Todd Allen continues his look at Marvel’s surreal collected edition policies over at The Beat, but the must-see comment comes from Charles Vess in the comments:
It would be nice if they actually paid the creators whose work they are reprinting. A year after their Warrior’s Three collection which featured a cover and over 100 pages of my work I received one (!!) comp copy and no word of any sort of reprint or royalty fee. Of course it might not have sold very well. Now I see that they are cobbling together 3 or 4 Spider-Man GNs into one enormous, hideously produced, hardcover. My long ago GN ‘Spirits of the Earth’ which I wrote/drew/painted is one of them. We’ll see what they do about that one. In contrast, DC provides 25 comp copies and a royalty check sent ever 4 months. Hmmm… now who would you work for?
And also: This seems almost unbelievable, right? I’m not the only one who reads that and thinks “Oh, that must be wrong,” surely – I’m not meaning to call Vess a liar, because I firmly believe that he’s telling the truth, but Marvel doesn’t pay reprint royalties or even give creators notice that they’re reprinting their work?!? That just seems breathtaking. Even if that’s only the policy on work of a specific age… I am genuinely stunned. That’s appalling.