Since Marvel mastermind Stan Lee’s death was announced today, November 12, 2018, a column he wrote in 1968 condemning racism has resurfaced on the internet—as inspiring today as it was when first published.
The Marvel writer, editor, producer and publisher spent four decades writing the column “Stan’s Soapbox,” which commentary appeared on the backs of comic books.
What Lee wrote in the column often elaborated on and supported the values and virtues of the Marvel heroes inside.
This one, in particular, is just as pertinent today as it was 50 years ago:
Fans were thankful to all those who posted it:
Thank you for sharing this man’s wonderfully powerful wise words!!!!!!! Pure gratitude!!!!!!— CHERYL MCDANIEL (@MCDANICS) November 13, 2018
Thank you very much for sharing!!!!! What clarity and wisdom!!!!!!! Very grateful to have these powerful words in my “inner library” and cell phone library!!!!! Best wishes!!!!!! Beautifully inspiring and to be aspired to!!!!!!— CHERYL MCDANIEL (@MCDANICS) November 13, 2018
Commenters found Lee’s words inspiring and powerful:
How is it that this statement sounds more presidential than anything from the current administration?— Simon Hunter (@Uturndriving) November 12, 2018
Marvel under Stan’s example was usually on the cutting edge of progressive social commentary and representation. From the Black Panther to the metaphor that was the X-Men & later with stories like Demon in a Bottle and characters like Northstar, we learned a lot about ourselves— Dean (@Tier1Diabetic) November 12, 2018
This. Agreed.— Joshua is Faking til there’s Nothing to Fake (@modcon02) November 12, 2018
Stan “the man” Lee telling it like it is 50 years ago!— James Hadfield (@coregenomics) November 12, 2018
Many viewed it as more proof of the legacy Lee left behind:
Stand Lee didn’t just draw heroes. He was one.— Chimera in a Coal Mine (@Coalminetweety) November 13, 2018
A Legend and a Legacy that man— MonadoJoJo Zerø • モナドジョジョ ぜろ| #AssistAlliance (@JoMonado) November 12, 2018
Stan Lee was a man of great vision.— MayhemMacRaider (@MayhemMac) November 13, 2018
One from Twitter user Joe, who grew up reading the column:
I grew up at the foot of that soap box! I sent in letters "Making Marvel Mine" and hoping for a "No Prize", and we all know that that is certainly something you can take with you when you leave this Earth.— Joe (@JosephMascia) November 13, 2018
Thank you Stan for teaching me the "Suspension of Disbelief"!!!
RIP Stan Lee.