In June of 1977, Marvel Comics released a super special KISS issued "printed in real KISS blood". I bought a copy because, well, I was a 13 year old boy. Here's a look inside.
The blood was drawn by a registered nurse on February 21st, 1977 at Nassau Coliseum and has been under guarded refrigeration until the day when it was delivered to the Borden Ink Plant in Depew, NY.
Stan Lee was present as members of the band poured their blood at the printing plant.
Of course it begins with an origin story. An old guy in a yellow t shirt and fur briefs throws Gene and Paul a box. Cornered by bad guys the band hides out in a photo booth and opens the box. Inside are three wood carvings and a black star.
Smoke fills the booth and suddenly:
They've all got powers. And it doesn't take long before someone wants the so called box of Khyscz ( pronounced Kiss?)
That someone is Dr. Doom.
With the Justice League looking on, KISS win the day. At the end of the month KISS would release Love Gun, their sixth studio album.