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08/16/2017 16:35 EDT | Updated 11/13/2018 09:26 EST

Marvel's Stan Lee Shares 1968 Column About Bigotry And It Still Holds Up

It's poignant in the wake of Charlottesville.

(Editor's note: This story was originally published in 2017. It was updated after Stan Lee's passing in 2018.)

Marvel's Stan Lee brought a column he wrote in 1968 back into the public eye on Tuesday in response to the weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Lee shared an old Stan's Soapbox on Twitter. The column appeared monthly in Marvel's comics until 2001, the International Business Times reported.

"Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today," Lee wrote at the time.

"But, unlike a team of costumed supervillains, they can't be halted with a punch in the snoot or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them — to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are."

(Update: While Lee's tweet was taken down, many others were sharing the column in the wake of his death on Nov. 12, 2018.)

Lee, who helped create some of Marvel's most renowned superheroes including Spider-man and X-Men, wrote that while people were allowed to dislike one another for individual actions, only irrational people would spread hate onto an entire group.

People applauded Lee for sharing the decades-old column in a particularly resonant time with people debating how to best deal with neo-Nazis and white supremacy and a country deeply divided over political and social issues.

Lee, who served in the army during the Second World War, wrote the 1968 piece amid an era fraught with its own social tensions, according to the Washington Post.

While he doesn't specify what injustices he's referring to in the column, both Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated in the same year.

Lee signed the original column and his 2017 tweet with "Pax et Justitia": Latin for peace and justice.

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