> C is far more important than anything SJ ever did
And yes, ge gots to be far more important because he's first in the food chain. He invented the paintbrush and went on inventing the art itself.
On top of that, there are thousands of programming language today, many relying deeply on concepts and paradigms that are much younger than C itself, but C remains one of the most used languages. Not only C is very much used, it's still the only option in many cases and it is by far, the language that is most used to implement other languages, or at least to bootstrap them.
Considering the age of the paintbrush comparing to, say, spray ink, your analogy is in fact, not only valid, but a very good one.
It's more like saying the paintbrush is more important than anything some really successful art dealer ever did.
http://reprog.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/steve-jobs-never-had-... (the book mentioned in the blog post, not the post itself)