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Houston! We've Got Our Own Superhero! And Marvel Comics Wants You To Meet Him Next Wednesday!

Nordling here.

This is going to be a lot of fun.  Houston's getting their own Marvel superhero - and it's the Scarlet Spider!  Marvel Comics is celebrating Houston's new superhero with an event at the Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks, next Wednesday night, January 11th, at 7:30 PM.  Tickets are only $6!

Christopher Yost and Ryan Stegman are the series' creators, and will be there for an audience Q&A (to be moderated by myself), so get your questions ready - like, how will a superhero like the Scarlet Spider, a clone of Spider-Man, navigate our city with its wide open spaces?  I'm curious myself about how Houston's geography will effect the Scarlet Spider's success at crimefighting.  I've read the first issue, and it's pretty terrific, with a great character in the Scarlet Spider, a new background that we don't often see in superhero comic books, considering many of them take place in either New York or some fictional setting, and I can't wait to see what Christopher Yost and Ryan Stegman come up with.

Christopher Yost is no stranger to comics, having helped create X-23, and he's also been a writer on X-MEN, X-FORCE, BATMAN, and worked on TV shows like THE BATMAN, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, and X-MEN: EVOLUTION.   Ryan Stegman is one of Marvel's top illustrators, having worked on X-23, SHE-HULK, and THE INCREDIBLE HERCULES.

Also, 8th Dimension Comics And Games will be hosting a signing event with Christopher Yost and Ryan Stegman at their store from noon to 4:00 PM to meet the fans, so please swing by before the night's festivities and check it out!

We'll also be screening select episodes of THE AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES, which both Yost and Stegman have worked on.  Plus there may be more surprises in store that night.  If you buy your ticket online, you'll get a seat for the event, plus Scarlet Spider #1 when you arrive.

So come on out and welcome Marvel's first Houston-oriented superhero!

Nordling, out.

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  • Jan. 4, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST


    by Musicman247

    Houston rocks!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I always wondered what happened to the Scarlet Spider

    by D.Vader

    Didn't realize he settled down in Houston.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Great slogan too.

    by D.Vader

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Does that mean we'll be getting a tougher Spidey?

    by D.Vader

    One who won't take shit?

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Houston Gets No Respect

    by Urall Luzers

    We even had a nuclear bomb blow us up in Independence Day. At least Rushmore was filmed here, though.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    The Scarlet Spider???

    by TomRCJ

    I though they killed him off and tried to pretend that whole 5 years worth of spidey comics never happened. I haven't read or kept in touch for years now, but are they really bringing back a character from an era that nearly destroyed everyone's love for spidey? That was some of the whiniest emo tripe I've ever read. The clone series; I'm not the real spidey, oh wait yes I am, oh maybe not, is he a clone too? my returned parents were clones? Jackal was a clone? wait I'm not a clone? who's a clone again? crap, sales are dropping, everyone was a clone and -surprise!- the original Green Goblin never died and was behind the whole thing... and doggie bags are stapled to the next few issues. You know, just in case... It was just as insulting as emo-cap around the same era. At least cap got Waid and Garney to come in and blow our minds after.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Urall Luzers, that made me laugh

    by D.Vader

    I'd forgotten Houston was the chosen nuclear target in ID4. Hahahahah, you poor guys.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST

    oh wait

    by TomRCJ

    I forgot, Marvel fired Waid & Garney to do a moneygrabbing elseworld run and brought them back after only to meddle incessantly until they left. ahhh the 90's...

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST


    by coz

    the scarlet spider and texas deserve each other yeah I said it, fuck texas

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    I predict

    by oaser

    This will suck. I like Yost's X-Men writing, but ANOTHER Spidey clone? Good for Houston, though. I think NYC has enough superheroes as it is.

  • You know, a small center of tall buildings that all close after business hours surrounded by endless miles of decaying suburbs. How the hell is he going to web sling around? Or will he be taking public transportation?

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST


    by ultragoregrind

    So this isn't one of the Scarlet Spiders from The Avengers Initiative? The last surviving clone of MVP? (I am doing MAJOR catch up on my comics, so I'm sorry if this is a silly question...)

