The Comic Journal’s Tom Crippen posted a quote from The R. Crumb Handbook (by R. Crumb and Peter Poplaski) which opines that Charles Schulz and Jules Fieiffer’s work was lacking in technique.
The quote in question:
If you look at a comics page drawn by Jack Davis or at Wally Wood’s science fiction stuff, who cares about the narrative? But the artwork is wonderful, a true pleasure to the eye. What technique! With Charles Schulz or Jules Feiffer, it’s quite the opposite. The story’s great, but the artwork’s not much to look at. In comics there’s always this dichotomy.
What a stupid thing to say. Really, it’s a collection of stupid things. Charles Schulz and Jules Feiffer don’t have technique? Since when? They draw simply; that is not the same as drawing without subtlety, skill or (wait for it) technical command. Everyone knows that complication is not automatically better, that simplicity is not automatically worse. Everyone – from Harold Bloom to the people who write cover stories for Time Magazine. And everyone knows that Charles Schulz and Jules Feiffer draw brilliant pictures. You just have to look.