus: It's not a cover, but this house ad promoting the first appearance of Wolverine features Trimpe art repurposed from Hulk #180 and #181, and demonstrates the impact his figures carried, even when removed from their original context. It's also a fascinating piece of Marvel history!