Amusing Side Note:
|Posted: 13 June 2019 at 8:16am | IP Logged | 2
When DC introduced royalties, forcing Marvel to do the same,* there was a resistance to that word from Marvel's bean counters and lawyers. They didn't like the implied ownership of a royalty payment, so they insisted they were to be called "incentive payments". The money, you see, was to encourage us to work harder and do better, and so earn more.
When I got my first "incentive" check for CLASSIC X-MEN I called Shooter and promised him I would work harder to make the next issue better!
(For those who don't recall or never knew, CLASSIC X-MEN was a reprint book.)
* DC books were not selling nearly as well as Marvel, so they could play Lady Bountiful knowing their cash outlay would actually be quite small.