On November 12, 2018, Stan Lee – the man who gave us iconic Marvel superheroes like Spiderman, the X-Men, and so many more – passed away of old age. What made his creations so truly compelling is that his characters were so human. They took on social problems of the time, and dealt with some very human problems.
For many years, Marvel comics also included a column called “Stan’s Soapbox.” This column served as a vehicle for Lee to express his views on a wide variety of issues. Back in 1968, one of those columns dealt with the problem of racism, and it’s recently taken on a new life as it circulates around Twitter.
“Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills today,” Lee wrote. “The only way to destroy them is to expose them.”
Lee retweeted the column in 2017 after the white supremacist march on Charlottesville, Virginia. The tweet said, “As true today as it was in 1968. Pax et Justitia -Stan,” according to Mashable.
Lee introduced the world to Luke Cage and Black Panther, and often used his X-Men comics and characters to expose prejudice and bigotry. His honor, humor and wit will be greatly missed by fans.