KISS Bassist Gene Simmons Seizes His Own Solo Comic Book

KISS founding member Gene Simmons's first childhood job was buying and selling comic books. He would purchase stacks of comics from people in bulk and then go through them all and find the gems worth money.It's also no secret that Simmons was a big comic book fan himself. What would young Simmons think of himself now that he's being given his very own series by Dynamite Comics?

In a prequel to Dynamite Comics's upcoming KISS comic book, Gene Simmons will be flying solo in the spin-off KISS: The Demon. The title is co-written by KISS series scribe Amy Chu (Poison Ivy) and Erik Burnham (Back to the Future, Ghostbusters). Art is being handled by the talented Eman Cassallos (Jennifer Blood, Vampirella).

"I am so excited to collaborate on The Demon with friend and fellow writer Erik Burnham. He's written a ton of great stuff: X-Files, Scarlet Spider, and Ghostbusters for Marvel, IDW, Image among others.I figured this was a great opportunity to tell a really different kind of story, and it's awesome that Dynamite is letting us do it! Our aim is to build an incredible backstory for the current KISS series, answer a lot of the origin questions like who is Mr. Blackwell? and push the envelope of the KISS comics franchise," Co-writer Chu shared.

Before Blackwell, before Morpheus, there was the MUSIC. In a small town in Iowa, three young KISS fans meet at a concert and form their own band. The trio are unaware they are about to embark on a journey that will not only change their lives, but also the fate of the world in KISS: The Demon.

"KISS has never just been a band. Our comic book history has been long and proud and has spanned decades, and now with Dynamite Entertainment, we intend to go even further. When we get a great writer and artist team, we know better than to micromanage. We stay out of the way. Everyone involved wanted to take our personas and do classic KISS comic books, and with Amy Chu writing, this will be an adventure the fans will absolutely love," Gene Simmons stated.