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COVER HOMAGES
Blue Monday Buffy #1/2

   Hector Gomez’s cover for the Buffy Wizard Magazine #1/2 issue (1999) contains astounding similarities to Chynna Clugston-Major's promotional postcard for Blue Monday. The Comics Journal's Swipe File accused Gomez of ripping off Chynna’s work, but Buffy editor Scott Allie defended the artist, saying that because Gomez lived in South America, it was extremely unlikely he had ever seen or heard of Blue Monday. The similarities were chalked up to coincidence, but the incident was made even weirder by the fact that Chynna's husband, Guy Major, had colored the Buffy cover.

Buffy #8 Avengers

   Georges Jeanty’s cover for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #9: No Future For You (2008) spoofs the poses of Uma Thurman and Ralph Fiennes in the 1998 remake of The Avengers, originally a television series featuring secret agents in 1960s Britain.

   The story behind the cover choice lies inside the issue, where in discussing their partnership, Giles asks Faith if she would like to be the Peel to his Steed, referencing the popular British show.

Spike: Asylum #2 Usual Suspects

   Franco Urru's cover for Spike: Asylum #2 (2006) references promotional material for The Usual Suspects, a 1995 film written by Christopher McQuarrie, directed by Bryan Singer, and starred Kevin Spacey.

Buffy #15 Seven Samurai

   Georges Jeanty based his cover for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #15: Wolves at the Gate (2008) on the poster for Akira Kurosawa’s film Seven Samurai (1954). The choice of this particular film reference is echoed in the comic’s story where one of the supporting characters is killed brutally just as in the film many characters are killed.

Angel: After the Fall #1 Angel: Napalese Switcheroo

   David Messina’s Time & Space Toys variant cover for Angel: After the Fall #1 (2007) captured the pose and likenesses of Spike, Gunn, Angel and Illyrias from their final appearance in “Not Fade Away,” the series finale of Angel.

Buffy Omnibus Vol 3 Angel: Napalese Switcheroo

   The poses of Buffy and the Scooby Gang from Brian Horton and Paul Lee's cover to Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Volume 3 (2008) mimics a well-known scene from "What a Night for a Knight", the first episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Clockwise from top: Shaggy, Fred, Scooby-Doo, Velma, and Daphne.

Angel: AFter the Fall #9 The Incredible Hulk #1

   Alex Garner's cover for Angel: After the Fall #9 (2008) paid subtle homage to Jack Kirby's cover for The Incredible Hulk #1 (1962).

Buffy #17 Akira Vol. 4 Akira Vol. 4

   Georges Jeanty's cover for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #17: Time fo Your Life (2008) gives a nod to nod to Akira (1982) with Harth's concrete throne.

Angel: Smile Time #1 Hulk Collection

   David Messina’s cover for Angel: Smile Time #1 (2008) paid tribute to Bob Larkin’s painting for The Hulk Collection, released sometime in either the 1970s or 80s.

Buffy #17 Akira Vol. 4

   Georges Jeanty's cover for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #21: Harmonic Divergence (2009) mimics Chris Bachalo's 1999 cover for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol. 1 #10.

Angel: Smile Time #2 Fight Club

   David Messina’s Angel: Smile Time #2 (2009) cover was inspired by the poster for Fight Club (1999), which starred Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.

Buffy MySpace Winner: Robin Balzer Buffy #4

   Georges Jeanty’s cover for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #25: Living Doll (2009) depicting a smirking Buffy holding a doll-sized Dawn in the palm of her hand is an homage to Jo Chen cover for #4: The Long Way Home (2007), where a giant size Dawn held Buffy in the palm of her hand.

Prototype #1 Spike: Asylum #4

   Darick Robertson's cover to WildStorm's Prototype #1 (2009), based on the multiplatform Activision video game, pays homage to Franco Urru's cover for Spike: Asylum #4 (2006).

