Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley first drew up the band's ubiquitous logo on a poster outside of a club the masked group was scheduled to play early in their career.

Frehley’s plan was to make the “SS” look like lightning bolts, and to most eyes, that's exactly how it came out. Unintentionally, the letters also bear a resemblance to the logo employed by the German Nazi-era Schutzstaffel (or "SS"), which eventually meant that the band has to use a modified logo in that country.