Here's a page from one of my favorite stories by John Byrne, FF#267, titled "A Small Loss."
Sue Storm Richards is pregnant, but the baby is shooting off random blasts of radiation, endangering both of them. Reed Richards gathers the world's foremost experts on radiation: Bruce Banner, Walter Langowski, and Michael Morbius. But none of them can help, so they realize they need Otto (Dr. Octopus) Octavius. Reed finds him at a mental asylum, almost a basket case, but Reed talks him back to sanity, and Octavius agrees to help.
But then on the way to Sue's hospital, Octavius sees a Daily Bugle billboard saying "Spiderman: Threat or Menace?" which reawakens his criminal personality. Octopus and Reed fight, until Reed immobilizes Octopus's arms, and delivers the speech on this page:
Reading that now, it sounds like the younger John Byrne of the 1980's speaking directly to his older self in 2008. "What does it cost you to put aside your ego for a moment?" Substitute the comics industry for the sick woman and child that need help. And the old, wounded, bitter Byrne replies "But how can I know that you are to be trusted?" To which the younger man responds with a "demonstration of good will," saying "Your arms are yours again to control."
Which is exactly where Byrne finds himself today, on the verge of releasing new, independent work, not knowing whether the current market will embrace it or not, but free of editorial restraints.
Well, maybe the analogy isn't perfect, but I found it poignant.