Buffy: Smile Time #3 Angel Season Five Advertisement

    David Messina’s Angel: Smile Time #3 (2009) cover presents a "Smile Time" puppet take on the The WB network's promotional campaign for the fifth season of Angel, which featured David Boreanaz and James Marsters.

Angel #25 By Sam Shearon A CLockwork Orange

   Sam Shearon’s retailer incentive cover for Angel #25 (2009) was inspired by A Clockwork Orange, a 1971 satirical futuristic film adaptation.

retailer incentive cover for Angel #25 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike and Dru TPB

   The photo retailer incentive cover for Angel #25 (2009) uses the same stock photo as Dark Horse's Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike and Dru TPB (2001).

Buffy homage to Howling Commandos #12 Howling Commandos #12

    Geroges Jeanty's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #29: Retreat (2009) pays homage to Marvel Comics' Sgt. Rock and the Howling Commandos #12 (1963) by Dick Ayers.

Buffy homage to Action Comics #1 Action Comics #1

    Georges Jeanty's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #32: Twilight (2010) pays homage to DC Comics' Action Comics #1 (1963) by Joe Shuster.

Buffy homage to Amazing Spider-Man #289 Amazing Spider-Man #289

    Georges Jeanty's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #33: Twilight (2010) pays homage to Marvel Comics' Amazing Spider-Man #289 (1987) by Tom Morgan.

Buffy homage to Action Comics #568 Action Comics #568

    Georges Jeanty's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #34: Twilight (2010) pays homage to DC Comics' Action Comics #568 (1985) by Howard Bender and Jerry Ordway.

Buffy homage to Uncanny X-Men #138 Uncanny X-Men #138

    Georges Jeanty's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #35: Twilight (2010) pays homage to Marvel Comics' Uncanny X-Men #138 (1980) by John Byrne.

Buffy #36 in New Moon Twilight: New Moon

    Georges Jeanty's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #36: Last Gleaming (2010) pokes fun at the film franchise to use the name 'Twilight', New Moon (2010).

COVER VARIANTS

Angel #1 Tower Exclusive Edition Silver Logo Variant Cover Buffy the Vampire Slayer #17  Purple Foil Logo Valentine's Day edition Angel #3 Valentines Day Edition Purple Foil Logo
Angel #7 Red Logo Variant Buffy the Vampire Slayer #21 Red Logo Variants  

   The relaunch of Buffy Season Eight and IDW’s various Angel mini-series have seen multiple variant covers for each issue, but Dark Horse’s original Buffy and Angel comic series only had a handful of variant covers that featured new original art.

   Jeff Matsuda did a “Tower Exclusive Edition Silver Logo Variant Cover” for Angel Vol. 1 #1 (1999).

   Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol. 1 #17 featured a Purple Foil Logo Valentine's Day edition that connected with the Angel #3 Valentines Day editions (Purple Foil Logo and Red Foil Logo) both drawn by Jeff Matsuda (2000).

   Christian Zanier drew variant covers for Angel #7 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol. 1 #21, which both featured Gold and Red Logo variants (2000).

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #25 Buffy the Vampire Slayer #50
Tales of the Vampires #5 Angel After the Fall #7
Angel After the Fall #10 Angel After the Fall #11

   Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol. 1 #25 (2000) by Jeff Matsuda, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol. 1 #50 (2002) by Brian Horton and Paul Lee, Tales of the Vampires #5 (2004) by Brian Horton and Paul Lee, Angel After the Fall #7 (2008) by Rebecca Wrigley, and Angel After the Fall #10-11 (2008) by Alex Garner are the only Buffy/Angel related media to feature wrap around covers.

 

BY THE NUMBERS (Click on the # for Artwork)

   43 Covers by Jo Chen

   40 Covers by Georges Jeanty

   34 Covers by Brian Horton and/or Paul Lee

   29 Covers Jeff Matsuda

   36 Issues by Joss Whedon

   20 Issues by Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe

   17 Issues by Fabian Nicieza

   64 Interiors by Cliff Richards


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
The Monster Guide

 

Hellmouth Central
Hellmouth Central


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