Kiss (comics)

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In 1977 Marvel Comics published a magazine-format full-color comic book presenting the band as superheroes. Blood from each band member was drawn by a registered nurse, witnessed by a notary public, and poured into the vats of red ink used for printing the comic at Marvel's Borden Ink plant in Depew, New York.[1] Marvel also published a second Kiss comic magazine in 1979 with much less fanfare. In 1997, Image comics began publishing Todd McFarlane's Kiss: Psycho Circus, a much darker and mystical series than the previous Kiss comics. 31 issues were published.[2] In 2002, Dark Horse comics published a Kiss comic book authored by X-Men writer Joe Casey, which lasted for thirteen issues. Each issue was released in two versions, one with a drawn cover and one with a photo cover. The first four of these stories were later collected in a graphic novel entitled Rediscovery..[3] On January 30, 2007 it was announced that the KISS Comics Group, a joint venture between Platinum Studios and the band, would launch a new comic KISS 4K with an oversized $50 Destroyer Edition, at the Wizard World Los Angeles Convention in March and with an ongoing series to follow in May by writer Ricky Sprague and artist Kevin Crossley.[4]

Kiss' first comic book appearance was in the 12th issue of Marvel's Howard the Duck in the May 1977.[5]


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