"These boys had come up with this Escapist character and then, in exchange for some token payment and the opportunity of seeing their name in print, signed away all the rights to Anapol and company"
During the 1930s and 1940s, comic strips were for the most part owned not by their creators but by the distributing syndicate. A notable exception was Milton Caniff
, creator of Terry and the Pirates.
While the strip made Caniff famous, it was owned by the Chicago Tribune-New York Daily News. Caniff grew increasingly frustrated with his lack of rights to the comic strip he produced. When he was offered the chance to own a strip by Marshall Field, publisher of the Chicago Sun, he left Terry
and introduced his new strip Steve Canyon
in the Chicago Sun Times
from 1947. At the time, Caniff was one of only two or three syndicated cartoonists to own their creations, and he attracted considerable publicity on this basis.