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Happy New Year is the fifth issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic series. It was written by Andi Watson and illustrated by Hector Gomez.


This New Year’s Eve is going to be one to remember for the town of Sunnydale. When a cursed Puritan rolls into town, looking to break a hex placed on him centuries before, trouble follows: in the form of a giant Hellhound! Mania and mayhem ensue! Continue the adventures of the hit television show every month from Dark Horse Comics.[1]


  • As this story takes place at New Year’s Eve, it takes place before the Christmas episode "Amends" and after the return to school in "Gingerbread".



Organizations and titles



  • New Year’s Eve


Weapons and objects

  • "De Praesigis Daemonum"
  • "Dictionaire Inferal"
  • "Witch Trials of the New World"
  • "Witchcraft and Demonology: The Idiot’s Guide to Alchemy"
  • Crossbow

Rituals and spells

  • Black-dog curse (Only mentioned)
  • Hellhound curse (Only in flashbacks)

Death count

  • Mariana and Ben Johnson, burnt at the stake for witchcraft (in flashback).
  • Nathaniel Filmer and Mangus, fell from a church tower.

Behind the scenes


  • The photo cover features a promotional still taken from episode "Welcome to the Hellmouth".
  • 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.
  • The Bronze, differently from the TV show, appears as a large building in city centre, and has a sign identifying it as “Bronze Club”.


  • Happy New Year was the 37º best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 48,288 sales in January 1999 at comic specialty stores.[2]

Goofs, bloopers & continuity errors

  • Sunnydale is mistakenly written as “Sunnyvale” in some dialogues.


Pop culture references


Cover artwork



  1. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5”. Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved January 08, 2018.
  2. “January 1999 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops”. Comichron. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
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