A couple of commenters who are in favor of stealing styles, characters and ideas have claimed that everything is stolen, thus relieving themselves of the stress of having to be at all original.
I myself believe in being influenced - as opposed to straight imitation - as I have explained in some detail, and I find it hard to think of too many great artists who aren't influenced by previous artists.
Now and then though, a truly unique talent comes along with a style so original that you can't figure out where the Hell it came from. Don Martin is one of these giants. The only other one I can think of is Tom Minton.
I'm sure Don Martin must have been influenced by someone, but he sure put it all together in an original way. The only previous artist I can think of that may have been an influence on him is Virgil Partch. Martin's humor is definitely influenced by Looney Tunes and Tex Avery, but his graphic style is one of a kind.
Visit To The Dentist to be continued...
I'm hoping that Mort Todd finds this post and tells us who Don Martin's influences are-or if anyone else knows for sure, feel free to divulge the secrets!