Saturday, November 28, 2015
Crossover Cover: Vampirella vs. Fluffy the Vampire Killer
Vampirella goes undercover as a teacher at a high school to investigate a series of teen murders, and winds up working with a vampire-slaying student named Fluffy. “Fluffy” is a thinly-veiled parody of Buffy Summers of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and therefore it can be assumed in creative mythographic terms, she is indeed Buffy. However, the death of “Fluffy’s” friend “Sallow” (Willow) must be considered a distortion. The date is based on the fact the principal of the school, who is portrayed as Vampirella’s ally Criswell, states the previous principal was eaten. Two Sunnydale High principals were devoured: Robert Flutie (in the Buffy episode “The Pack”), and R. Snyder (in the two-parter “Graduation Day.”) Since the events of “Graduation Day” resulted in the school being destroyed, I have concluded Criswell’s presence is mere fictionalization and the principal is actually Snyder. Furthermore, the presence of “Fluffy’s” vampire boyfriend “Cherub” (Angel) indicates this story takes place before the temporary removal of Angel’s soul and his equally temporary death in Season 2. The high school being shut down at the end of Vampi and “Fluffy’s” adventure is another distortion, as are references to the iPhone “There’s an app for that” ad slogan, Ryan Seacrest, and Bristol Palin.