First Appearance Friday ~ KISS

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So this post is going to be a bit more on the silly side of the First Appearance Friday’s. Everyone obviously knows the merchandising juggernaut that is the band KISS. Their “brand” has been spread across a zillion different product lines from action figures, to art books, to…well…some odder shit…

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But did you know that they made their First Comic Book Appearance way back in May & June of 1977 in a silly Marvel title called Howard the Duck?!? Yeah…the same Howard that spawned that terrible movie with Lea Thompson (who I used to crush on hard). It was in Howard the Duck #12 where they had their first Cameo on the last page. The next issue, number #13 is widely considered their First Appearance as they appeared in multiple panels and pages. Today we will take a look at both issues.

But first I’ll tell ya just a bit about Howard the Duck and Kiss. Howard the Duck was created by writer Steve Gerber and penciler Val Mayerik in Adventure into Fear #19 which premiered in December of 1973. He had a few back up stories in a few other titles before snagging his own title in 1976.

KISS is s rock band from NY that formed in 1973. It consists of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss. With their make-up and costumes, they took on the persona of comic book-style characters: The Starchild (Stanley), The Demon (Simmons), The Spaceman or Space Ace (Frehley), and The Catman (Criss).

Ok. That was your lesson. Now let’s take a look at the actual books. As I mentioned earlier, they appeared in one panel of Issue #12 of Howard the Duck. Steve Gerber was the writer and Gene Colan did the art. See them at the end on the last page?!? Exciting!!!!

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Issue #13 they have a bit more happening even though it’s still extremely brief. Basically they appear in smoke and disappear, but not before whispering creepy shit to Howard who is basically tripping balls!!!

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All in all, ridiculous. But it’s KISS and it has a following. Each issue can still be had pretty cheap. Decent to high grade copies will run about $25-50 bucks. Beaters only fetch $5-$10. CGC 9.8’s will set ya back between $100-$150. Not too much of a hurting.

Join me next Friday where I’ll tackle a big character that will put a hurting on your wallet!!

 



 

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