Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Kisser #1 Vol. 1 (KISS Fanzine '76)

Jumping forward in time from the 50's and 60's with a rare relic from my somewhat extensive collection of 1970's KISS memorabilia-- it's "America's 1st and ONLY" (at the time) Kiss Fanzine! Kisser #1 Vol. 1 came out in 1976, shortly after the great Rock 'n Roll Over album was released, and everything about this zine is super lo-fi awesome in Kiss devotion. From the hopelessly inspired writing and schoolboy illustrations, to the washed-out xeroxiness of it all... those involved were practically just kids anyway and that's what's so endlessly great about it. Undoubtably my own first glimpse into the world of "fanzines" back in the day, and also being a rabid Kiss freak (aka card carrying member of the Kiss Army), this was totally appealing to me because it was so relatable to the type of stuff that me and my own midwest chums were also doing at the time, (but minus the printing / publishing.) Kudos to original editor Randy Paul and production man Greg Kline for all their hard work!

Kisser STILL Rocks!














Learn more by checking out Randy Paul's website devoted to the KISSER Zine-- just kiss, er... click HERE!

7 comments:

Mykal Banta said...

Karswell: God, one look at that cover makes me want to cry in nostalgia and outright love for the raw devotion and enthusiasm of the thing. The way everything is hand drawn – from the banner to the “No. 1 still 75¢” (I think it’s the “still” that I love the most). Can you imagine how long that took? Seeing this kind of rocking awesomeness makes me hate Photoshop all the more.

Mykal Banta said...

Jeez, I loved it so much, I double posted!

Karswell said...

Haha, thanks Mykal... and yes I know EXACTLY what you mean about photoshop. I'm partial to Paul's chest hair on page 2!

Anonymous said...

As a fan of Kiss and fanzines I have to say thank you so much for posting this! It is such a great piece of rock and roll history.

Ron

prof. grewbeard said...

(sigh)no more fanzines, just blogs now...

Karswell said...

My pleasure Anon, thanks for checking it out. And I hear ya Prof... wah.

Something Spooky up next...

Anonymous said...

I'm curious about the multi color centerfold poster. Looks like a last minute addition.... I bet they cranked them out in junior high art class.