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Baxter Building

Saga Fantastic Four
Comics Fantastic Four Stan Lee (1961)
The building at the corner of 42nd Street and Madison Avenue may be inconspicuous among Manhattan's glass and metal buildings, but it plays a big role in pop culture. For it is indeed here that the Fantastic Four have taken up residence in the Marvel comics...
300 Madison Avenue New York
300 Madison Avenue New York. Photo credit: Fantrippers

I think it is simply precedent. (…). The funny thing is when I did our first superhero book, the “Fantastic Four,” in an effort to avoid the cliche, I told the artist, I don’t want costumes on these guys; I just want them to wear clothes.

Stan Lee

The Fantastic Four is the first superhero team to use secret identities and not be open about it. The team consists of Reed Richards, a scientific genius who can stretch his body at will, Jane Storm, his wife, whose power consists of becoming invisible and creating force fields, Johnny Storm, Jane’s brother, aka the Human Torch, and Benjamin Grimm, who is known as the Thing because of his appearance; the latter resembling a stone giant. Characters whose powers come from massive exposure to cosmic rays while on a mission in space.

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby at the request of Atlas Comics, the future Marvel Comics, in response to the Justice League of DC Comics, the Fantastic Four have a home in the Baxter Building. In the comics, the top five floors are bought by Reed Richards to establish the headquarters of his team. A section of the building is totally modified to meet the needs of the Fantastic Four but also to face the attacks of their enemies, the terrifying Doctor Doom in the lead.

In the comics, these assaults make the owner of the place, a man named Walter Collins, regret renting out his walls to superheroes. His regrets are legitimate as the threat to the Baxter Building is so great. The building was eventually destroyed after being beamed into space by Doom’s adopted son. An event that led to the construction of the Four Freedoms Plaza, on the same site, before the latter was also destroyed to eventually make way for a new Baxter Building…

In our reality, the building at 330 Madison Avenue does not house any superheroes. Just a lot of offices. A rather discreet monument of pop culture and of the great history of comics. While the address of the Baxter Building is supposed to be the same in the Fantastic Four movies as well as the Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer, the building doesn’t look the same at all. And for good reason, it is in fact the Marine Building, a superb work of Art Deco architecture from the 1930s, located not in New York but in Vancouver. Another popular site in pop culture, which can be seen in the series Smallville. That’s where the Daily Planet is located. He also shone in Blade: Trinity and Timecop. However, the original Baxter Building is indeed in Manhattan, where some of the most memorable battles for the survival of our species took place between the pages of comic books…

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The original Fantastic Four series has 588 issues, published from 1961 to 2011.

Les Quatre Fantastiques Baxter Building
Le Baxter Building dans Les Quatre Fantastiques. Tous droits réservés : Marvel Comics

300 Madison Ave

Construit en 1964, ce building culmine à 170 mètres et compte 41 étages. Un géant de verre et de métal, bien connu des amateurs de comics…

Cet immeuble côtoie de nombreuses légendes comme le Siège des Nations Unies, le Chrystler Building, Grand Central Term... Learn more about 300 Madison Ave

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By Gilles Rolland

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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