And coming from an artist, that's sad.
No, Joe is right. If an artists influences are obvious to the viewer, sometimes that just means the viewer has been exposed to a variety of artists works. Just like the well read person will be more easily able to see the influences of the authors in the books they're reading.
Patrick Nagel has a very distinct style, and yet it's obvious that he was inspired by the Art Deco look of the 20s and Japanese wood cuts.
If I read only comic books I would still be in awe of the way Alan Moore crafts his stories. But I read Alan Moore's Mr. Majestic story, "The Big Chill" and realized it was pretty much Isaac Asimov's short story "The Last Question" using DC analogues.
Grant Morrison pointed out the obvious influences in Moore's Watchmen and Miracleman because he read "Superfolks." Doesn't make Alan Moore a hack.