Buffy Comic Trivia

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Buffy  the Vampire Slayer#8: The FInal Cut Supernatural Defense Kit

   Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol. 1 #8: The Final Cut (1999) was expanded in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Supernatural Defense Kit with new pages by the original creative team including: Buffy fighting more vampires, dining with Angel in a graveyard where he gives her a vial of holy water, discussing said date with Willow, and an expanded fight with Fair Quinn where she uses the holy water Angel gave her. Actual elements from the story were visible through die-cut windows of the custom-crafted photo cover slipcase: Buffy's trademark gold-colored cross, the "Claddagh" ring, and a glass vial of "holy" water with flakes of silver suspended in the fluid. Cover artwork by Randy Green.

Target: Jonathan Comics Jonathan Superstar

   ”Superstar,” was the 17th episode of season four of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where the nerdy Jonathan casts a spell to cause all of Sunnydale to believe that he is the titular "Superstar." A plethora of Jonathan related merchandise appeared in the episode including three comic books published by Dark Horse Comics starring Jonathan. Jeff Matsuda cranked out these drawings with Jon Sibal inking two of them and Matsuda inking the third. Dan Jackson colored all three, and Keith Wood created the logo.

   Jane Espenson, who wrote the "Superstar" episode later wrote a special Jonathan one-shot for Dark Horse which featured the same logo (2001).

Ryan Sook, Angel: Point of Order Ryan Sook, Angel: Point of Order Ryan Sook, Angel: Point of Order

   Dark Horse ran an exclusive three page Angel comic, "Point of Order" in TV Guide magazine, by David Fury and Ryan Sook (1999). The comic was reprinted in Angel: Strange Bedfellows and Other Stories TPB.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Rogues Gallery Buffy Rogues Gallery Buffy Rogues Gallery

   Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Rogues Gallery, a story by Andi Watson and Hector Gomez, was broken down into two page installments in the pages of Diamond Previews from 1999-2000. According to Buffy editor Scott Allie, the story was not archived and therefore could not be collected in the Buffy Omnibuses making it the only Buffy story not to be reprinted.

Angel: Napalese Switcheroo Angel: Napalese Switcheroo

   Dark Horse Extra #25-28 (2000) ran a strip called “The Napalese Switcheroo” by Scott Alliie and Eric Powell where Angel’s sidekick Doyle had his essence switched into a metal skull. Powell’s design of the skull came from an actual antique that sits in Buffy editor Scott Allie’s home office.

Wendy the Werewolf Stalker

   Buffy was spoofed in the DC Universe title Young Justice #33-35 (2001) with “Wendy the Werewolf Stalker,” Superboy's favorite television show. Artwork by Todd Nauk and Lary Stucker.

Buffy: Once More WIth Feeling Once More WIth Feeling

   Popular comic book artist Adam Hughes did the artwork for the 2001 musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Once More, with Feeling," of cast members Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Emma Caulfield, Anthony Stewart Head, James Marsters, Amber Benson, Michelle Trachtenberg and Hinton Battle as their Buffy counterparts.

Viva Las Buffy Promo

   Dark Horse released a promotional piece by Cliff Richards in Diamond Previews magazine of Buffy and Pike battling the undead in Vegas. The artwork, which promoted the “Year One” story in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol. 1 #51-54: Viva Las Buffy! (2002) has not been reprinted in any subsequent Buffy collection since.

Buffy: Chaos Bleeds Buffy: Chaos Bleeds for Playstation 2

   Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds, the fourth video game based on the Buffy franchise in 2003, yielded a comic book prequel published by Dark Horse. The comic was also available in the game itself as an unlockable special feature. Additionally, the comic was reprinted as part of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2005 Annual in Britain. Cover artwork by J. Scott Campbell.

Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #13 Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #13 Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #13

   The Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #13 (The Simpsons 150th issue) has Lisa Simpson arriving in Sunnydale and mixing it up as a vampire slayer. Artwork by Ian Boothby.

