May 26, 1977
LOCATION : Depew, New York
Remember the time when KISS poured their own blood into a comic book?
Metalhead Marv takes us back to that time in ‘77.
1977 and KISS was the hottest band in America. The annual Gallup Poll found that the shock-rockers had become the #1 band in the land.
Smokey and the Bandit was just being released in theatres and Hotel California by the Eagles was blasting out of car stereos.
KISS had just finished their Rock and Roll Over Tour in April.
Long before the KISS condoms and the KISS Kasket, the band made a comic book with their own blood mixed with red ink.
Even back in ‘77 KISS were marketing geniuses.
Gene recalled the event:
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. We got in the 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.
Supposedly a local radio station had also some vials and intended to give them away in a contest but whether they did or not nobody knows.
Did you know…
Marvel Comics Super Special #1 was the first-ever appearance of a rock band as superheroes.
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