Comic Issue
The Origin, Part Three
The Origin 03
Publication date March 24, 1999
Pages 22
The Origin #3
The Origin, Part Two
final issue in series
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,
Jeromy Cox &
Guy Major
Inker(s) Rick Ketcham
Colorist(s) Jeromy Cox &
Guy Major
Letterer(s) Ken Bruzenak

The Origin, Part Three is the third issue of “The Origin” comic book mini-series. It was written by Dan Brereton and Christopher Golden, and illustrated by 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! The final installment of the comics adaptation of Joss Whedon’s original screenplay for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer feature film. Don’t miss it![1]






  • Hemery High School Dance


Weapons and objects

Death count

  • Andy, killed by an unidentified vampire.
  • Benny, killed by Pike.
  • Lothos, killed by Buffy.
  • Unknown number of vampires, burned at the gym.

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.”[2]
  • 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.”[3]
  • Differently from other representations, at this point the comic issues had vampires also able to transform into green creatures with red eyes, pointy ears, a wide mouth, and long teeth. Although, this seems more like an artistic choice, not having direct consequence to the stories.


  • The Origin, Part Three was the 54º best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 41,136 sales in March 1999 at comic specialty stores.[4]


Pop culture references


Cover artwork


  1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Origin #3". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved January 07, 2018.
  2. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Panel to Panel"
  3. "Bronze VIP Archive for January 17, 1999". Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering. Archived on April 12, 2016. Retrieved January 07, 2018.
  4. “March 1999 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops”. Comichron. Retrieved August 24, 2018.