Does it succeed? Well, you be the judge. Take this as an example.
Garfield (Jim Davis, 1/6/2012)
From Garfield Minus Garfield, January 12, 2012
Apparently, Jim Davis is an encouraging fan of the site. I find that telling.
Anyway, I wonder if this shouldn't be a genre. For your viewing pleasure, I present to you my two submissions for consideration.
Luann Minus Luann
(with possible apologies to Greg Evans)
...and from this:
Calvin and Hobbes
Calvin and Hobbes Minus Calvin
(with no apologies whatsoever to Bill Watterson)
Discuss: What would your favorite comic strip, movie, book, or TV show look like without the primary character?