Along with the beautiful Sal Buscema book IDW released late last year they also released this gorgeous collection of the greatest Hulk artist to ever live. The man was a true talent and gentleman. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting the man knew of his enormous generosity toward the fans who celebrated his work. Nothing made me happier than to meet this man and see just how much he enjoyed conversing with fans. I was lucky enough to afford a few commissions as well – my favorite being the Fixit cover he did for me:
This fantastic book gives you the opportunity to see his work in a new way! While enjoying the raw pencil and inks of each page from his illustrious career they showcase just how amazing of an artist Trimpe truly was. You can get lost exploring the imperfections of a true master of the craft and studying the details he left to his many partners.
In the book you can read a few complete Hulk issues including one of my all time favorites, issue #131! Each issue showcases not only the original art for each page of the comic but also the inserts. The pages are filled with the blemishes, yellowing tape and stains from yesteryear. The handwritten comic notes scribbled across the top of the pages.
Even better, the book is almost the exact size of the original art. Like you’re reading issue from the pages handed to you by Mr. Trimpe himself. If only the man himself was still with us, I’m sure he would be humbled by how fantastic this book came out. At the end of the book we are treated with scribbles, doodles and notes from Herb and his collaborators. We are even given a small portion of covers from the master, including the greatest issue of them all: The Incredible Hulk #165.