When it came to racism, the pen was Stan Lee’s superpower

As fans celebrate Stan Lee’s contributions to the pop culture canon, some have also revisited how Lee felt that with his comic books came great responsibility.

The Marvel wizard, who died at age 95 on Monday, used his pen to conquer such real-world foes as racism and xenophobia.

Since the 1960s, Lee advocated for tolerance through the only platform he had: the comic book pages. It was on those pages that he wrote “Stan’s Soapbox” columns preaching against bigotry and that he introduced characters of color.

While Marvel’s representation of minorities in comics hasn’t been without its stereotyping hiccups, there’s no denying Lee broadened the image of the quintessential superhero.

Lee is credited with creating characters like T’Challa, the Black Panther as well as Luke Cage and the mutant X-Men.