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Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee: 1922-2018

Stan Lee, a genius of the imagination has died. He was 95. Courtesy Marvel Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee was a hero of imagination and creator of beloved superheroes [caption id="attachment_16150" align="alignright" width="300"] Spiderman is one of

Stan Lee, a genius of the imagination has died. He was 95. Courtesy Marvel

Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee was a hero of imagination and creator of beloved superheroes

Spiderman is one of Stan Lee’s most enduring and loveable characters, who went on to immense fame in comics, television, and the silver screen. Courtesy Marvel

Marvel Comics creator, Stan Lee, father of the comic book superhero for children of all ages has died, six weeks short of his 96th birthday.

I am sad and bereft of the proper words to describe how much he meant to my childhood, teenage years, and as an adult. Stan Lee was a pioneer and a hero whose vision transcended time. When another comic book company struggled with the racial and political issues of the sixties,

Stan boldly created two men who would represent two icons of the Civil Rights era. Prof X of the X Men was a representation of Dr. Martin Luther King, while Magneto was Malcolm X … the two men who were mutants disagreed on how to fight for mutant survival in a world that hated them, much the same as Martin and Malcolm.

When I think of my civil rights icons – Dr. King, Malcolm, President John Kennedy … included among them is Stanley Martin Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.  RIP 1922 – 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin G. Thomas is a veteran Los Angeles-area freelance journalist whose editorial runs weekly in the St. Louis Evening Whirl, a 76-year-old publication. Locally, he has written for the Los Angeles Wave and the L.A. Watts Times. He is a former educator with B.A. degrees in theology and marketing.

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