Real Name: Walter Collins

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Owner of the Baxter Building

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Fantastic Four (tenants)

Enemies: Fantastic Four (tenants), the Frightful Four

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: The Baxter Building, Manhattan, New York

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#111 (June, 1971)

Powers/Abilities: Mr. Collins was a tenacious landlord, never willing to budge an inch for the sake of his tenants.

Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 210 lbs.

History: (Fantastic Four I#3 (BTS))- Mr. Collins arranged to have the newly-formed Fantastic Four take up residence in the top five floors of the Baxter Building. He had hoped at the time that they would bring his building prestige, scarcely imagining the many battles that would be fought there in later years.

(Fantastic Four I#111)- After the Thing went on a rampage, public opinion turned sharply against the Fantastic Four, and Collins took advantage of this in an attempt to drive the Fantastic Four out, demanding to Mr. Fantastic that they pack up immediately. Mr. Fantastic was incensed, and angrily drove Mr. Collins away.

(Fantastic Four I#114)- As the Fantastic Four were engaged in battle with the Over-Mind, they returned to the Baxter Building to make preparations, but found that Mr. Collins had evicted them, and placed a padlock on their doors. Angily, the Thing tore the lock apart, and the Fantastic Four informed Collins that they had evicted him, and shut him out.

(Fantastic Four I#116)- Collins tried to have the Human Torch and the Thing arrested as they set off to battle the Over-Mind, but the police were powerless against them, and the Thing hung Collins from a lamppost before continuing on their way.

(Fantastic Four I#120)- After one of the Baxter Building's elevators fell apart and the Fantastic Four rescued an occupant of the elevator car, Collins appeared to again threaten the Fantastic Four with eviction, having assumed the damage to the elevator car was done by the Fantastic Four. Mr. Fantastic again stood up to Collins, and demanded that he depart.

(Fantastic Four I#126)- Collins confronted the Thing after he caused a tremor in the building with an angry punch, and again threatened to evict them. The Thing responded by hanging him from a coat hook, and set off to locate the Mole Man, hoping that he could restore the sight of Alicia Masters.

(Fantastic Four I#127)- When the Human Torch came looking for the Thing, Collins told him about the incident, and presented a court order for the Fantastic Four's eviction. The Torch responded by setting the court order on fire.

(Giant-Size Super-Stars#1)- As the Thing and Hulk got into a fight, Collins again threatened the Fantastic Four with eviction and tried to have the Torch arrested, but again failed.

(Fantastic Four I#177)- As the Frightful Four held auditions for the open spot in their membership at the Baxter Building, Collins tried to have the many costumed figures present arrested, but none of them were wanted. Collins had a close encounter with the Brute and fainted, just before the Brute became the fourth member of the Frightful Four.

(Fantastic Four I#191)- After the Fantastic Four broke up, Collins attempted to place a "for rent" sign on the building before they had even moved out. The Thing chased him away, but Collins returned when the Fantastic Four finally moved out of the building, and found occasion to complain yet again about the mess they had caused. The Thing responded by dropping him in a flower pot.

(Fantastic Four I#201)- After the Fantastic Four reunited, Collins allowed them back at the Baxter Building, having been unable to find anyone else to rent their floors. He attempted to raise their rent, but the Thing demanded he would not only have to lower the rent to get them back, but turn up the heat and get rid of bill collectors for them as well. Collins was forced to accept the deal.

(Fantastic Four I#244)- Mr. Collins returned from a three-month vacation in Europe to discover that the top floors of the Baxter Building had been demolished by Terrax during an altercation with the Fantastic Four. He once more threatened to have the Fantastic Four driven out, so Mr. Fantastic decided that he had finally had enough. He wrote up a check, and bought the Baxter Building from Collins. Collins wandered away with the check in his hands, smiling eagerly.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, John Buscema, and Joe Sinnott.

by Prime Eternal

Walter Collins should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Fantastic Four I#111, page 13, panel 2
Fantastic Four I#244, page 19, panel 1

Other Appearances:
Fantastic Four I#114 (September, 1971) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), John Buscema (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks)
Fantastic Four I#116 (November, 1971) - Archie Goodwin (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Fantastic Four I#120 (March, 1972) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), John Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Fantastic Four I#126-127 (September-October, 1972) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), John Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Giant-Size Super-Stars#1 (May, 1974) - Gerry Conway (writer), Rich Buckler (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Fantastic Four I#177 (December, 1976) - Roy Thomas & Mike Friedrich (writers), George Perez (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Fantastic Four I#191 (February, 1978) - Len Wein (writer/editor), George Perez (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Fantastic Four I#201 (December, 1978) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Keith Pollard (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Fantastic Four I#244 (July, 1982) - John Byrne (writer/artist), Jim Salicrup (editor)

Last updated: 03/08/04

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