The hard rock super team of The Demon, Starchild, Spaceman, and Catman are back in a new ongoing series from IDW Publishing, beginning in June. The latest incarnation of "Kiss" in comics will be written in alternating arcs by IDW Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz, with Jamal Igle and Casey Maloney switching off on art. The series will take a superhero approach to the costumed personas adopted by the original Kiss lineup of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, with humans throughout history accepting the power of the Kiss talismans. The band has made multiple comic book appearances since its formation in 1973, first in a series from Marvel Comics and most recently in a four-issue arc in the pages of "Archie." Comic Book Resources caught up with Ryall, who is writing the first arc of the new "Kiss" series, about IDW's plans for the iconic rockers.
Ryall's long history as a Kiss fan helped form an enthusiastic appreciation for the band that would form the foundation for acquiring the comics license. "Kiss was one of the first bands I ever listened to," Ryall told CBR News. "I had an older brother and we had to share a room, so as the younger brother I had no say over the music we listened to or what comics I was allowed to read. In fact, in that regard, I was only allowed to collect things he didn't buy. He called dibs on 'Spider-Man,' so I was given things he didn't care about like 'Fantastic Four.' It was a total monarchy in that bedroom, and every night we'd listen to Kiss, all [through] growing up, all throughout my childhood. So I got into it early on -- the stuff you listen to every day, the stuff your brother likes you somehow want to like, too.
"I was all into it, too, the Kiss magazines he had and the 'Kiss Meets Phantom of the Park' movie that aired on TV, and from there all the action figures, and it all just went on from there."