The X-men comics

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The X-men comics

The X-men comics

The 1963 X-men comics are about a race of people who are cast out by society for the way they look. Beacause of this, it is said that the comics are an allegory of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. According to writer Stan Lee when asked about creating the overall story arc of the X-men, "...it not only made them different, but it was a good metaphor for what was happening with the civil rights movement in the country at the time." The quote states that the X-men comic were made as a representaton of the civil rights movement.

Why are the X-men comics said to be an allegory for the civil rights movement?

Research Question:

The Civil Rights Movement

The X-men comic books

The X-men symbolize the minorities of the 1960s and other people who are criticizedfor traits that are beyond their control. people who are abused by others need someone who understands and can relate to their problems. Author Kevin Hillman said, "In the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the African-American community chose aleader in Martin Luther King, the X-men were given Professor Charles Xavier. The quote states that the X-men are similar to and represents the minorities of the civil rights movement.

X-men portray historic, ongoing civil rights struggles

The mutants of the X-men comic are in a similar situation to the minorities of the 1960s civil rights movement. According to Jack Fisher, author of The legacy of uncanny X-men, "the common thread of every minority is hatred and fear by those who don't understand them and don't even attempt to. The common human experience that has spanned the ages is why the X-men have resonated with audiences for 50 years." The quote demonstrates how the X-men mutants are similar to the minorities of the 1960s.

Minorities from the 1960s and the X-men comics were going through similar situations in their lives. The X-men were marginalized for being what they were, and so were minorities. and because of their similarities, the X-men comics are thought to be an allegory of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

The legacy of uncanny X-men

X-men allegory


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