Harrock n roll:
if it were created by committee it would get watered down. If they were to create new adventures today they would most probably have to be done by a team, so it would end up being disparate and therefore rather crass.
With fairness, I don't agree with this at all.
A point to note is the esteemed Carl Barks, regarded by many a pure genius.
To be fair he didn't create Donald Duck, this was already established by Walt Disney Studios but he did
create some of the most memorable characters being Uncle Scrooge, Gyro Gearloose and the town of Duckburg which spawned a whole dimension of character involvement and adventures.
Scrooge in particular often eclipsed the Disney characters as a whole, his adventures and tales were rich, memorable and lasting due to his colourful background.
A further case to note is Don Rosa, who established Scrooge further creating a decisive background history to Scrooge.
Carl Barks took to initiative to further develop the Disney characters (to be fair his focus was the ducks primarily) his work is brilliance, universally admired by critics and fans worldwide.
He breathed new life, a fresh outlook to Donald and company and we are more the richer for this.
Had Barks not been allowed to broaden the series we would have all missed out..
The argument here is that Barks began creating new stories whilst
Walt Disney was alive and hence had approval.
I dare to suggest that had a suitable understudy been available for Herge, perhaps he may have approved, had
it been in the spirit of the adventures.
Harrock n roll:
Let's be fair, Bob de Moor, E.P. Jacobs, Roger Leloup, and the rest of the team of artists he worked with, they're all very capable, but none of their individual work matches Hergé's, in my opinion.
Very good point, all capable but none had the magic. de Moor was apparently a very good illustrator but I've heard as a story writer he was average.
Herge/Barks were both skilled in both forms as well as structuring and pacing a story which is half the battle!
I guess quality comes few and far between!...