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'X-Men' is an anti-bigotry story, says Stan Lee

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X-Men creator Stan Lee has opened up about why he first launched the Marvel Comics title.

The former Marvel president said that the mutant team was created as an "anti-bigotry" message and a celebration of diversity.

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"I wanted them to be diverse. The whole underlying principle of the X-Men was to try to be an anti-bigotry story to show there's good in every person," ComicBook.com quotes Lee as saying.

Lee created the original incarnation of the X-Men with artist Jack Kirby in 1963, with the team making its first appearance in The X-Men #1 that year.

The original lineup consisted of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel and Iceman under the tutelage of Professor Xavier.

X-Men went on to become one of Marvel's most iconic properties, spawning numerous video games, an animated series and six movies to date.

Watch a clip from X-Men movie spinoff The Wolverine below:

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