My favourite period of vicar's work was the mid to late 1970s, when his style looked most like 1953 Barks. I didn't like most of his work from the early 1980s onward, as that's when (in my opinion) his assistants' drawing degraded his style.
Oh that's my favourite period too. Though worth noting those are the stories from my childhood so there might be nostalgia... I got kinda bored with Vicar in the 90's. Just too much of it. 'Ah, Vicar again!'
But I have gained new appreciation for him now I think.
I was obsessed with Hidden valley as a kid. I drew a sequel to it too I wish I still had it...
Also The Priceless Chest. I am fond. It's a very important story for how I see Glomgold I think... As is Uncle Scrooge is Generous. It's the way I prefer him, plus he looks very cute in those. Duckier proportions than in any Barks stories. Vicar drew lot of Glomgold stories I like and he is maybe my favourite artist for the character. Though obviously Barks, especially The Second-richest duck had a better story I like the look of Vicar Glomgold especially in late 70's to early 90's.
p.s. on "Gathering the Ducks": Grandma Duck shows Donald a photo of herself as a babe-in-arms, and (at least in German) says that it's a photo from her baptism day! Interesting addition to the very short list of churchy or religious references in the lives of the Ducks. Though of course for many people, particularly in countries where Christianity used to be the state church, baptism is just a generic baby rite, the life-cycle rite for newborns, not anything particularly religious.
I approve of keeping religion out of the Duck comics, but still, I found it amusing to find this reference to Elvira's baptism.
It has occurred to me that for me one of the most memorable elements of stories drawn by Vicar is the depiction of place. There are some great scenes of settings in Vicar stories. I think particularly of Atlantis and Lower Flotsam in Janet Gilbert's The Lost Suburb, Old Man Winter's cave in her Young Man Winter, and the splash panel of Turkeyton in her Once a Loser.