Buffy MySpace Winner: Robin Balzer Buffy is My Life Essay Contest

   Dark Horse Comics held a contest for one reader to be given a cameo in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #10: Anywhere But Here (2008). The winner was Jerrod Balzer, an author who wrote an entry on behalf of his wife, Robin who is a schizophrenic. Upon reading the winner's entry, Whedon decided to expand that character's role and feature her as a critical part of the story, as opposed to a simple cameo. Robin Balzer appeared in the story as well as on the variant cover with Buffy and Willow. Cover artwork by Georges Jeanty.

Joss Whedon is My Master Now T-Shirt Burge is My Master Now

   Angel: After the Fall #9 (2008) featured a gag panel of a demon modeled after Nigel 7 (from Brian Lynch's mini-series Monkey Man Unleashed) wearing a silkscreened shirt that read “Burge Is My Master Now,” a pun on the PvP “Joss Whedon Is My Master Now” t-shirts, a reference to Buffy/Angel/Firefly/Dollhouse creator Joss Whedon replacing Star Wars creator George Lucas as the new lord of geek fandom.
   To order the shirt go to: http://www.pvpstuff.com/jowhismymano.htm


Buffy Animated Buffy Animated

   The Buffy the Vampire Slayer the Animated Series was an undeveloped animated TV show based that was initially greenlit by 20th Century Fox in 2002, but ultimately went unproduced and unaired when no network was willing to buy the series. The series would have taken place in the middle of Buffy Season One.

   Joss Whedon and Loeb later revisited the style of the series in Season Eight story "After These Messages... We'll Be Right Back!" (2008) The issue’s plot is similar to one partially seen during a promo for the animated series. You can watch the four minute pilot here: http://buffyanimated.homestead.com/pilot.html.


Buffy Animated Buffy Jones Flavored Soda

   Twentieth Century Fox licensed out a motion-comic adaptation of Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, the motion comic covering the first 19 issues of Season Eight. You can view the episodes at the Apple iTunes store.

   To coincide with the launch of the motion comic, Jones Soda released 6 and 12 packs of Jones Buffy The Vampire Slayer Spellcasting soda. Flavors include: Buffy's Blue Bubblegum, Dawn's A Centaur! Root Beer, Xander's Strawberry Lime Elixir, Twilight's Old Moon Orange & Cream, Willow's Green Apple Witch's Brew, and Giles's Grape Potion. The soda is currently available for order for a limited time on the Jones Soda website.


Buffy Animated Buffy Animated Buffy Animated

   Dark Horse was set to produce a Buffy themed Tarot Card deck with painted art by Paul Lee, but it was cancelled before it was released. Cards previewed online revealed Buffy as "The Magician," "Death" featured the Grim Reapear presiding over a fallen Slayer, Angelus as "Temperance," a nude Buffy and Spike cavorting with "The Devil," Willow as "The High Priestess," a vampire being killed by "The Sun," The First Slayer as "The Fool," The Master presiding over "The Wheel of Fortune," and Buffy leaping from "The Tower."


Buffy the Vampire Slayer "Conversations with Dead People" Board

   The Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Conversations with Dead People” Board, named for an award-winning episode from Season Seven of the television series was accompanied by an exclusive, comic-style instruction book featuring sequential art by Buffy Season Eight guest illustrator Paul Lee.


Xander is Nick Fury? Invincible Iron Man #8

   In Marvel Comics Invincible Iron Man #8, a panel shows a character looking at a photograph of Nick Fury in his youth. The photograph bears a striking resemblance to Xander. Whether the resemblance was intentional or not is unknown, but Xander has been referred to as Nick Fury in the Season 8 comic due to his eyepatch. Artwork by Salvador Larroca.

Buffy: Viva Las Buffy Buffy: Slayer, Interrupted

   The trade paperback covers for “Viva Las Buffy!” and “Slayer, Interrupted” (2003) reused Brian Horton and Paul Lee’s cover artwork for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol. 1 #52 and #59 respectively, but the artists reworked the faces in both pictures to better capture Sarah Michelle Gellar’s likeness.




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