Arguably the first time I ever realized just how big a difference an inker can make was when I first encountered today's featured art team
#9 Herb Trimpe and John Severin
I hadn't cared for Trimpe's singular style up to that point, his perceived faults blinding me to his superior storytelling skills. Few artists, then or now, have a better sense of page design, particularly in balancing angles and POVs while subtly guiding the reader's eye exactly where the narrative needs it to go, but I couldn't--or wouldn't--see it until he joined forces with Severin. Marie's big brudder can sometimes overwhelm a penciller (thank the gods, or else Dick Ayers' later issues of Sgt. Fury would be unreadable) but he was the perfect partner for Happy Herbie. His inks gave the art texture and depth, smoothing HT's rougher edges and enhancing his sometimes rubbery and off-putting figure work with volume and weight. In short, Severin removed the scales from my eyes and made me a lifelong Trimpe fan... and isn't that the highest compliment you can pay an inker?
I summon the epiphany!