Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The House Of Horrors!


Memory is a slippery thing these days, but if mine can be trusted then the first time I ran across the artistry of the late Herb Trimpe was inside the vintage Big Little Book starring the Fantastic Four titled "The House of Horrors".

Marvel Comics was swelling up and the FF were on ABC television in a series which did a remarkably good job of translating the comics to screen. I didn't quite realize that because I was just into the cartoon as a kid with the comics still in my future. But I did pick up this Big Little Book tie-in which was ghosted by Herb Trimpe along with some re-used artwork by Jack "King" Kirby. Longtime Marvel artist John Verpoorten handled the inks.

To get a good look at this classic, check this out.

For a look at some of the dandy Trimpe artwork look below.














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4 comments:

  1. That's some solid work by Trimpe. I often felt that John Verpoorten was an underrated inker.

    This rendition of the FF is much better than the version Herb turned in some years later when penciling Super-Villain Team-Up.

    Thanks for posting this!

    Doug

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    1. Inks made a big difference with Trimpe's work. He was best when he inked himself, though many prefer John Severin. Verpoorten was similar to Trimpe so they mesh well. Sam Grainger is my favorite inker when it wasn't Herb himself.

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  2. The guy on the link to the full book online, before he figured out it was Trimpe, thought the art looked like a cross between Kirby/Buscema. But all I see is Kirby. Do you think he was trying to draw it in Kirby's style?

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    1. For certain, that was the mandate at Marvel at that time. Some of the art is for sure Kirby as they lifted panels from the books,but otherwise it's pretty much Trimpe. I don't see any hint of Buscema at all, never have.

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