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    to answer my own question

    by ultragoregrind

    ...NO this is not the last clone of MVP. Oh well!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Scarlet Spider helped me get off comics.

    by BilboRing

    That whole clone saga crap in the 90s just sucked balls. Then they had a run of Web of Scarlet Spider, Amazing Scarlet Spider, etc. And I was done. I came back on the comic train when the Superhero Registration Act took place but stopped again after the deplorable One More Day abortion came about. Now with comics at $4 a pop...they can go fuck themselves.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    this clone used to be Kaine

    by coz

    I suppose he still is, whatever

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    We?? So Nordling AND the CHOPPAH are fellow Houstonians?

    by Crobran

  • ...See it and let the bile rise, fanboys!!! (Emma/Gwen looks as cute as ever, though)

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    What's with the Texas hate?

    by Crobran

    Haters, put the politics aside and admit that TX is a great place. That plate of enchiladas or fajitas you like so much: it's not Mexican, it's TEX-Mex. That gas you used to drive to your girlfriend's house: probably came through TX (Houston in particular). Did you enjoy playing DOOM or Quake (the games that put FPS's on the map)? They were Texan. We've got Dell, Freescale, Jason's Deli, Nasa, and a host of other organizations. We gave you Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker, Dennis and Randy Quaid, Jamie Foxx, Bill Paxton, Steve Martin, Wes Anderson, Robert Rodriguez, Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, Tex Avery, LOTS of other people you know and respect. And of course, this here website, where you're spewing your bile, is also Texan.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by REDD

    Now, can you have him do something about the Houston traffic?! Also, does he prefer Saint Arnold or Southern Star? ;-)

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    sure it's a great place

    by coz

    once you look past the fundamentalists, the gun-toting rednecks, the ''don't mess with texas'' assholes, the obsessive football maniacs, the stupid fucking hats and dumbass pointy-toed boots, the ''good-ol' boy'' bullshit, the imperviousness to reason, the anti-intellectualism, ... what was I saying?

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST

    @crisp_one You forgot Robert E. Howard

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST


    by TomRCJ

    Dunno if it's really Texas hate dude. The spidey-clone was such maddening dribble that the hate just flies around indiscriminately. Once a tornado gets going, it doesn't pick it's victims. Texas is awesome. Spider clones are not.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    i mean, what the F is happening on the cover?


    did he fall into a huge spider web and start posing all weird? terrible.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    a clone of Spider-Man...more Marvel garbage

    by Roger Moon

    Remember when it used to be the House of Ideas? That was a long, long time ago. Terrible cover, too.

  • I'd love to buy the issue where they fight each other! Maybe Marvel could clone a Louisville hero using the DNA of Muhammad Ali.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    That cover art is McFarlane-esque!

    by J

    I haven't read comics in a long time, but it looks like a lot of artists are still inspired by McFarlane's work back in the early 90s.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Anybody else wish the spidey-clones would just fuck off and die?

    by Royston Lodge

  • Neither one of them hold any meaning, or truth. They just start over, re-boot, re-origin, re-cast, make up some bullshit about how what happened before didn't really happen. Cha-ching! Awesome!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by Crobran

    Imperviousness to reason and lack of intellectualism? That accusation shows a lack of intellectualism. Don't forget that NASA is based here. We were chosen to get the Superconducting Supercollider back in the 80's, which was cancelled by the national government - not the state. "Don't mess with Texas" is an anti-littering campaign, which only a few people have taken out of bounds. Have you actually spent much time in Texas and seen first hand that it is in fact characterized largely by the kinds of qualities you enumerate, or are you merely stereotyping based on some kind of limited sampling? That would be unreasonable.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Bedknobs: Good call! Conan was invented here!

    by Crobran

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST


    by Crobran

    Yeah - I guess it was only a few people. Agreed on both of your last two statements.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    everyone... never, EVER say the word EMO again unless you're referencing effete, obscure stand-up comics or accidentally misspelling ELMO. *facepalm* It's getting old and far too easy a criticism.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    The new Scarlet Spider is Kaine? WTF?

    by buggerbugger

    So the friendly neighbourhood protagonist of your new book is a multiple murderer who just happened to be a clone of Spider-Man, taking on the guise of **another** - deceased - clone of Spider-Man (who he really fucking hated while he was still alive)? With great Doc Ock-strangling power comes great responsibility or some shit. And people say comic-book continuity is impenetrable for newbies?

