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Post Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:03 am

Dennis Woloch on the Destroyer comic

Here's an interview I did with Dennis back in 2011 about how the Destroyer comic was an inspiration for the Unmasked artwork.
Hope you enjoy it.
https://youtu.be/G_eEaW3ihBE
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Post Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:50 am

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I found this interesting.
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Post Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:26 am

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Me too, nice to know a bit more about the origin af the artwork.
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Post Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:01 am

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Wow, 38 years or so of being a fan and this is the first time I've heard of or seen that comic strip ad for Destroyer.

How cool would it have been if they would have included a color version of that comic with the original album?
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Post Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:24 am

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Cool! I've never seen that comic strip ad either.
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Post Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:34 am

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I took some screenshots as the clip played and stitched them together

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Post Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:59 pm

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Wow, I've been a fan for over 40 years and I've never once heard any mention of a Destroyer comic ad. Definitely a precursor to the Marvel comics as well as Unmasked.

As mentioned above, it should've been included with Destroyer (as the record sleeve perhaps?)
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Post Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:08 pm

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No, I'd never previously heard of this advert until this clip. But this clip is about 7 years old in itself or something? Weird it's only surfacing now on the FAQ. And Wooloch is right, it's not a great attempt at a comic strip, but definitely a precursor.

I'd like to get a timeline on this - I wonder how far in advance of the artwork for Destroyer being completed was this advert penned?

It also gives an insight into the general direction of the band. They were really going for the superhero thing right from Alive! weren't they? Those Alive! letters were the starting point, and Destroyer (the album, the stageshow, this advert), really pushed the characters of the band to new heights (lows?).

**edit** Actually, this advert looks like its promoting the tour, not the album.
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Post Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:14 am

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Where's Drago? wrote:No, I'd never previously heard of this advert until this clip. But this clip is about 7 years old in itself or something? Weird it's only surfacing now on the FAQ. And Wooloch is right, it's not a great attempt at a comic strip, but definitely a precursor.

I'd like to get a timeline on this - I wonder how far in advance of the artwork for Destroyer being completed was this advert penned?

It also gives an insight into the general direction of the band. They were really going for the superhero thing right from Alive! weren't they? Those Alive! letters were the starting point, and Destroyer (the album, the stageshow, this advert), really pushed the characters of the band to new heights (lows?).

**edit** Actually, this advert looks like its promoting the tour, not the album.

Yes, I did the interview in 2011 for Sweden Rock Magazine and it also ended up in my book "Kiss - Den osminkade sanningen" in 2013. I put it up on youtube yesterday. I didn't know of the comic ad back in 2011 when I talked to Dennis, or so I thought. Later, when I flipped through my Destroyer press kit that I've had since the 90's, there it was in the bio. The photo I used in the clip is that one.
Then one guy, I don't know if he's on this board and I don't know if he wants his name mentioned, recently posted in a Facebook group the four page ad "from a 1976 issue of 'Performance' industry type slim magazine/booklet". It's about the "all new show". The comic is here divided like a mag in itself, where the Destroyer cover is the cover announcing a new tour, the spread is most of the cartoon, but the very last frame of the exploded city is bigger and stands by itself on page four - the back cover, so to speak.
He also has the ad in a Rock Scene magazine from 1976. Possibly November 1976. That's why I posted this interview from 2011 the other day.
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Post Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:27 am

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Very very cool. Thanks so much for sharing the imagery and the info.
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Post Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:53 am

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Never seen that before! Love it!
Thanks for posting!
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Post Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:16 pm

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Is he ever gonna collect this kind of stuff into a book release?
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Post Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:05 pm

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KISSFACE wrote:Is he ever gonna collect this kind of stuff into a book release?

He once told me he's not interest in this, that he rather just give interviews and share his memory with the fans this way. Hopefully, he will change his mind.
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Post Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:14 am

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I have that photo as part of my Destroyer press kit. I believe it's the initial concept of how the Destroyer tour was to be presented.
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Post Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:44 am

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That's wonderful! The nerdy side of me (which is pretty much all of me) always wondered if there might be a story behind the "city" on the most iconic Kiss cover ever.
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Post Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:48 am

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Wow, awesome!
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Post Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:55 am

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Count me in as another who had never seen that comic. That’s just another reason why I love the FAQ. Always something new to learn about my favorite band.
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Post Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:43 am

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Great find!


..so is it now safe to say that "Destroyer" was a concept record after all?
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Post Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:07 am

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Eddie Van Hazel wrote:Great find!


..so is it now safe to say that "Destroyer" was a concept record after all?


You probably could make a pretty respectable case for it.
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Post Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:53 am

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Australia1980 wrote:I took some screenshots as the clip played and stitched them together

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First time I see this too :shock:
Very cool :)
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Post Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:19 am

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Eddie Van Hazel wrote:Great find!


..so is it now safe to say that "Destroyer" was a concept record after all?


I've asked both Paul and Gene this. Their answer is "no".
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Post Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:10 am

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Carl Linnaeus wrote:
Eddie Van Hazel wrote:Great find!


..so is it now safe to say that "Destroyer" was a concept record after all?


I've asked both Paul and Gene this. Their answer is "no".


Ah, that's a pity. Lots of untapped merchandising potential there.

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