Herb Trimpe, We Love You! (1971) Documentary


25-minute documentary short about Marvel comic book artist Herb Trimpe (1939-2015).

This is a film project produced at the Graduate Institute of film & TV at New York University in 1970-71 and directed by Jon Michael Riley and Doro Bachrach. Sound was provided by Don Cirillo and photography by Eric Reiner. Polly Hacker was production assistant.

Herb Trimpe was a young star among comic book artists in the late 1960s (he started at Marvel in April 1968) and early 1970s. Herb was one of the first comic book artists of the 1970s and perhaps the first to draw the Incredible Hulk, as well as many other titles for Stan Lee and Marvel.

Herb Trimpe, We Love You! (1971) Documentary

The documentary highlights Herb’s attitudes to life and work as a comic book artist and features him in the company of his Peekskil (New York) friend Bob Barthelmes, whose classmate he had been since kindergarten.

Also featured is Flo Steinberg and some images of the“Marvel Bullpen” along with other notable comic artists. This may be the only film shot on the Marvel premises at the time.

Herb Trimpe, We Love You! (1971) Documentary

Herb’s family gave Jon Michael Riley permission to upload this valuable piece of footage to Youtube to facilitate the work of those interested in studying Herb’s work. The video was copied to DVD from old, partially damaged 16mm black and white film.

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