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Was A KISS Comic Book Really Printed With The Band’s Blood?

Yes, it’s absolutely true…in 1977 when Marvel Comics issued the first Super Special KISS comic book the band did not want to pass up on a strange marketing opportunity to sell more issues.

As Gene Simmons recalled:

“As the KISS comic book project moved along, someone came up with the idea of putting real blood in the ink. It wasn’t me — maybe it was Bill [Aucoin] or Sean [Delaney]. We got into a DC3, one of those big prop planes, and flew up to Buffalo to Marvel’s printing plant, where they pour the ink and make comic books. A notary public actually witnessed the blood being drawn.”

Sure enough, KISS members allowed their blood to be drawn during a concert stop, and they later flew up to New York to be photographed adding their vials of donated blood to a barrel of red ink. A notary public duly certified the authenticity of the process, and the notarized document was made available as the “KISS comic book contract”.

The monumental first issue was called KISS Marvel Comics Super Special! #1 and it quickly became Marvels best-selling comic book ever!  Realizing this was a major event in the comic book industry, Marvel opted not to print the KISS comic in standard comic book size and decided instead to release it in the much larger magazine size format.  The forty page book featured the origin of KISS and an epic battle between KISS and Dr. Doom plus never before published KISS photos and features. 

The promotional stunt paid off. The first KISS comic broke every comic book sales record imaginable and soon became the biggest selling comic book of all time. KISS Marvel Comics Super Special! #1 would hold that distinction for fifteen years until it was dethroned by Todd McFarlane’s, Spiderman #1 in 1990. 

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Kiss Finally Get The Cover of Rolling Stone

Forty years after the release of their debut album, Kiss have finally made the cover of Rolling Stone. Marking the band’s upcoming introduction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the cover image is a classic 1975 photo of the band’s original lineup: Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, plus Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, who were both gone from the band by the early Eighties.

The cover story, by Rolling Stone senior writer Brian Hiatt, tells the sad, hilarious and triumphant story of one of the biggest rock bands ever, taking an in-depth look at the founding members’ lives and careers.
The issue will go on sale Friday, March 28, 2014 and online tomorrow, March 26, 2014.

Read more HERE.

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