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KISS Kompendium Hardcover – 1 Dec 2009

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  • Hardcover: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; 1st Edition edition (1 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061728195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061728198
  • Product Dimensions: 32.4 x 21 x 7.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 661,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In '77, blood from each member of the rock band KISS was drawn by a registered nurse and poured into vats of red ink used for printing the band's first comic book. It was created by Marvel legend Stan Lee and was the beginning of a hugely successful KISS comic book franchise. All are now out of print.

Now, for the first time, the KISS Kompendium combines the most breathtaking KISS comic books into a lush oversized collector's compilation. Brought to life by graphic illustrations as riveting and hardcore as the band's real-life fire-breathing line-up, the Demon (Gene Simmons), Starchild (Paul Stanley), and the other band members' superhero alter egos defeat evil in over 1200 pages of stunning KISS comics!

This is a book authorized by KISS. KISS founding members Gene Simmons, a rock legend and star of A&E's Family Jewels, and Paul Stanley have contributed the forewords to this. The book also includes exclusive never-before-seen backstage photos from KISS' newest tour along with commentary by the band-members.

This is a must-have for every KISS fan eagerly awaiting the band's new album, their first in over 10 years, and a perfect holiday gift for comic-book lovers to pour over time and time again.

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Known as rock's ultimate showmen, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons founded the hard rock supergroup KISS in the early 1970s. Since then, KISS has sold more than eighty million albums and performed more than two thousand shows around the world, and is still touring today.



Known as the fire breathing, blood splitting and larger than life co-founders of hard rock super group KISS, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley founded the band in the early 1970s. Since then, KISS has gone on to sell over 80 million albums and to perform over 2,000 shows around the world. Currently preparing their new album, the band is still touring and performing today. Gene Simmons also stars in A&E's hit reality show, Family Jewels. He is the author of Sex Money Kiss, Kiss and Make-Up, Ladies of the Knight, Kiss and Tell, and Kiss: The Early Years, which he co-wrote with Stanley.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Poustie on 14 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a KISS fan and collector and not as a comic fan. I have never enjoyed comics in my life....at least up until now! As all kids, I read a few comics in my childhood, but grew up and have never considered reading one ever since. I bought Kompendium expecting to just enjoy flicking through and looking at the art, rather than reading stories. Kompendium is massive, weighs more than KISSTORY and is filled with lavish art. The first three comics contained are the two Marvel comics from the '70's and KISSNation, which Marvel released at the time of the reunion. I did not read these, as I have read the two '70's Marvel comics before and they were typcial comics as far as I was concerned, not very interesting, not very enjoyable, and not particularly impressive visually. After the Marvel comics you have the one-off comic that was included in "KISSTORY" - again, I have not read this - it looks somewhat childish.

Next up are all 31 issues of the "Psycho Circus" comics released by Image/McFarlane. Browsing through the incredible art contained in the Psycho Circus comics, I decided to start reading the first part of the series and was immediately gripped. This is nothing like comic books I remember. The story is fantastic - as good as a novel. The dialogue is not your typical "comic-speak" it really is like reading an imaculately illustrated novel. It is that good. I have so far read up to issue 15 "Tale of the Fox II" and I am totally in awe of this story and don't want it to end. It really is the work of a genius. The art is sensational, with incredible attention to detail and lots of little, subtle KISS references thrown in, along with the more obvious.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mark eliot on 10 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a truly lovely book, it weighs a ton but contains all the classic Kiss cartoons, of which the Psycho Circus series are probably the most satisfying for storyline,art and contemporary feel. The whole piece I confess to being thrilled with, even at my age! A top present for any Kiss fan!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Domino on 9 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This 'Kompendium' is a mind blowing compilation of art work. It is a must for KISS and Comic Book fans alike. I was surprized at the physical size of the book. It is excellent value.
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