Doug: OK, friends -- we've debated our favorite comics creators and what they do/how they do it. But our former colleague Sharon posted a "Happy Birthday" to the King over on our companion blog, Two Girls, A Guy, and Some Comics (as have many of our other blogging friends on their respective sites) and it got me to thinking... who is the most influential comic book creator of all time? Now, you'd have to, in your own mind, define for us what "influential" means to you; what are the parameters you're using? Commercial success? Longevity? Number of characters created? Which specific characters were created? And etc., etc.
Have at it, and have fun!