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST


    by TomRCJ

    Of course they rehash. The problem with that particular era was that is was at an all time high level of crappiness. They kept pulling the rug out from under us and it felt like they were just scrambling to recover from the utter mess they had created. Creative rehashing can be... ok, I guess. But that saga was a bit much. No offence to the guys working on this new tittle, but from the point of view of someone who, admittedly, hasn't read spidey in a decade, the whole spider clone junk needs to be buried, burned and forgotten. If you don't have any original ideas, and spider clones are what you choose to rehash, then you don't have anything good to write about. That's writing just for the sake of writing and shouldn't be supported. Plenty of other spidey stuff to write about before settling on anything related to THAT pile of garbage. Granted this is my opinion, but show me one person who can go on the record stating that they liked the clone saga.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Scarlet Spider

    by keith

    hmmm interesting outfit sheesh and all the power without the responsability?The Scarlet Spider never would be a umm(Batman)sterio type.Imight try be there 4 dis event 4 da laughs.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Texas hate is pure envy, its just pathetic

    by kidicarus

    When you have morons like wrath_of_spidercoz attacking stereotypes like gun-toting rednecks and fundamentalists, just say it man, you want to move here. No need for the pretend hate.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    clone saga

    by keith

    was a bit much on most aspects of that saga but bringing out scarlet spider was a good touch.I liked the suit and the different arsenal.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by TomRCJ

    How about whiny? Morose? Gloomy? Insecure, pathetic, despondent, depressed, doleful, angst ridden...

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    So Marvel's Red Robin now?

    by Tom Fremgen

  • Sorry, fuck Texas!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    When I was a kid I asked Chris Claremont at a convention

    by Crimson Dynamo

    why there where no super heroes set in Houston, and he said "What would they do - fight giant roaches?"

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    There's not a huge downton in Houston to swing through

    by Crimson Dynamo

    Should have given Moon Knight to Houston

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Is there a supervillian factory in Houston?

    by INWOsuxRED

    Or will this book involve lots of traveling? Don't know why I want to know, since I won't be reading it. I wish someone could make a live action spider-man TV show with storylines and such. Don't need movie re-hashes or comic book re-hashes though.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by Crobran

    Yeah, we've got a few. One is called The Fifth Ward. We've also got all of those oil refineries, and I'm sure the toxic waste byproducts have created a few supervillians.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Kidicarus: Agreed.

    by Crobran

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Scarlet Spider is such a gay name!

    by Jake Pantlin

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:10 p.m. CST

    the scarlet spider looks very original.

    by vulturess

    in a creatively bankrupt cash grabby hollywood studio sorta way.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 9:09 p.m. CST

    But can fix the traffic on the beltway?

    by Jeff

    My scarlet spider sense says no.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Ugh! Clones!

    by filegumbo

    I know I have all of those clone saga books, and I remember how mired down they got. I had no idea any of the clones were still kicking around.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:40 p.m. CST

    New retcon please!

    by dukeroberts

    I hate that clone shit. Marvel has really screwed up Spidey with the clone shit and the Spider-Wasp/magic nonsense. I miss when Spidey was just a geek that happened to be bitten by a radioactive spider. There was no rhyme or reason to it, just happenstance. All clones must die!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:56 p.m. CST

    The Scarlet Spider DIED in The Clone Saga...

    by Bill Clay

    There was no room for interpretation when Ben Reilly turned to ashes right in front of Peter Parker's eyes. Unless this new Scarlet Spider is yet another person who's gained radioactive spider powers.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 11:04 p.m. CST

    The Clone Saga was too ballsy for it's time...

    by Bill Clay

    I feared the comic book audience would never accept the mindfuck that the guy who survived fighting the Jackal in 1974 was actually the clone, not the original Spiderman. I was disappointed, but not surprised, when Marvel later backtracked and made Ben the clone again.

