Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition features a “Mustang Ahead” staff member’s musings on the death of Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee.

Jack Forman – Mustangs Ahead

Reflections icon (2)(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee was arguably one of the most influential writers of the last 150 years with his vast, make-believe universe that both turned the tides of war and entertained the masses.

Lee was born in 1922 in New York, where he later would pursue his passion of illustration and storytelling.

In his early career he was the editing director of the then “Timely” comics, where Lee served in World War II, helping the military’s propaganda efforts, which played a huge role in motivating the U.S. public to support the war effort.

Through this, one of Lee’s most popular creations, “Captain America,” would be born. This character played an important role in getting people excited about the war effort, with the first issue featured a cover of “Cap” holding his star-spangled shield while punching Adolf Hitler.

Since this creation, Lee added hundreds of fully fleshed out characters that make for a good reflection of time. Characters like ‘The Black Panther” were a representation for African-American communities and kids in an era when representation was rare.

Lee was quoted in a 1968 column claiming: “Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today”. This was written shortly before the death of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Lee was able to bring people together from all around the nation with the hundreds of characters that represent people of all different backgrounds.

In 2007, Marvel studios was purchased by Disney, who continued to bring his creations onto the big screen. Since then, they’ve blown up in popularity and have pushed the boundaries of storytelling in film.

Now a whole new era of comic book characters seems to have drawn in the most diverse group of fans yet. The phenomenon has gone beyond the stereotypical “nerd” and is now something people from all ages and races enjoy and appreciate together.

Lee’s Universe is a representation of mankind and has helped inspire togetherness among people of different values.

Although Lee is dead, his creations will live on forever as a vehicle to discuss social issues and give people of different backgrounds the opportunity to come together as comic book lovers and movie goers.

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