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Marvel Comics' Best Rock and Roll Moments

It seems though every other movie being released this summer is based on a Marvel comic book. With new editions of Captain America, Spider-man, X-men and the cinematic debut of the Guardians of the Galaxy hitting the screen, Hollywood and the Marvel Universe continue their intimate tango.

But Marvel comic books have another long-standing relationship with a different form of popular culture: rock music. Here are ten ways Spider-man and his amazing friends have infiltrated the music world. Much of these relationships were chronicled in Sean Howe's excellent book, Marvel Comics: The Untold Story which is a must read for any Marvel Zombies wanting to know which of their favorite comics were plotted on LSD.

1. The Silver Surfer, one time herald of the world devourer Galactus, was the cover boy for Joe Satriani's 1987 album, Surfing with the Alien. And in 1971, there were talks of a Silver Surfer movie starring Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson.

2. Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans, had vocal chords so powerful, his utterance of a single word could tear down mountains. Thus, it made sense renowned screamer Gene Simmons from Kiss would base his onstage costume on the Jack Kirby designed costume for Black Bolt.

3. Gene Simmons' love for comic books resulted in Kiss being the stars of their very own Marvel comic book series in 1977 where the band mixed samples of their blood into the red ink used to print the comic. For Kiss completists, their first appearance in the Marvel Universe was in Howard the Duck #7.

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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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