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The Origin, Part Two is the second issue of The Origin comic book miniseries. Written by Dan Brereton with Christopher Golden and illustrated by Joe Bennett, it was originally published on February 10, 1999, by Dark Horse Comics.


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 Pike becomes entangled in Buffy's destiny.




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Death count[]

  • Unidentified man, drained by vampires at a clothes store.
  • Two unidentified vampires, staked by Buffy Summers.
  • Grueller, staked by Pike.
  • Zeph, bit by Benny.
  • Merrick, who shot himself.

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


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Scott Allie, Panel to Panel. Dark Horse Comics, 2007.
  2. "Bronze VIP Archive for January 17, 1999." Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering. Archived from the original on April 12, 2016. Retrieved on January 7, 2018.
  3. "February 1999 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops." Comichron. Retrieved on August 24, 2018.