Veteran comics artist Herbert W. "Herb" Trimpe passed away Monday, April 13, 2015, as reported by his cousin. Newsarama has confirmed his passing with multiple family sources.
Trimpe is known for his work on series such as The Incredible Hulk and The Defenders, but is most known for his work on Marvel's Wolverine. Although the character was designed by John Romita, Sr.., Wolverine's comics debut in 1974 Incredible Hulk #180 was illustrated by Trimpe. Trimpe did co-create other well-known comics characters including Captain Britain, Doc Samson, Jim Wilson, the Shroud, the Phantom Eagle and the Hulkbusters.
“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," says Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso in a statement. "Like a Hulk-punch, Trimpe's art truly exploded off the page. Comics lost a giant."
In a statement, the Hero Initiative said, "Herb was a great friend to the comics world in general, and to Hero Initiative in particular. Herb's family requests privacy as they make memorial arrangements. They also ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hero Initiative or the Kerhonkson Accord First Aid Squad.
"Herb was all-around stellar human being with a great sense of humor and a tremendous artistic talent. His work and his memory will remain in our hearts and minds forever."
Trimpe was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1962 to 1966. In addition to numerous awards for his comics work, Trimpe received the 2002 Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award for his work as a chaplain at the World Trade Center after the September 11, 2011 attacks.
Trimpe is survived by his wife, Patricia, as well as four children.