Stan Lee

As a young person learning to read in the late-1960s and early 70s you never consciously realised his wider significance. You just enjoyed the story, and couldn’t wait for the next one.

Scholarly reflections on Stan Lee’s sad passing earlier this week at the age of 95 perhaps now put a wider perspective on why Marvel characters were - are - so popular.


 Because Marvel’s heroes - often teenagers - are like all of us flawed; they have their everyday problems which occupy so much of our time and thoughts, but are also equally capable of the extraordinary. There’s a superhero in every student we teach. Perhaps in all of us. We just need to make sure that we look for and encourage those specials talents, in whatever area they may be, to fully develop It’s about finding triggers that excite and motivate. That make the difference.

I also owe Stan Lee a personal debt of professional gratitude.

As a History teacher, his characters could help bring a topic to life. Indeed, Captain America and the Yellow Claw even illuminated a text book piece written on the Cold War nearly a quarter of a century ago now...

History text book
History text book

And as a Headteacher Spidey’s aphorisms have also inspired many an assembly theme...

Spider Man