|Jim's single lapse in judgment on this blog|
has been excluding this cover from his
top ten list.
Browse Jim's gallery of classic Incredible Hulk covers (if you haven't already), and you'll notice right away how dynamic and engaging they are. Every one has an entry point for your eye and uses lines and composition to guide you through the image. In the Bronze Age, in particular, Trimpe's covers are fantastic road trips, with little stops along the way at clever new super-villain costumes, exciting blurbs hinting at the story, and intriguing facial expressions on background characters.
If you're not impressed, consider how well these covers work even if you don't care for Trimpe's style. That's an impressive feat: composition so bulletproof it can catch your eye without the benefit of noodly styling. If you're still unconvinced, try this mental exercise: Picture any Trimpe Hulk cover drawn by your least favorite comics artist. It still works, doesn't it? Even if you imagine it drawn by that clown you hate!
|Heck, even the Hurricane captures my|
imagination! What's with all those cables?
Why does he need headgear under his mask?
Trimpe's costumes are largely symmetrical and two-tone, but from that simple palate, he constructs some memorable patterns. More importantly, Trimpe costumes are easily identifiable at a distance, making his villains easy to pick out from the backgrounds and allowing his heroes to dominate even the most crowded covers.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I'm confident Trimpe's covers and costumes will be homaged, revisited, reimagined, and repurposed for a long time to come.
What are some of your favorites?