Stan Lee not only created some of the world's most iconic superheroes, he left a legacy of fighting racism and championing inclusion.
The comic icon helped usher in inclusive heroes like Black Panther, the first Black superhero, and The Falcon the first African American hero. “The Uncanny X-Men” were also introduced as a subtle way to touch upon themes of racism and prejudice.
Lee used his column, “Stan’s Soapbox,” to condemn racism in 1968, stating things like, “Let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today.”
After Charlottesville, Lee called out bigotry once again, stating, “Stories have room for everyone, regardless of their race, gender, religion, or color of their skin. The only things we don’t have room for are hatred, intolerance, and bigotry.”
Later in life, Stan Lee became known for his frequent cameos, appearing in nearly every Marvel-based film, including an already-filmed cameo for “Avengers 4,” technically making him the highest-grossing actor of all time. With his company POW! Entertainment, Lee also created the Indian superhero Chakra in 2011.
Lee, 95, died on November 12, 2018. His cause of death is currently unknown. Fans have been paying tribute to Lee on his Hollywood Walk of Fame star.