Yes, but Feiffer's cartoons are not literal talking heads. Look more closely. There is an element of fantasy, of caricature, of metamorphosis in even the most "verbal" of Feiffer's work.
Oh, I agree absolutely, but I think this works against your point, which, if I understand it correctly, is that comics are suited to broad action-driven stories and not to subtle dialogue-driven ones. Unless Feiffer is the exception that proves the rule.
Say, I've just realized something- nearly everything you've praised in this thread was on the Journal's Top 100 List! Namely: Feiffer's works (6, 50), Caniff's Terry and the Pirates (23), Ditko & Lee's Spider-Man (35), Calvin and Hobbes (36), Sugar & Spike (78), Foster's Prince Valiant (100). Groth and Thompson's personal lists included all but one of those, too (Groth excluded Sugar, Thompson excluded Valiant).
Maybe you guys have more common ground than you suspect. (Or wish to suspect...)
[This message has been edited by Chris Ekman (edited 05-07-2000).]