  • So, ya know, they existed at one time. Granted, that was 20-30 years ago and the times they do keep changing. Also, I would never have assumed that EVERYONE from Texas was like those people. It would have been a terribly sad place if that was the case, believe me. Lastly, the whole Texas Secession Movement doesn't really help give people a positive image of your state. <p> I do actually agree with you, though, because people think California is a particular way, too. They're usually mighty surprised to find out it ain't exactly what they heard it was. Mostly because it's about 1000 different things, as I'm sure holds true for Texas, as well.

  • Always have, always will. So my comment had more to do with my general abhorrence toward the genre than Spider-Man in particular. However, I do remember the years of people standing around the comics shops bitching about clones and I too thought we were done with all that. From reading this talkback it sounds like they may not be using that crutch here.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 12:04 a.m. CST

    DOOM Wants A Marvel Superhero For Austin!

    by V. von Doom

    How about the Texas Twister? (Bwah-ha-ha!)

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 12:06 a.m. CST

    * gun - don't'cha know

    by Jaka

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Terrible idea...

    by John Pool

    Public transportation sucks in Houston. I guess Scarlet Spidey (what a shit name) will just have to walk. Or stay within 3-4 blocks of the UHDowntown campus.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Cover sucks as well.

    by John Pool

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Scarlet Spider=Kaine not Ben Reilly

    by No time for Haters

    Here is the wiki link for those interested.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 3:32 a.m. CST

    by jedijimmy

    We have had our own super hero here in houston his name is Rook he is known as Houstons best dressed super hero, if you knew your comic book history you would know this.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:15 a.m. CST

    RE: What's with the Texas hate?

    by Stalkeye

    We gave you Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker, Dennis and Randy Quaid, Jamie Foxx, Bill Paxton, Steve Martin, Wes Anderson, Robert Rodriguez, Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, Tex Avery, LOTS of other people you know and respect.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Isn't Scarlet Spider a playable Character in UMVC3, BTW?

    by Stalkeye

    What's with the Blue Hoodie?!?

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Yes and I would gladly give Texas a shout-out just for..

    by Stalkeye

    ...ID Software the guys that started the FPS Genre. without them there would be no Call of Duty,Battlefield and a few other gazillion FPS Games out there. Also the guys who were responsible for Bloodrayne originated from The Lone Star State. That saying, I'm still no fan of Texas and the Dallas Cowboys suck. That's right, I said it.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:29 a.m. CST

    the_claxdog LMMFAO@ That scene from FMJ. It never gets old!

    by Stalkeye

    When the Drill Sergeant played so brilliantly by Lee Emory berated Private Joker and mentioned something about a reach around, my ribs were hurting from laughter. Well played.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Yost killed Kurt

    by WhatTheHellHappenedToMe


  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    BOOORING! So how about this----

    by Dookie_Lumpkins

    He spits chew that blinds his foes and lassos them with a rope that makes them tell the truth. And he says Dagnabbit citizens of Houston! behave or I gonna done slap you silly an' eat yer supper!!

  • Come up with your own ideas, already. PLEASE.

  • Or did they disband? I know, I'm out of the loop.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    that aint the scarlet spider

    by keith

    the scarlet spider may have seem to died in the clone saga but never seen him(Ben) put on the suit n go out to fight.could have been the last clone but who really knows.Ben would never use the power thinking he does not have to be responsable for his actions.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Good Use of a New Location

    by DeeJay

    While I don't expect the character to last for very long, I hope that this is a sign that Marvel is looking to spread their heroes out around the 50 states (and maybe the world) mores than before now.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    Wow, it's like the 90s never ended!

    by cerberus

    We made it through the 90s once and it damn near killed the industry with it's glut of titles no one wants to read, excessive crossovers, stupid gimmicks and bad spinoff characters. And because Marvel and DC never seem to learn anything, here we are again with a glut of titles no one wants to read, excessive crossovers, stupid gimmicks and bad spinoff characters. This guy is actually proud of creating X-23? X-23 should be tossed back into the pit of bad fanfiction Yost pulled her out of. Make no mistake, every kid who grew up in the 90s wrote a crappy story about a character that was Wolverine's son or daughter. It was almost a fanboy rite of passage in the 90s. And while we are talking about Wolverine's kids, we should toss Daken back into the pit as well. And when the industry crashes AGAIN hopefully Marvel and DC will finally learn from their mistakes.