The Spectacular Spider-Man

The Spectacular Spider-Man is a comic book and magazine series starring Spider-Man and published by Marvel Comics. Following the success of Spider-Man's original series, The Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel felt the character could support more than one title; this led the company in 1968 to launch a short-lived magazine, the first to bear the Spectacular name. In 1972, Marvel more launched a second Spider-Man ongoing series, Marvel Team-Up, in which he was paired with other Marvel heroes. A third monthly ongoing series, Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man, debuted in 1976; the Spectacular Spider-Man was a two-issue magazine published by Marvel in 1968, as an experiment in entering the black-and-white comic-magazine market pioneered by Warren Publishing and others. It sold for 35 cents when standard comic books cost Annuals and Giants 25 cents, it represented the first Spider-Man spin-off publication aside from the original series' summer Annuals, begun in 1964. The first issue featured a painted, color cover by men's adventure-magazine artist Harry Rosenbaum, in acrylic paint on illustration board, over layouts by The Amazing Spider-Man artist John Romita Sr.

The 52-page black-and-white Spider-Man story, "Lo, This Monster!", was by writer Stan Lee, penciler Romita Sr. and inker Jim Mooney. A 10-page origin story, "In The Beginning!", was by Lee, penciler Larry Lieber and inker Bill Everett. The feature story was reprinted in color, with some small alterations and bridging material by Gerry Conway, in The Amazing Spider-Man #116–118 as "Suddenly...the Smasher!", "The Deadly Designs of the Disruptor!", "Countdown to Chaos!". These versions were themselves reprinted in Marvel Tales #95–97; the second and final issue sported a painted cover and the interior was in color as well. Lee and Mooney again collaborated on its single story, "The Goblin Lives!", featuring the Green Goblin. A next-issue box at the end promoted the planned contents of the unrealized issue #3, "The Mystery of the TV Terror". A version of the Goblin story, trimmed by 18 pages, was reprinted in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #9, portions of the "TV Terror" costume were reused for the costume of the Prowler.

Both issues of the magazine were reprinted in their entirety in the collection Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man #7. The first issue was reprinted again in 2002 as The Spectacular Spider Man Facsimile as it was presented. Titled Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man on its December 1976 debut, shortened to The Spectacular Spider-Man with #134, this was the second Amazing Spider-Man monthly comic-book spin-off series, after Marvel Team-Up, which featured Spider-Man; the monthly title ran 264 issues until November 1998. The series was launched by artist Sal Buscema and Mike Esposito. Conway explained the concept and origin of the series: was in response to the fact that I had a deal to script several ongoing for Marvel at the time. Stan wanted me back on Spider-Man, in particular, but I didn't want to take Amazing Spider-Man from Len Wein, by this time the regular writer, so Stan saw it as an opportunity to launch a second Spider-Man title, something he'd wanted to do for a while....

The full, original title was "Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man." The notion was we'd focus more on the supporting characters and Peter's social life, but before we could develop that I left Marvel again, not long after that. Buscema drew the title until mid-1978. After Buscema's departure, a succession of artists penciled the series for five years. Frank Miller, who would become the artist on Daredevil, first drew the character in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #27. Scripting alternated between Conway and Archie Goodwin until mid-1977, when Bill Mantlo took over. During this era of Spectacular, the stories focused more on Parker's campus life as an undergraduate student/teacher's assistant at Empire State University and giving more attention to his colleagues than to the more long-running supporting characters in Amazing. Mantlo's first run on the title featured frequent appearances by the White Tiger, Marvel's first superhero of Hispanic descent and the first appearance of the supervillain Carrion.

He used the series to wrap up unresolved plot elements from The Champions comic book series and concluded his first run with a crossover with Fantastic Four #218. Mantlo was succeeded by Roger Stern, who wrote for the title from #43 to #61; when Stern departed to write for The Amazing Spider-Man, Mantlo returned to scripting Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man. Mantlo's second run introduced the superhero duo Cloak and Dagger, created by Mantlo and Hannigan in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #64, included a story arc which took place from issues #73–79, in which Doctor Octopus and the Owl compete for control of the New York underworld, Octopus destroys New York with a nuclear device and the Black Cat is critically injured. Issue #86 was part of the "Assistant Editors Month" event and featured a story drawn by Fred Hembeck. Al Milgrom took over scripting as well as art on the title with issue #90 and worked on it through #100. Milgrom imbued the book with a more whimsical tone, for example

Haworthia rossouwii

Haworthia rossouwii is a species of succulent plant belonging to the genus Haworthia and is classified under the family Asphodelaceae. It is native to Southern Africa, in the Overberg region of the Western Cape Province. Haworthia rossouwii is most related to Haworthia emelyae var. multifolia, which grows far to the north in the Little Karoo. Smaller forms bear some resemblance to Haworthia herbacea. Haworthia rossouwii can be confused with specimens of Haworthia mirabilis the more pale and slender varieties such as heidelbergensis, scabra and triebneriana. However, Haworthia rossouwii can be distinguished by its narrower and more numerous leaves, which are incurved at the tips, it flowers in the year than H. mirabilis, in August–September

Het Steen

Het Steen is a medieval fortress in the old city centre of Antwerp, one of Europe's biggest ports. Built after the Viking incursions in the early Middle Ages as the first stone fortress of Antwerp, Het Steen is Antwerp's oldest building and used to be its oldest urban centre. Known as Antwerpen Burcht, Het Steen gained its current name in around 1520, after significant rebuilding under Charles V; the rebuilding led to its being known first as "'s Heeren Steen", simply as "Het Steen". The Dutch word "steen" means "stone", is used for "fortress" or "palace", as in the "Gravensteen" in Ghent, Belgium; the fortress made it possible to control the access to the Scheldt, the river on whose bank it stands. It was used as a prison between 1303 and 1827; the largest part of the fortress, including dozens of historic houses and the oldest church of the city, was demolished in the 19th century when the quays were straightened to stop the silting up of the Scheldt. The remaining building changed, contains a shipping museum, with some old canal barges displayed on the quay outside.

In 1890 Het Steen became the museum of archeology and in 1952 an annex was added to house the museum of Antwerp maritime history, which in 2011 moved to the nearby Museum Aan de Stroom. Here is a war memorial to the Canadian soldiers in World War II. At the entrance to Het Steen is a bas-relief of Semini, above the archway, around 2nd century. Semini is the Scandinavian God of fertility. A historical plaque near Het Steen explains that women of the town appealed to Semini when they desired children. Inhabitants of Antwerp referred to themselves as "children of Semini". An organization concerned with the historic preservation of Het Steen and Semini, Antwerp Komitee Semini in Ere, formed in 1986, holds annual celebrations at Het Steen as cultural events. At the entrance bridge to the castle is a statue of two humans, it depicts the giant Lange Wapper who used to terrorise the inhabitants of the city in medieval times. Media related to Het Steen at Wikimedia Commons