NPR had a lovely article celebrating the life of Stan Lee – the person who created characters like the amazing Spiderman and the X-Men.
Stan was known for creating superheroes who struggled with being human. He explored insecurities, unhappiness, and themes like racism through his stories. He put being human before superhuman and did it all while ensuring he made us smile.
In his words – “Before Marvel started, any superhero might be walking down the street and see a 12-foot-tall monster coming toward him with purple skin and eight arms breathing fire, and the character would have said something like, ‘Oh! There’s a monster from another world; I better catch him before he destroys the city.’ Now, if one of our Marvel characters saw the same monster, I’d like to think Spider-Man would say, ‘Who’s the nut in the Halloween get-up? I wonder what he’s advertising?‘ ”
When reflecting on his career, he once said – “I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: Entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end.”
Thank you, Stan. You will be missed.