Buffy Comic Trivia

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Hellboy in City of Despair Hellboy in Blood of Carthage Hellboy in Past Lives

   What do Buffy and Hellboy have in common? Dark Horse’s Hellboy can often be spotted in the backgrounds of Buffy panels drawn by Cliff Richards. Instances include Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel #1/2: City of Despair, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol. 1 #23: Blood of Carthage, and #29: Past Lives. Buffy made her comics debut in Dark Horse Presents 1998 Annual, which featured Hellboy on the cover. A Hellboy look-alike also appeared in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike & Dru: Queen of Hearts one-shot.

Uncle and Jade from Jackie Chan Adventures Jeff Matsuda

   In addition to doing 29 covers for the original Buffy and Angel comic book series, Japanese-American comic artist Jeff Matsuda drew the short story “Angels We Have Seen on High,” in Reveal! #1 TPB (2002), which featured Uncle and Jade, characters he designed for the cartoon show Jackie Chan Adventures. He often included cameos of himself as well, such as in this story and on the cover of Buffy the Vampire Slayer #40: Ugly Little Monsters (the man with the bandage on his nose).

Chucky the Killer Doll Childs Play

   Chucky, the main antagonist in the Child's Play horror film series, made a cameo in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol. 1 #22: Blood of Carthage (2000) at the UC Sunnydale Annual Charity Fair. Artwork by Cliff Richards.

Ipda in Viva Las Vegas Ipda in The Devil's Footprint

   The demon Ipda from Buffy editor Scott Allie’s The Devil’s Footprint made an appearance in a demonology book being researched by Wesley Wyndam-Pryce in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #52: Viva Las Buffy (2002). For more information on The Devil’s Footprint, go here: http://scottallie.com/content/devils_footprints.htm.

Brian Lynch in Asylum Brian Lynch Angel AFter the Fall #1 Wedding Variant

   Brian Lynch wrote himself into the Spike Asylum mini-series as one of the doctors at the Mosaic Rehab facility, Dr. Ray (2006). Lynch also appeared on the Angel: After the Fall #1 Wedding variant cover (2007). Artwork by Franco Urru.

Buffy Serenity T-Shirt Firefly/Serenity Logo

   Buffy wore a shirt that featured the Serenity logo from Joss Whedon’s cancelled television series Firefly throughout Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #1: The Long Way Home (2007). Art by Georges Jeanty.

Doctor Who in No Future For You Doctor Who

   In Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #6: No Future For You (2007), a brief one-panel cameo depicts inverted versions of the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler from the long-running BBC television science-fiction series Doctor Who, standing in front of a red telephone box instead of a blue police box, outside of Giles’ London Flat. Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Joss Whedon in Spike: Shadow Puppets #4 Joss Whedon

   In Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #6: No Future For You (2007), The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.) logo appears in the background in the scene where Xander is training and speaking with Buffy. The B.P.R.D. is a fictional organization in the comic book work of Mike Mignola. Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Joss Whedon in Spike: Shadow Puppets #4 Joss Whedon Joss Whedon

   Spike: Shadow Puppets #4 (2007) featured creator Joss Whedon in a single page cameo as a lonely adult male who falls victim to the demonic Smile Time gang. Artwork by Franco Urru. Joss also made a cameo appearance in Buffy's dreamscape in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #3 (2007). Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Joss Whedon in Powers Joss Whedon

   Joss Whedon cameos continued when his likeness was used for a super powered villain in Brian Michael Bendis' Powers Vol. 3 #1 (2009) and as one of the people fleeing the scene in the Action Comics #1 homage cover for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #32 (2010). Artwork by Michael Avon Oeming and Georges Jeanty.

Daniel Craig - James Bond 007 Tina Fey Christian Bales - Pretty Women and Reign of Fire

   Buffy and Willow play a fantasy game of "Anywhere But Here," in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #10 (2008): Buffy reveals actor Daniel Craig approaching her at the beach, whilst Willow sets herself in a cabin with Tina Fey during a snowstorm. Buffy later imagines being surrounded by Pretty Women Christian Bale and Reign of Fire Christian Bale.

Jay and Silent Bob Jay and Silent Bob

   Jay and Silent Bob, fictional characters portrayed by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, respectively, in Kevin Smith's View Askewniverse, made a cameo appearance in Angel After the Fall #5 as demons residing in Silver Lake (2008). Artwork by Franco Urru.

Buffy Homestar Runner Kennedy Marzipan Homestar Runner Marzipan

   In Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #16: "Time of Your Life" (2008), Slayer Kennedy wears a t-shirt featuring Homestar Runner's Marzipan. Buffy creator Joss Whedon is an admitted fan of the animated Flash cartoon series. Artwork by Karl Moline.

Hugh Hefner in SPike: After the Fall #4 Hugh Hefner

   Spike took on a vampire Hugh Hefner, Editor-in-chief of Playboy, in Spike: After the Fall #4 (2008). After killing Hefner, Spike took over the Playboy Mansion and wore his silk pajamas. Artwork by Franco Urru.

Andy DIck in Buffy #21: Harmonic Divergence Andy Dick

   Comedian Andy Dick made a brief but memorable appearance in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #21: Harmonic Divergence (2009), where he is bitten by Harmony, the bubblegum cheerleader vampire, who gets caught in the act by paparazzi cameras. Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Anderson Cooper and Harmony Kendall Anderson Cooper

   Anderson Cooper, American journalist and primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360° appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #21: Harmonic Divergence (2009), leading the questioning charge against the Slayers. Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Westerberg Everybody's Dead Chris Ryall

   Westerberg from Brian Lynch's "Everybody's Dead," made an appearance in the conclusion of Angel After the Fall #16 where he revealed to Angel that was now a celbrity. IDW editor Chris Ryall made a wordless cameo on the same page as a spectator. Artwork by Franco Urru.

