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Herbert Trimpe (May 26, 1939 – April 13, 2015) was a comic book artist and occasional writer. He is arguably the artist whose contributions to G.I. Joe comics have been the most significant.

Early works

Much of Trimpe's work is at Marvel Comics. He is best known for his nearly-seven-year run on The Incredible Hulk, which included the first appearance of Wolverine. He also had lengthy runs on The Defenders and Marvel Team-Up, and worked on such licensed properties as Godzilla, Indiana Jones and Transformers, which, like G.I. Joe, was a Hasbro license.

Work in G.I. Joe

Trimpe penciled six of the first eight issues of Marvel's G.I. Joe comic, and continued to sporadically contribute to the series until quite late in its run. He also wrote issue 8, and co-wrote the two-part story in issues 6 and 7 that introduced the Oktober Guard. By the tail end of the series' peak years, Trimpe seemed to be the go-to artist for G.I. Joe side-projects, drawing most issues of the spin-off series G.I. Joe: Special Missions, all the profile pages for the G.I. Joe: Order of Battle series and the crossover, G.I. Joe and the Transformers.

Years later, he was approached by Devil's Due Publishing to provide the cover for the final issue of G.I. Joe: America's Elite.

Recent work

Trimpe participated in an upcoming documentary film called Adventures Into Digital Comics. The film discusses, among other things, the crash of the comic book industry in the '90s and the emergence of webcomics.

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