Herb Trimpe, The First Person To Draw Wolverine, Has Passed Away

Hulk181Legendary Marvel Comics artist Herb Trimpe, the first artist to draw character of Wolverine for publication, has passed away, according to his family.

"This past weekend I had the pleasure of seeing my cousin, Herb Trimpe, in action doing what he loved - meeting fans and drawing comics. I was there capturing video and interviews about his life and work with Marvel for a documentary that we were planning to work on," posted Glen Baisley to Facebook. "Little did I know, this would be the final time I would get to see him. I wanted to share some very sad news with everyone. Monday night, Herb passed away.

"He was a legend in the industry, co-creator of Wolverine and penciled some of the most iconic characters ever. He will be greatly missed."

Best known for his work on The Incredible Hulk, where Wolverine first appeared, Trimpe's decades-long career also included work on titles like The DefendersIron Man and Thor. He also co-created Captain Britain and his sister Psylocke, who was just cast yesterday to appear in X-Men: Apocalypse.

“To me, no artist is as synonymous with the Incredible Hulk as Herb Trimpe, who gave the Jade Giant a sense of pathos and scale that set the bar for every artist that followed him," said Axel Alonso, Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics. "Like a Hulk-punch, Trimpe's art truly exploded off the page. Comics lost a giant."

He also worked on licensed properties like G.I. JoeStar Wars and U.S. 1, and more recently worked on independent titles like B.P.R.D. and Savage Dragon. In 2002, Trimpe won not only the prestigious Inkpot Award, but also The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award for his work as a chaplain at the World Trade Center following the September 11 terror attacks.

Note: While Trimpe is frequently referred to as the co-creator of Wolverine, technically the character is credited as having been created by Len Wein and John Romita, Sr. We regret the error.

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  1. He was the first artist to draw him for publication, but not the co-creator.  That was John Romita, Sr.

  2. If we're splitting hairs, Stan Lee also had a part in the creation of Wolverine as an editor, but since that isn't the REAL news here, RIP Herb, you will be missed

  3. i dont think it's really important at this stage, who created this or who

    created that, what is important is he was associated with the marvel

    universe. r.i.p herb.

    • DSniner
    • 1240 Posts in 27 Months

    A really good artist.I grew up on a lot of his stuff that he drew.

    R.I.P.Herb Trimpe.

    • 9lives9
    • 1 Posts in 17 Months

    Herb  ,                                                                                                           I know  he's  up in heaven  watching over us.                                 He  was not  just  a great artist.     I met him  7 times  from 2000-2015 at comic-cons .     He was the nicest/  most down-to-earth  person  at every comic-con .   He never acted acted like he was  better than everyone else(some artists do))    .   He  will  be  very missed .  He usually  looked  busy.  But, he  was never too busy to talk to a  comic-con fan .                             My heart goes out to  his wife & his  kids .

       Sincerely,

         Tony

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