Now, I know what you’re thinking…. That Jim Shooter was the champion of Work Made for Hire.
I had been on the creator side of the desk too long before the Editor in Chief gig. I was the champion of Best Deal Possible for all creators. If I’d had my way, I would have made Marvel Comic Book Creator Heaven in a heartbeat.
However, I knew that the likelihood of my being able to totally revolutionize and restructure Marvel’s business relationship with its artists and writers during my first few months in office was zero. I knew that it wasn’t bloody likely that any time soon, or maybe ever, that Marvel and the industry in general would give up Work Made for Hire (W4H) and move to an Independent Contractor status for creators, buying specified rights for specified periods.
No way, no how.