Recently, Rob "Big Top" Harrell took over the art duties on Brian Basset's Adam@Home. There have been a few posters on the gocomics site that claim that Harrell's art (last panel) doesn't match Brian's (first two panels). Funny enough, I think Rob does a better job than Brian replicating Adam's look (compared to the late '80s version).
Let me explain, please. If you check the images above you'll see how much Brian's own Adam evolved over 20 years ... and no one really notices it because the evolution is slow. I'm really proud of both Brian and Rob. Brian for letting go of his baby and trusting it to someone else. Rob for his professionalism and his ability to wear tank tops. Rob actually got two "FU" e-mails from people right after the change. Come on, people.
But art evolution is common, if not a given. Have you ever seen early Peanuts? The line is straight and sure ... it almost looks like a different artist than Schulz. It's true of almost all strips and it can be really interesting to see the difference between a character at debut than when it grows and lives many years later.
And for those of you who love Brian's art .. be sure to check out the awesome "Red & Rover." www.gocomics.com/redandrover