Stan Lee, the creator of the Marvel Universe died today at the age of 95. Born in 1922, Lee collaborated with many artists (such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko) and co-created characters including Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, The Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, the X-Men, Ant-Man, Iron Man, and Thor.
He was a hilarious and active man who had cameos in countless movies including Iron Man, Venom, Guardians of the Galaxy, all the Spider-Man movies, The Avengers series, Mall Rats and more.
He was a man who clearly understood the dynamics of good and evil, power and weakness, protective and aggression, including in his famous line, "With Great power there must also come great responsibility."
But it was in 1968, in his regular column "Stan's Soapbox" that appeared in Marvel Comics, Stan Lee spoke out against racism and bigotry.
For those of you who don't want to read the image is says:
"Let's lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed supervillains, they can't be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them - to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are. The bigot is an unreasoning hater - one who hates blindly, fanatically, indiscriminately. If his hang-up is black men, he hates ALL black men. If a redhead once offended him, he hates ALL redheads. If some foreigner beat him to a job, he's down on all foreigners. He hates people he's never seen - people he's never known - with equal intensity - with equal venom. Now, we're not trying to say it's unreasonable for one human being to bug another. But, although anyone has the right to dislike another individual, it's totally irrational, patently insane to condemn an entire race - to despise an entire nation - to vilify an entire religion. Sooner or later, we must learn to judge each other on our own merits. Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our hearts with tolerance. For then, and only then, will we be truly worthy of the concept that man was created in the image of God - a God who calls us ALL - His children. Pax et Justitia, Stan."
Stan Lee, a WWII veteran, passed today on Veterans Day.