The In­cred­i­ble Herb Trimpe

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - By Dewey Cas­sell & Aaron Sul­tan [TwoMor­rows Pub­lish­ing, $34.95]

Sub­ject Herb Trimpe had a truly Cin­derella story in the comics biz, start­ing humbly at Marvel Comics run­ning the photostat ma­chine in the ‘60s, and even­tu­ally be­com­ing one of the Marvel Bullpen’s most flex­i­ble ca­reer men. While his ac­com­plish­ments spanned draw­ing li­censed char­ac­ters based on toy brands like G.I. Joe and Trans­form­ers to work­ing with iconic su­per he­roes like Spi­der-Man and Iron Man, Trimpe is best known for his eight-year gig on and the even­tual de­but of Wolver­ine therein.

This ret­ro­spec­tive, as­sem­bled with Trimpe’s full co­op­er­a­tion just be­fore his pass­ing last April, chron­i­cles the artist’s life and works through his own voice, as well as the rec­ol­lec­tions of friends and col­leagues like Stan Lee, Tom DeFalco, Roy Thomas, John Romita, Bill Peck­mann, Sal Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Larry Hama, Doug Moench, Eliot Brown, Len Wein, Ron Frenz, Steve En­gle­hart and his son, Alex Trimpe. The fit­ting trib­ute is heav­ily il­lus­trated over its 160 pages in full color to bring Trimpe’s re­mark­able legacy to life.

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