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Comic Series
The Origin
The Origin 01
No. of issues 3
first last
The Origin, Part One The Origin, Part Three
January 13, 1999 March 24, 1999
Creative Team
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Writer(s) Dan Brereton &
Christopher Golden
Penciller(s) Joe Bennett
Editor(s) Scott Allie
Cover artist(s) Joe Bennett,
Hector Gomez,
Jeromy Cox &
Guy Major
Inker(s) Rick Ketcham
Colorist(s) Jeromy Cox &
Guy Major
Letterer(s) Ken Bruzenak

The Origin is a miniseries part of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic main series.

Premise

Bear witness to teenager Buffy Summers’s transformation from simple high school student to super Vampire Slayer! Follow Buffy’s trials and tribulations as she comes to accept her destined role to thwart the legions of the undead from spreading their veil of evil across Los Angeles

Continuity

Appearences

Publications

The series includes 3 issues, collected in 3 trade paperbacks.

Issues

Cover Issues Release Dates
The Origin 01 The Origin, Part One 1 January 13, 1999
Written by: Dan Brereton & Christopher Golden Artist: Joe Bennett
The comic book adaption of the cult film starts the New Year off with a bang. Adapted from creator Joss Whedon’s original screenplay, witness Buffy’s humble beginnings as the Slayer! Follow her trials and tribulations as she comes to accept her destined role, and all the vampire slaying you can handle in a three-issue series. See the original Buffy before she set fire to the red-hot television show.
The Origin 02 The Origin, Part Two 2 February 10, 1999
Written by: Dan Brereton & Christopher Golden Artist: Joe Bennett
The Origin 03 The Origin, Part Three 3 March 24, 1999
Written by: Dan Brereton & Christopher Golden Artist: Joe Bennett
Having suffered the tragic loss of her Watcher, Merrick, Buffy must now face the terror of Lothos the vampire on her own… well, not quite alone. She’s got Pike around to help her. Of course, it all goes down on the same night as the dance, and nothing’s going to keep her away from that. Not after she bought that perfect dress… she’s gonna knock’ em dead!

Collections

Cover Title Release Date
The Origin "The Origin" September 15, 1999
Written by: Dan Brereton & Christopher Golden Artist: Joe Bennett
Bear witness to teenager Buffy Summers’s transformation from simple high school student to super Vampire Slayer! Follow Buffy’s trials and tribulations as she comes to accept her destined role to thwart the legions of the undead from spreading their veil of evil across Los Angeles. Adapted from creator Joss Whedon’s original screenplay from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer feature film, The Origin updates the material to match the tone and characters of the hit television series, making this the official Buffy launching pad!
Omnibus Vol 1 "Omnibus: Volume 1" July 11, 2007
Written by: Dan Brereton & Christopher Golden Artist: Joe Bennett
The definitive comics collection of all things Buffy starts here. This first massive volume begins at the beginning — The Origin, a faithful adaptation of creator Joss Whedon’s original screenplay for the film that started it all. The newly-chosen slayer's road to Sunnydale continues in "Viva Las Buffy!" and "Slayer, Interrupted". Next, high school, the Scoobies and an English librarian lead the way into Season One continuity. Plus, The Goon creator Eric Powell provides pencils to All’s Fair, featuring Spike and Drusilla at the 1933 World’s Fair.
Classic The Origin "Classic 2: The Origin" December 21, 2011
Written by: Dan Brereton & Christopher Golden Artist: Joe Bennett
Bear witness to teenager Buffy Summers’s transformation from simple high-school student to super vampire Slayer! Follow Buffy’s trials and tribulations as she comes to accept her destined role to thwart the legions of the undead in their plan to spread their veil of evil across Los Angeles.

Behind the Scenes

  • According to editor Scott Allie, “established Buffy novelist Christopher Golden pitched an adaptation of Joss [Whedon]’s original screenplay, minus the camp of the film, and done in the style of the TV show.”[1]
  • Unlike the Buffy the Vampire Slayer film, the comic’s story is canon. About this, Joss Whedon has stated: "The origin comic, though I have issues with it, CAN pretty much be accepted as canonical. They did a cool job of combining the movie script (the SCRIPT) with the series, that was nice, and using the series Merrick and not a certain OTHER thespian [referring to Donald Sutherland] who shall remain hated."[2]

References

  1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Panel to Panel"
  2. "Bronze VIP Archive for January 17, 1999". Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering. Archived on April 12, 2016. Retrieved January 07, 2018.