>>89815899>Regardless of the comic's quality, Davis's "selling out" was of the same sort as many cartoonists from that era and before.
This is actually true, a lot of comic strips do what Davis does and uses ghost assistants. It's a tradition that goes as far back at least to whenever it was Mutt and Jeff got successful to the point Bud Fisher could go traveling in Europe while his staff cranked out the comics. Frank Frazetta ghosted for Al Capp on Lil Abner at one point, Jules Ffeiffer, Wally Wood, and others ghosted for Will Eisner in the later years of the comic (though Eisner was still involved in overseeing stuff).
This is probably why it took so long to acknowledge creator credit in comic books, because they were done with the same mentality as the comic strip industry and at the time the comic strip industry was more highly regarded than the comic book industry. Even today I think there are some comic book artists that sometimes have paid uncredited assistants. At one point I think there was a talent search to look for a background artist assistant for Jim Lee.