Stan Lee of Marvel comics often used used his characters and stories as commentaries on personal development, morals, US politics and Civil rights struggles. He also borrowed from Greek, Roman and African mythology to create his comic universes.
Much of this serious philosophical commentary has been forgotten in the wham-bam action of recent superhero movies. In this interactive presentation using film clips, interviews, comics and press articles ;we will show how Stan Lee/Marvel was influenced by Black history and how his stories then influenced and inspired millions of people all over the world. We will cover:
- Who was Stan Lee? Details of his background and ideology
- How and why Marvel struggled in the early days
- Stan and the revolution in comics but why was it needed?
- The World War Two connections. Dr Strange
- Captain America’s black history plus Hulk vs Godzilla
- The real Winter Soldiers and Civil Rights in disguise
- X Men, what they really stood for with evidence. The Obama link
- Blade, Malcolm X, John Henrik Clarke,Luke Cage and real vampires
This presentation will be jointly delivered by ‘The Investigator’ Andrew Muhammad and Black History Walks as an online event via Zoom. Link will be sent one hour before the start.
‘The Investigator’ is one of the United Kingdom’s leading Black History and Culture Specialists. His lively energetic presentations are designed to bring forth history and culture to the spectator allowing for a more enriched awareness of the universal contributions and achievements of a culturally diverse society.
Watch out for Black History Walks new book ‘Black History Walks in London, Volume 1 published by Jacaranda Books in October 2020
Other coming events:
- African Animation Ancient to modern
- Caribbean (In)Visibility on British TV
- Planet of the Apes Movie Breakdown: real and imagined history
- HAPI online premiere of new film on ancient civilisations and economic empowerment
- Titian, Sex, Race and Murder
- Race Riots and the Black British Intelligentsia
- Inter-generational trauma in the age of Coronavirus: Haiti and Louisiana
- Hip Hop to Opera via Negro Spirituals
- Image of the Black in the National Gallery
- African-American leisure sites in the Jim Crow Era
- The African Crown: Hair Politics and US Civil Rights