I lived in Houston, Texas for the first twenty five years of my life. We’ve had some good times. We’ve had some rough times. Truth be told I miss living there quite a bit. I was thrilled to find out that Marvel Comics was setting their newest Spider-Man spinoff, Scarlet Spider, in my home town.
Christ Yost and Ryan Stegman featured some great Houston landmarks in Scarlet Spider #1. The Port of Houston is there. There is also a Four Seasons Hotel, Park Plaza Medical Center and Highway 59 which I have been stuck in traffic on many times.
There is so much more Houston has to offer. Here are just a few of the landmarks I would love to see in the upcoming issues of Scarlet Spider.
Not only was it once considered the eighth wonder of the world but it also was featured as a supporting character in the films Brewster McCloud, Bad News Bears Breaking Training and a U2 music video. How fantastic would it be see Spidey-Kaine scaling the big old dome?
George Bush Intercontinental Airport
This airport is giant and is one of the nicest, cleanest airports I have ever traveled in. Inside are some tasty restaurants and friendly shops. It’s actually more like a mall that you can park a plane at. Seriously, I had some delicious cajun food last time I flew out of there. Don’t forget those Flag Stick Pillars. I am not sure of their purpose but some fun web slinging could be had there.
What was Once Astroworld
Astroworld has been torn down putting several teenagers and overweight security guards out of work. In its place is a giant lot where the grass has since overgrown and people tell their children to close their eyes as they drive by. What creepy monsters could exist there now? Maybe a villain made out of left over parts of the various roller coaster rides like the Sky Screamer or Batman: The Escape. What a Mayan Mindbender* that would be!
*Mayan Mindbender was also a ride at Astroworld – Tickling Timmy!
Houston Museum of Natural Science
This museum has a giant, butterfly exhibit full of giant butterflies. There are other size Butterflies too. How perfect would something like this be in a Spider-man comic. Too perfect I say.
Numbers is a dark, dirty but still wonderful music venue in Houston. Bands play there often. When there isn’t a band, they will tend to play lots of eighties hits. I stress it being really dirty. There are some things I have seen in there I wish I could erase from my memory. I’ll never forget, they would project old, found footage videos on the wall while the DJ pumped what felt like an entire album from My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. It’s an interesting place.
Those are just a handful of what Houston has to offer. I am excited to see what other surprises Yost and Stegman have up their sleeves. Keeping my fingers crossed for some Whataburger and Blue Bell ice cream.
Timmy Wood lives in New York but dreams of Houston often. Especially the Tex-Mex. He complains about New York Mexican cuisine on Twitter.