I don’t get jealous often. It doesn’t do much good. What ends up happening is that jealousy gets in the way of the creation process. Instead of being jealous, it’s better to revel in what’s been created, and try to use that for inspiration for something new.
Use that feeling to fuel creativity.
Creativity in comics is always on display. It’s literally in front of your face. And when you read something good, something that just seems to fire on all cylinders, something you wish you had created yourself (or at least thought of first), then the green-eyed monster can rear its head. When that happens, it can be a challenge to put the work in perspective. What others can see as a good book can turn into sour grapes for you.
Not a good situation at all.
I remember reading once where Warren Ellis was talking about Matt Fraction out-writing him. He called him a good friend, and then called him a rude name because he out-wrote him. It was funny. It was charming. It spoke of camaraderie.
This is what comics is supposed to be about. If someone does something “better” than you, go back and put more effort into your own work. The end result should hopefully be a better book. If all creators did this, it could be seen as a high tide, and a high tide lifts all ships. Imagine the amount of mediocre books that could actually be good if creators felt more pressure to actually do good work instead of stuff that just got by.
While jealousy in itself is generally a bad thing, I’d say that friendly jealousy is a good thing. If it spurs you to create better, and that, in turn, inspires others to create better, then we all win.