Great write-up, Sam!

Obviously, everyone wants to see everyone get their fair share, but it's business. Contracts are contracts & "work for hire" means "work for hire".

As annoying & upsetting as it is to hear stories of how creators are treated by corporations, I don't think the corporations are doing anything that is unexpected or illegal. Hell, I would even go as far as saying it's ethical, too.

What these struggles have done though, is pave the way for today's creators to not repeat the same mistakes & hit a whole new level of creator freedom in today's comic book world.