 

Watchmen in Buffy Watchmen

   Slayer Kennedy wears a Watchmen t-shirt in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #22: Swell (2009), when she gets sucker punched by a possessed Satsu. Artwork by Georges Jeanty. Watchmen is a twelve-issue comic book limited series created by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, who used the story as a means to reflect contemporary anxieties and to critique the superhero concept.

Westerberg Everybody's Dead Everybody's Dead

   Larry King, an American television and radio host appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #22: Swell (2009), interviewing Harmony about how persecuted vampires are. Artwork by Georges Jeanty. This scene was recreated in the trade paperback collection for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight: Predators & Prey TPB. Artwork by Jo Chen.

Westerberg Everybody's Dead Chris Ryall

   Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #22: Swell (2009) also featured Kennedy wearing a shirt with Animal from The Muppet Show. Iyari Limon, who played Kennedy on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has been photographed at fan conventions wearing an Oscar the Grouch t-shirt (another Muppet character). Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Westerberg Everybody's Dead

   The cover art to David Bowie's "Aladdin Sane" (1973) is featured on the t-shirt of a Slayer Buffy and Andrew rescue in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #23: Predators and Prey (2009). Artwork by Georges Jeanty. Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Pink Floyd in Buffy #25 Dark Side of the Moon

   Pink Floyd's music album "Dark Side of the Rainbow" (1973) appeared as poster in Dawn's ex-boyfriend Kenny's room in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #25: Living Doll (2009). Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Yoda in Buffy #25 Yoda

  Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #25: Living Doll (2009) also saw the Star Wars character Yoda cameo as a magical totem statuette. Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Nowhere Man in Buffy #25 NoWhere Man Giles wears yellow Submarine

   A character from Yellow Submarine, a 1968 animated feature film based on the music of the Beatles, Jeremy Hilary Boob Ph.D (The "Nowhere Man"), appears as a gremlin in  Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #25: Living Doll (2009). Giles sports a jumper with a Yellow Submarine design in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #6: No Future For You (2006). Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Andrew Wears Boba Fett Boba Fett Hoodie Dollhouse's Topher Wears Boba Fett

   Andrew Wells showed off his Star Wars cred in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #26: Retreat (2009) by wearing a Boba Fett sweatshirt designed by Marc Ecko. The hoodie was also sported by the in-house lab tech character Topher in Whedon’s latest show Dollhouse in the episode “Haunted." Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

 

Wicked in Buffy #26 Wicked

   Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire based on L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz appears on Willow's nightstand in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #26: Retreat (2009). Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Stephen Colbert in Harmony Comes to the Nation Stephen Colbert

   MySpace Dark Horse Presents #26's "Harmony Comes to the Nation" (2009) featured a fictional interview for The Colbert Report where Harmony lays out her ambitions with Stephen Colbert. Artwork by Karl Moline.

Giles Wears the Sex Pistols Sex Pistols

   When Andrew wakes up Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #27: Retreat (2009), he finds the Watcher sleeping in t-shirt sporting the "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" album cover. The Sex Pistols were a highly influential and controversial English punk band. Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Andrew Wears Stormtrooper Stormtrooper Hoodie by Marc Ecko

   Andrew continues to show off off his Star Wars cred wearing a Storm Trooper hoodie from Marc Ecko in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #27: Retreat (2009). The panel also features head busts of the Xenomorph, the primary antagonist of the Alien film series as well as Hellboy. Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Buffy wears The Count The Count T-Shirt

   Continuing a trend of Sesame Street character cameos throughout Season Eight, Buffy was drawn in a purple version of an existing "The Count" t-shirt in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #27: Retreat (2009). Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Buffy Doctor Who The Doctor's Daughter

   Buffy's wardrobe from Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #32: Twilight (2010) is based on the character Jenny wears in "The Doctor's Daughter" Doctor Who episode. Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Andrew Wells Teen Titans/X-Men machine

   Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #33: Twilight (2010) contains an assortment of easter eggs, including the machine from the classic "Teen Titans/X-Men" 1982 crossover, and Andrew's "Clobberin Time" weaponized outfit, which contains elements from Star Wars, The Punisher, Captain America, and Batgirl. (2009). Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Sweeney Todd on Buffy Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd

   Sweeney Todd, the demon barbar of Fleet Street cameos as a vampire that kills a Slayer in a flashback in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #34: Twilight (2010). Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Angel saves Oceanic Airlines Oceanic Airlines logo

   The plane that Angel saves in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #36: Last Gleaming (2010) belongs to Oceanic Airlines, which is the same airline that crashed onto an island on the television show Lost. Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Buffy #38 Cover Concrete Godzilla

   Dark Horse characters, Concrete, about a normal man whose brain was transplanted into a large, stone body by aliens, and Godzilla, the Japanese movie monster both appear in the background on the cover of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #38: Last Gleaming (2010). Artwork by Georges Jeanty.

 

 


Links

Comic Book Guide to Buffy
Comic Book Guide to Buffy

 

Tales of the Slayers
Tales of the Slayers

 

Joss Whedon's Fray
Joss Whedon's Fray

 

Comic Monster Guide
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Hellmouth Central
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