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modrzejowska street

from maus, art spiegelman posted in comic books by corporate_sunshine

Vladek Spiegelman hustles for food coupons and contraband all along Modrzejowkska Street while Poland is occupied by the Nazis in the graphic novel Maus.

He also witnesses the hanging of four other Jews on the street when they are arrested for dealing goods without coupons.

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spiegelman home

from maus, art spiegelman posted in comic books by corporate_sunshine

This home in the Rego Park neighborhood of Queens is where the Spiegelman family lived, and it's featured extensively throughout Art Spiegelman's interviews with his father in the classic graphic novel, Maus (Pantheon Books/winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize).

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marvel bullpen (1960s)

from marvel comics posted in comic books by nevereatshreddedwheat

Marvel Comics moved their offices from the Empire State Building to Madison Avenue in the 1960s. They were located here at 635 Madison Avenue during the Silver Age of Comic Books. In the early 70s they moved down the street and spent the Bronze Age at 575 Madison Avenue where they would stay until the early 1980s.

In Fantastic Four #10 (1963) Doctor Doom visited Stan Lee and Jack Kirby as they worked on Madison Avenue. Doom's evil meta plan was to force Lee to summon Fantastic Four's Reed Richard to the office in order to capture him.

Most artists, including Kirby, would have worked from home at that time, so a Marvel Bullpen where artists and writers collaborated together in one space, along with the idea of Lee and Kirby sharing an office, was largely Lee's invention.

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sanctum sanctorum

from dr. strange posted in comic books by nevereatshreddedwheat

Roy Thomas and Gary Friedrich, both writers for Marvel comics, lived together at this address in the 1960s.

Thomas, who launched the Conan the Barbarian comic and wrote for Uncanny X-Men and The Avengers among many other titles, wrote an entire run of Dr. Strange from 1968-69. He gave Dr. Strange's fictional townhouse the address of his apartment at the time.

Thomas would eventually take over as editor-in-chief of Marvel in 1972 when Stan Lee became Marvel's publisher.

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u.s. grant hotel

from comic-con posted in comic books by speedy_dee

The precursor to the San Diego Comic-Con International, known as the Golden State Comic-Con, was first held at the U.S. Grant Hotel from August 1–3, 1970.

The hotel was originally built in 1922 by Ulysses S. Grant, Jr. (son of president Ulysses S. Grant) who named the hotel after his father. The hotel is now on the U.S. National Register for Historic Places (probably not for its role in comic history, but should be).

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