At present, Marvel & King Features are still running the syndicated Spider-Man comic strip in newspapers (you can read it for free on Comics Kingdom). It's mostly a vehicle for cross-overs at this point, with IIRC four of the last seven story arcs being cross-overs (The Hulk, Black Widow, Namor, Dr. Strange) aimed at trying to tie into whatever's in theaters (although the current Hulk bit is only just now starting).* This is on top of their still running such serials as "Prince Valiant", "The Phantom", and "Flash Gordon".
Universal Press Syndicate's been serializing a number of graphic novels over the last few years through their Comics.com site, including the indie superhero title "Starling" - http://www.gocomics....ling/2016/08/22- which concluded a few weeks ago. Meanwhile, indie superhero title "The Cardinal" has been running new installments every Sunday on UPS' Comics Sherpa site (the series is about to end, and I don't know how far back their archives go). And I'll have to try and find the link again, but at one point Udon had a few issues of their "Street Fighter" title being serialized online as if it was a webcomic.
And last I checked, Arcamax was also running an "Archies" strip. (I had to stop going there because some of their pop-ups were getting through my ad-blocker.)
I know that Universal Press and AMP are besties, But given the above titles I'm wondering if it might not be worth it for Marvel, DC, IDW, Dark Horse, or any of the other comic publishers to consider making deals with King Features, UPS, or another syndicate to put material online or even syndicate it out in some fashion.
I'm especially wondering matters given the "Newspapers In Education" program in which newspapers are provided to public schools in America for in-class learning. That's a lot of kids and adults who could be sneaking peeks at Batman or Thor.
Or just imagine what a gag-a-day "My Little Pony" series might do...
But yeah... Anyone else think it might be an idea to partner with the syndicates?
*Quick summary: MJ convinced Peter to give Kurt Connors a second chance and go with him to a remote lab he has in the Everglades to work on regrowing his arm again. Unbeknownst to the trio, Bruce Banner's been hiding out in that neck of the woods. Banner had to go Hulk to save MJ from a gator, and now Hulk & Peter are fighting.