Peter Parker is an ordinary boy who transforms into the crime-fighting superhero Spider-man at night. He shoots spider webs to swing from building to building and slings them to capture bad guys … of course. Since his debut in 1962, Spider-man has become one of the most loved and recognizable comic book superheroes in the world, but you probably knew that already, right? What you might not have known is that Stan Lee is one of the creative geniuses behind the story of Spider-man. He’s also the person who created X-Men, Thor, Black Panther, and a slew of other iconic comic book heroes. While each of these characters may have their own stories, personalities, and looks, they all have one thing in common: They protect the world from evil. Mr. Lee once wrote in the back of one of his comic books that “a story without a message … is like a man without a soul.” His stories, while also entertaining, sent strong messages of tolerance, justice, acceptance, belonging, integrity, and fighting for what’s right. Mr. Lee passed away earlier this week at the age of ninety-five, but with his unforgettable superheroes and their never-ending stories, his legacy will live on forever. Thanks for sharing your stories with us, Mr. Lee. Excelsior!
Interesting fact: Watched a Marvel Comics movie recently? If you did, you might have noticed Mr. Lee making a cameo in the film—it’s become somewhat of a tradition after all! Missed him the first time around? Perhaps it’s time to watch a Marvel movie again!
Do you like comic book superheroes? Which one is your favorite and why?