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Cool Comic Cover Gallery – Herb Trimpe

This week, the featured artist is Herb Trimpe.

So enjoy ten cool comic covers by a cool comic cover artist, Herb Trimpe!

As usual, I will try not to use covers of the same title, but I did have to make an exception for one title (and I’ll admit it, I also cheated once).

Here is one of the many famous covers Trimpe drew over the years, the first issue of G.I. Joe!

Here is one of the many striking covers Trimpe did for the Killraven feature in Amazing Adventures…

Here’s another famous cover from the book Trimpe is probably most known for, cover-wise, the Incredible Hulk…

Here, of course, is the MOST famous Hulk cover – I just couldn’t let the Samson one and the Wolverine one go unmentioned!

Here’s where I just totally cheat – a reprint of a Hulk issue – great cover though, eh?

The Joe Sinnott inks are a big part of this cover, but still, it’s a sweet looking book.

Trimpe was a master of licensed products…

Here is a slightly later Trimpe cover, from the late 80s…

Trimpe did a lot of cool western covers – here’s an example…

Finally, yet another licensed product…

Which one is your favorite?

Do you have a favorite Herb Trimpe cover that you think I should have put in the gallery instead of one of these ten?

What artists would you like to see featured in the future?

Let me know!


This would probably be my all-time favourite (one of the most memorable covers from the SW series, really):

Foolish Female!! That’s great, I am gonna have to start using that more in everyday conversation.

This covers have more action/creativity than ANY cover of today. And i´m not a nostalgic person.

You’re drooling.
Wipe it off.

Someone’s gonna get killed by friendly fire in that GIJoe cover. That’s just not responsible soldiering.

Some of these look rather mediocre; some are pretty dang good. I suppose it would have been mean to throw in a cover from Trimpe’s mid-90s “Liefeld-esque” period (e.g. Fantastic Four Unlimited).

I really am curious what he was thinking.

I think he might’ve been thinking “I need to pay some bills”.

the Phantom-Longbox

September 28, 2008 at 9:08 am

That wasn’t HIS fault or choosing.

Editorial will often dictate to artists to “ape” a popular artists style.
Leifeld-esque was “hot” at the time, and for Trimpe to get ANY work at that late time in his marvel career (when they were going belly-up ad dumping older artists left and right), he had to do whatever was instructed of him in order to get work.

I’m not a HUGE Trimpe fan, by any means, but I DO like many of his works.
Many of his issues are treasured parts of my collection.

I just wish that he, and other “elder creators” were treated better.


One thing I never understood about the Wolverine cover…where are the chains coming from? Is Wolverine breaking out of them? Was Hulk in them and Wolverine is slashing them off? Is Hulk breaking out of them. Did Wendigo throw them? I read the story when I was a kid, so my memory’s faulty, but I’m pretty sure there were no chains in it.

I should maybe be noted that the G.I. JOE #1 cover from Trimpe has been mimicked and homaged many times over the years throughout G.I. Joe comics and toys. Different characters, poses, etc.

Oh, I forgot to add this link at YoJoe.com, showing the duplications of that cover:

I have to say I really love that Marvel Team Up cover.

Damn, that’s some good stuff.

Marvel Super-Heroes #16, the first (and, I believe, only) appearance of the Phantom Eagle. Trimpe also did the interiors.


Of course it’s a Hulk cover:

(this issue was also a big deal when I was a kid, as it was quite climactic as far as the current storyline at the time went.)

The cover selections are fine for the most part, but Trimpe never thrilled me. He always struck as a workman of an artist, a guy who Marvel editorial went to if they wanted someone who was decent and could get the job done. There’s nothing wrong with that (and I’d say comics these days could use a bit more of it), it just doesn’t stand out.

These are great. Trimpe’s not a spectacular artist, but he’s extremely talented at designing dynamic, eyecatching covers.

Seriously, can anyone shed ANY light on the chains for me?

I got it for you, T. At one point in the story, Wolverine is tied up in chains. Hulk picks him up and throws him into the ground or a mountain, and that breaks the chains. So it’s not like it’s pictured on the cover, but the issue does involve Wolverine being busted out of chains.

Ahhh, thank you jazzbo! Just curious, who put him into chains? Doesn’t really seem like Hulk or Wendigo’s MO. Was there another character involved?


September 28, 2008 at 11:59 pm

Seriously, can anyone shed ANY light on the chains for me?

I’m still waiting on the Mr. Fantastic tied in ropes explanation from FF #1…

The sister of the guy who had become the Wendigo. She was trying to find another body for the Wendigo to go into to save her brother, and was planning to use the Hulk. I think she just tied the unconscious Wolverine up in chains to keep him out of her hair.

The whole story, originally in Hulk 180 and 181, were just recently reprinted in King-Size Hulk, in case you’re interested.

Thanks Jazzbo, that makes sense now! Yeah, I really want to read the story affordably, but to buy King Sized Hulk would mean to spend money on a Jeph Loeb book, so that’s not an option. Plus I may be tempted to read the Jeph Loeb portion of the book if I own it, much like one gets tempted to look at a train wreck. I don’t want to risk that pain.

Ah, I remember that Transformers cover from the UK version!

Da Trimpe!

I don’t think Jeph Loeb is that bad, even though the whole “the new Hulk uses a gun, despite being insanely powerful” aspect of his run has been stupid. But the first story is drawn by Art Adams, and the recap of Abomination is new artwok by Trimpe. So that makes up for it in my opinion.

But getting back to the gun thing, if there’s a gun out there that can kill Abomination, why hasn’t General Ross used it to bring down the Hulk? That’s just stupid.

Sorry, off on a tangent there.

Seriously, anyone who wants to read all these original Hulk stories should go to Amazon or eBay and pick up the “40 years of Incredible Hulk” DVDs, they are not videos but contain excellent pdf scans of every Hulk issue up to 2006, ads and all. They were released by the GIT corporation or something like that, and once Marvel realized what a good idea it was they withdrew the license so they could screw it up with their own lame electronic comics rental system, which would cost hundreds of $$ to read each one only once, and they aren’t all available. They also have sets for Amazing Spidey, FF/Silver Surfer, Captain America, Iron Man, X-men, and sadly, Ghost Rider (definitely a second rate title in the 70’s when nobody seemed to think of drawing him at night, just too stupid by the 90’s when they did) instead of something more useful like Thor, Daredevil or Dr. Strange. I’m reading them all in order month-to-month, just finishing up 1969 with first appearance tales of Ultron, Havoc, Sauron, the Falcon, the Prowler and a bunch of other great stuff. Face Front, true believers!!

Needless to say, there’s a ton of tasty Herb Trimpe work to be had in these sets!

Loving the fact we get a Transformers cover in there, but I’d have picked the cover for Issue 12. Optimus Prime – Autobot Killer. One of my all-time favourite covers.


Recognition for his work includes a nomination for the Shazam Award for Best Inker (Humor Division) in 1973, as well as Humanitarian of the Year Award at the San Diego comic convention in 2002, for his work as a chaplain at the World Trade Center site after 9/11. He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.

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