It was previously reported that KISS’ Gene Simmons had apparently filed a trademark application for the iconic “devil horns” symbol in “entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist” as well as “personal appearances by a musical artist.” Now, Classic Rock Magazine have since shared an excerpt of an older interview from issue 196 in which Simmons admitted taking the symbol from Spider-Man.
Simmons said the following:
“We laid down the templates. When you see bands rocking out in sync, that’s us. When you see bands putting up that two-fingered devil horn salute, that started with Kiss.”
“Mine came from Spider-Man doing his hand signal, as a homage to him. If you see me in photos, I’m sticking out my thumb. That’s the sign in sign language which means ‘I love you.’”
He also said the following when asked about whether or not he thought Ronnie James Dio came up with “devil horns”:
“Well, I’ve heard Ronnie say that to my face and I said, ‘God bless you.’ I mean him no ill will, but I think he’s wrong.”