Here is a conversation I had on KQED’s Forum, remembering the maestro, Stan Lee.
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Writer, editor, and comics icon Stan Lee died at the age of 95 on Monday. After coming into the industry in 1939 as an office gopher, Lee would eventually co-create some of the most famous characters in pop culture, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, and the Hulk. As the figurehead of Marvel Comics, he used his platform to address social injustice and discrimination, while later becoming well known to audiences for his cameos in Marvel films. We’ll talk about Stan Lee and we want to hear from you: What have Marvel Comics and Lee’s characters meant in your life?
2 thoughts on “Remembering Stan Lee”
Having read Marvel Comics as a kid myself, The Incredible Hulk was one character that meant a lot to me because I, too, feel like raging against the injustice I see in videos and against the duopoly. That classic line, “Don’t make me angry. You won’t like it when I’m angry”, springs to mind.
“he used his platform to address social injustice and discrimination,”
Yet, there are as more prominent blue people than African-Americans in the X-Men mythology. He says the X-men are analogues for blacks during the Civil Rights era with Magneto being Malcom X and Xavier being MLK. Yet, he waited 12 years to give us Storm, a child thief.
He is overpraised as an egalitarian.
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