Now FACE IT.....Barry did have some Assistants as doin' a series of Dailies and Sundays simultaneously is a much tough thing than one guess!
Now, due to mere assistants,many claimed Barry did only Inking those Sunday strips later,and had nothin' with art-works!!!!
What a S-H-A-M-E!!!
One ,who claims himself Phan,should know that 'Olesen/William' with some others were Barry's Assistants for some decades....n MOST OF THE TIME the art-work in Barry's period (1962-1994)were fabulous....
Then what happened when Barry LEFT KFS in 1994?? Those SAME Olesen/William had took the charge of Illustrator and as a result a series of CRAPPIEST PHANTOM STRIPS were for Phans (specially dailies,though Sundays were managed somewhat when Fred Fredricks,the Mandrake-illustrator,took the charge up to 2000,then another artist,Nolan,was introduced!) .Anybody who've read '94s onwards dailies r knowin' it well... :)
*'SHOCKING' INFO: Olesen as 'Assistant of Sy Barry':
- Daily :1966 -71(alternate with another one)
- Daily/Sunday:1979 -1994
-  Daily (after Barry quited):1994 -2005 (with William )
-  Sunday: 1994 -2000 (Fredricks as Major illustrator)
Yet to confirm?? Then let's check some of these strips .....
- Olesen IN Barry's ERA (1979 -1994'April):
- Olesen IN 'Post-Barry' ERA (AFTER June'1994):
So, by now,may b Phans GET THE POINT that I'm trying to convey,I guess! ;-))
Thus what we can conclude??
It's very clear that,Barry had the final touch on the EACH n EVERY strips in his 32-year-period and thus bein' assisted by same O/W ,we got nice strips....
So,give Barry what he deserves..... may b he had assistants BUT without his active presence,Phantom would reach the CRAPPY-LEVEL in '60s ...that happened in '90s!! ;-)
Sy Barry was a great Artist indeed....wish he continued his legacy even after '94 (like Fredricks still doing for Mandrake).