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"Magical Mystery Tour, Featuring the Beetles" is a short story of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine comic book series. Written by Jane Espenson and illustrated by Georges Jeanty, it was originally published on August 1, 2011, by Dark Horse Comics.


Spike leads an intergalactic bug crew though time and space in order to get back to planet Earth![1]


Spike and his crew chase a placenturian through space. When the bugs inform Spike that their chase would take about a thousand (and a half) hours, Spike impulsively fires what he believes to be a weapon. Although the bugs reveals that it is a device used to impregnate space whales, it nevertheless destroys the demon.

Through the destruction of the creature, the spaceship becomes covered in demon goo and their return to Earth was delayed. In the 62 days that Spike is stuck on the ship, he named the bugs, reads bug literature, teaches the bugs about Earth poetry (using his own poem as an example), helps them care for their offspring, redecorates the ship's interior (using the legs the bugs keep shedding), chaperones them on a dance with other alien bugs, as well as various other activities. 

The ship later arrives on Earth, where it lands on a park close to where Buffy is. Upon exiting the ship, Spike barks at nearby bystanders. He is soon spotted by Buffy, who asks if he's staying for good this time, to which the vampire replies that he only came to get a few things (toothbrush, pizza, and a change of underwear). But no need to rush, he says, looking up to the sky, since his crew can wait.




Organizations and titles[]




Death count[]

  • Unidentified placenturian, exploded by Spike's ship.

Behind the scenes[]


  • This story was originally published under Dark Horse Comics' Digital Retailer Exclusive Program, in which local comic shops would hand out redemption codes for exclusive digital comics.[1]
  • The title, as well as the title card, is a reference the 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour, which features The Beatles.


Pop culture references[]

  • Spike has an edition of the OK! British celebrity magazine in his bedroom.
  • Spike sings the lullaby "Rock-a-bye Baby" to the grubs.


Spike: "Only a week down and I already feel the tickling of other voices in the corners of my eyes. Oh, Dru, is this what it was like inside your beautiful head?"
Spike: "Your purpose is to return me to Earth as soon as possible and leave me there!"