As a child, my favorite superheroes were Spider-Man, Iron Man, and The Hulk. I think what attracted me to them more than heroes like Superman, was that Peter Parker, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner were all normal people before becoming heroes. As it turns out, their creator Stan Lee thought up many of his characters in response to what was going on in the world. Spider-Man and the Hulk were created in response to radiation being in the news after World War II, and Iron Man as a way for Lee to show what he thought technology would one day make a normal man capable of. As the year progressed, many Marvel authors including Lee used their comic book characters to help people deal with tough real world issues. In my essay I'd like to examine what issues the authors of superhero comic books chose to deal with, why they picked those issues, and if it still happens today. I am still not sure if I will only focus on Stan Lee but I am almost certain I will stay in the Marvel Comics realm. I've already found many images online that I want to be a part of my essay, and I feel that this is a topic I could easily write twelve pages on. I am also very interested in why we don't see superheroes fighting in the battles our country is in today. Captain America was created specifically to fight the Nazi's, so where is Captain Shock and Awe? A few other issues I plan on talking about are homosexuality, the war on drugs, and AIDS. I've also seen a graphic novel adaptation of the 9/11 comission report, so if I do stray away from Marvel this is probably what I'll include. This essay needs to be more focused, but I feel confident I can find plenty of interesting sources and create a solid thesis about this topic.