What amazes me is how far some people will go to justify their behavior to themselves, just to preserve that self-perception.
Not to make him blush, but any story illustrated by Mike Mignola does things that prose alone can't accomplish. The illustrations create mood and atmosphere, drawing the reader more deeply into the story than words could do on their own.
How many writers in history have ever been as famous as Stephen King? He casts an awfully long shadow.
The only way to conduct an effective collaboration is to debate the things upon which you disagree. If one doesn't manage to bring the other around to his point of view, then whichever collaborator feels the most passionate about the thing being debated ought to get his way.
'Baltimore' the series is inspired by all kinds of things, from 'Moby Dick' to 'Dracula.'