Earlier this week, ComicBookResources.com conducted an interview with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS about the band’s collaboration with Archie Comics on a new, four-part story called “Archie Meets Kiss”. The comic follows Simmons, Stanleyand their group as they protect the comic’s regulars from an invasion of monsters.
“This whole comic book thing was invented in America. It’s really an art form,” Simmons said.
“This KISS thing of ours has grown by leaps and bounds, and we like teaming up and co-branding with iconic brands that have existed throughout the ages,” he continued. “Archie has been around for over 50 years. And if you’re going to point at something iconic that goes at a slightly different audience, you’ve got to respect something that stands the test of time. And it’s a wacky idea — KISS and Archie?”
Check out a trailer for “Archie Meets Kiss” below.
Simmons told the New York Post, “KISS is all things to all people. A five- or 10-year-old fan doesn’t look at the lascivating nature of my tongue the same way someone much older would — such a thing is not obvious to a five-year-old, and nor should it be.”
The series launched November 30 and, in the words of writer Alex Segura of Archie Comics, “brings together two pieces of Americana for the first time.”
Jon Goldwater, CEO of Archie Comics, is a self-described “crazy KISS fan, who says, “Younger kids will enjoy the magical nature while older audiences will enjoy old rock ‘n’ roll.”