The case of Siegel and Shuster is slightly unique because they created the Material in Action#1 as a comic strip, tried to sell it in syndication and then repurposed the material as a comic book.
The law which gave them some leverage was designed to help creators who sell their creation to a media corporation because only the media corporation has the tools and network to sell it. (And ironically, the case of Siegel and Shsuter was one justification for the existence of the law.)
While not opposed to Kane and Kirby (and Ditko and Cockrum and etc) getting more dough, it is harder for them because in most cases they created the work as employees.
As someone who has served one tour of duty in Iraq and is getting ready to leave for another at the end of November, let me say that My War by Colby Buzzell is just about as close of a description as you can get to everyday life as a soldier in Iraq.