Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2015.269.3
Dimensions: 10 in X 6 ½ in X 1/8 in
Dimensions (Metric): 25.4 cm X 15.24 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
Elektra Marvel Comic No. 9, August 1980. The front cover features an illustration of the Twin Towers against a huge full moon. Elektra is standing on the left, and a silhouette of several ninjas climbing a water tower is on the right. "A NEW NINJA SECT BLOWS INTO TOWN . . . THE FOUR WINDS!" is the caption.
Soon after it was built, the World Trade Center, and specifically the Twin Towers, took on iconic status. Although initially criticized for their architecture of "gigantism," the two soaring towers soon became a landmark, looming large in the public imagination as an icon of New York City’s audacity and vitality. They were seen as a symbol of America itself—a place of possibilities and dreams that defied limitation.
The Twin Towers, one of New York City’s most photographed landmarks, were used in marketing, featured on postcards and souvenirs, and appeared in movies and television.