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Comic Issue
The Origin, Part Two
The Origin 02
Publication date February 10, 1999
Pages 22
Series
The Origin #2
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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
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The Origin, Part Two is the second issue of “The Origin” comic book miniseries. It was written by Dan Brereton and Christopher Golden, and illustrated by Joe Bennett.

Summary

Buffy Summers learns how to fight vampires. The vampire king Lothos gathers a large group of the undead hoping to spread evil across the Los Angeles. The rebel Oliver Pike becomes entangled in Buffy’s destiny.

Continuity

Appearances

Individuals

Organizations and titles

Species

Locations

Weapons and objects

Death count

  • Two vampires, staked by Buffy Summers.
  • One vampire, staked by Oliver Pike.
  • Zeph, killed by Benny Jacks.
  • Merrick Jamison-Smythe, who shoot himself.

Behind the scenes

Production

  • 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]
  • The illustrated cover features graves with the names of the creators involved in this comic: [Rick] Ketcham, Christopher Golden, and [Dan] Brereton. The exception was J[oe] Bennett, who has his name carved into a tree, as he “didn’t want his name on a tombstone for fear it would bring bad luck.”[1]
  • The photo cover features a promotional picture taken for Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 1.
  • 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.

Distribution

  • The Origin, Part Two was the 45º best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 40,797 sales in February 1999 at comic specialty stores.[3]

Collections

Pop culture references

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "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.
  3. “February 1999 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops”. Comichron. Retrieved August 24, 2018.