Remembering Stan Lee: A Superhero Who Helped Change the Way the World Sees Blindness

11/15/2018

This week we lost a legendary figure in the field of comic books and entertainment, Stan Lee. Among the many characters he helped develop for Marvel Comics is the first blind superhero, Daredevil.

About his visually impaired crime-fighter, Lee said:

"The one thing that worried me about Daredevil—I wondered if blind people would be offended, because we were exaggerating so much what a blind person can do, and they might have felt that we're making it ridiculous. But I was so pleased. After the books were published, we started getting letters from charities for blind people, like the Lighthouse for the Blind in New York. Letters saying, 'We've been reading these stories to the people here and they love them, and they're so pleased you have a super-hero who is sightless.' And, oh boy, that made me feel great!"

We would like to thank Stan Lee for leaving behind a Marvel-ous Universe. His power of storytelling helped change the way the world sees blindness.

Charlie Cox, a Helen Keller Achievement Award winner (2015) and star of Marvel's Daredevil with AFB President and CEO Kirk Adams. Pictured here is Kirk Adams with actor Charlie Cox who portrays Matt Murdock—lawyer by day, crime fighter by night—in Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix. Charlie received a Helen Keller Achievement Award in 2015 for bringing the blind superhero to life for a new generation of fans.