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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Herb Trimpe 26 May, 1939 - 13 April, 2015



From those old Silver Age Marvel comics to characters such as WW 1s Phantom Eagle and, of course, his incredible run on The Incredible Hulk and so much more -and a well liked war-gamer. 

I can't even think of much to write.  So many memories.



Tempus fugit

7 comments:

  1. Just dropped in to check in and leave a quick note and .... boom. Another legend gone. For some reason I really loved Herb Trimpe's work on the 'Godzilla' stuff Marvel (?) did - reprinted BW back in the 80's. It was so outrageously dynamic. More than tempus fugit I think, like Ewins, Kermode, Bib et al - Gone, but never forgotten. Take it easy,Terry. I'll check in again tonight after I get back..

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  2. Damn . He was the first artist that I saw draw The Hulk . It was the first time I saw the character back in the early days of Marvel UK . I shall hunt through my collection and reminisce . Terry , have you ever seen the Tac Au Tac videos on YouTube ? One has a Druillett , Burne Hogarth and John Buscema jam session . Any idea how long this series ran ?

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    1. . . or even if you've heard of it before ?

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  3. Hey, John. No. I'd never heard of Tac au Tac before ( Terry probably has - he almost never sleeps !) but it was cool to checkup on. John Coulthart has some of the Tac au Tac juxtaposition pieces on/accessed through his blog. Interesting stuff. It also makes me see that people draw what they're used to - it's what makes comic covers the same as the interiors and not more dynamic and imaginative ( Pekka Manninen made this very interesting observation - that comic book covers are, unlike record covers or other artistic works, predictable and - forwant of a better word, bland ) - we - comics creators - are what we are, we've invested in that idea, and wecan't change it without changing the idea. Anyway. I witter on. Tac au Tac: it's fun.

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    1. Bib and myself attempted jam sessions for local fairs etc , always under an air of quiet desperation as Bib would put it . It's something that I would have loved to have continued . Doing art ' live ' as a performance art as opposed to sitting in a four wall situation . When I started caring a lot of what I wanted to do fell through , simply because looking after someone intensely and the drawing bit in my mind shut down literally wouldn't work . Braque ending and subsequently not working with Bib again is something I will always regret . I am so glad that CB is on the net . You are right in that we do draw what we are practised at . In a way we speak/draw a language that is meditative . It has it's challenges when we wish to learn more . I remember Eisner , in an interview with Harvey Kurtzman saying how it was a struggle to get into doing colour work for his covers on the Spirit Monthly . He would struggle for a while and then race back " to that nice warm black line and feather like mad ! " I have to see , after many years , whether I can still feather . Drawing has come back and my brain accepts it now as the new 'normal' . I have to see if I can still handle a brush as an inherited essential tremor started in the last few years . It's almost new territory for me as I used to feather like mad . I am nervous about it but we carry on .

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  4. Tac Au Tac I've posted before but the fella who put these on you Tube did a great job so I'm re-posting. And, boy, did they change Phantom Eagle later. But my mini armies salute wargamer Trimpe!

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  5. John. Whatever you do, I want to see,it'll be cool. Honesty is a rare and wonderful thing - comics needs more of it. Hell.. life needs more of it - the creative self needs to be free ( and occasionally out-there !) Take it easy. And Terry, thank you - those war gaming mini guys should salute higher !

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