I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of American cultural icon Stan Lee. Over the past few months I’ve actually been writing an extensive research paper on psychological warfare and the political propaganda uses of comic books and superheroes during the Cold War. My research has led me to the conclusion that Stan Lee was the epitome of an American patriot. A young Stan Lee served in the U.S. Army during to WWII to help the allies defeat fascism, and upon his return to America he used his comic books to support American values, such as freedom, tolerance, and individual liberty, against the expansion of totalitarian international communism. Stan Lee wrote complex stories with powerful political messages and themes that will long outlive him. Lee was not afraid of speaking the truth, standing up for the little guy, defending American values, or calling out communism for the oppressive and morally bankrupt ideology it is. It’s no accident that President George W. Bush awarded Lee with a National Medal of Arts in 2008. Rest easy, Stan. Thank you for your service and for the amazing stories and heroes that raised generations of freedom-loving patriots, just like yourself.
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