Speaking as a TCJ folk, I agree that Walt Kelly was the greatest cartoonist ever.
Still, Frank, it's no surprise that people get angry when you insist that only slick illustration is any good- that humor should be drawn like Kelly and drama should be drawn like, I don't know, Hal Foster. It's just silly on the face of it. Peanuts wouldn't have been any funnier or more insightful a strip if Schulz had been Disney-trained. I think your hard line on this subject makes you sound like the comics equivalent of Yngvie Malmsteen, or some other of those guitar whiz kids from the '80s- the ones who valued the ability to play pentatonic scales blindingly fast over soul.
(Oops- I hadn't seen Steve Hogan's post above that made the same point. Sorry.)
[This message has been edited by Chris Ekman (edited 04-10-2001).]