Way back in 1978, on September 18th to be exact, the original members of KISS did the unthinkable (at least unthinkable for anyone other than KISS). They released four solo album projects simultaneously. The albums were received with mixed reactions. Fans loved Ace Frehley, were confused by Peter Criss, got what they expected with Paul Stanley, and found Gene Simmons to be the most eclectic.
I myself enjoy all four of them for different reasons, but all of the members of the KISS Army agree on one thing: The cover art was awesome! Eraldo Carugati painted all four of the covers and to this day, his work shows up on everything from t-shirts to mugs and, yes, even buttons.
Since I've been going to science fiction and comic conventions, one of my cheapest hobbies has become collecting buttons. I already have a substantial amount of them although I've only been collecting them for roughly four years. My collection includes everything from Doctor Who characters to Batman and The Flash. I also have a few custom buttons including one of Ace Frehley and another featuring Darth Maul.
I found this pack of four KISS album cover buttons at a local hobby shop. I had to get them. They are very simple, featuring nothing but the album artwork for each individual project, but they are wonderful.
I do not display my buttons, keeping them safely tucked away in a keepcase, except for when I attend a comic convention. I grab a handful of them and wear them on my camera's case strap. They receive a lot of attention and I fully intend to wear the Peter Criss button in the fall when I get to meet the original Cat himself at Mad Monster Party in New Orleans!
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Kendall Fontenot (kfontenot)
Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more