In many ways, I owe what caricaturing skills I have to Marlette. I don't quite render people in the same way he does, but I can see his influences, however small, in what I do. ...and expecially in my Reagan. My Reagan definitely has that "cheerful obliviousness" that Marlette pointed out to my adolescent self.
Doug Marlette is not someone I'd usually put on a list of influences, when someone asks and streams of people run through my head, and I think that's somewhat of a shame. His mark on my life was stealthy, but important. He did fantastic work, and it sucks that he had to be taken from the world in such a violent fashion.