Beware! This article contains major spoilers for the original Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic book!
It’s almost time for Sabrina to cast her spell on all of us, with the highly anticipated Netflix series debuting on the witching hour this Thursday evening (that’s midnight for the mortals among us). To get us ready for the brilliant, brutal, sweet, and surreal show, Netflix has shared the incredible animated credits for the new series, which include brand new art from the artist of the >Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic, Robert Hack.
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— Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (@sabrinanetflix) October 24, 2018
We spoke to the creator about some of his favorite moments and scoured the cult comics to make a list of all the references, Easter eggs, and secrets that we could find in the awesome opening for this spooky show.
The Bloody Mouth
The Sabrina opening greets us with a bleeding smile. Fans of the comic book might recognize this from one of its most harrowing moments. You can find it on page 14 in issue #4, but beware because it includes a huge spoiler for the sequential story arc, which we’ll get into later…
The next iconic moment is taken straight from the cover of issue #3, a vital installment of the comic that sees Sabrina undertake her unholy baptism.
The Eyes of Madam Satan
One of the most vital relationships in both the book and the comic is the one between Sabrina and Madam Satan. Though the satanic antagonist has changed in the adaptation, there’s no mistaking her voracious gaze from issue #3 page 13 as she looks down over Kiernan Shipka’s Sabrina and Ross Lynch’s Harvey—part of a cast that Hack called “the best in the world”—both redrawn by Hack himself.
Accompanying the credit for Lucy Davies, we get a couple of cool comic book nods including a terrifying spider on the left hand side of the screen. It’s one of the creepiest panels from page 12 of the original issue, in which Hilda transforms into a giant spider to scare a young girl named Adeline Hubbard who’s been bullying Sabrina.
Hilda and Zelda
In the same moment, we get this brilliant rendering of Hilda that comes straight from issue #7 page 26, as Hilda and Zelda face down with Sabrina’s father Edward. But as with anything to do with the erstwhile Spellman men, you can’t be sure that the version of his sisters that he’s portraying is the real one. This panel also comes into play later as Miranda Otto’s credit utilizes the illustration of Zelda.
Issue #8 page 16 holds the next Easter egg from this credit, which fearsomely flies in from “Part Two of the Witch War” and sees a demonic Hilda attempt to take control of a resurrected Harvey, who may or may not be possessed by a familiar and violent spirit.
The True Face of Madam Satan
Michelle Gomez is a complete powerhouse, and her character Madam Satan is one of the most fearsome antagonists that Sabrina has to face. Alongside her credit, we get a glimpse at the last page of issue #1, which showcases the true horror behind the beauty of Madam Satan.
The Blood Moon
One of our favorite moments in the opening is the introduction of Tati Gabrielle, Adeline Rudolph, and Abigail Cowen’s Weird Sisters, which is set against the background of the phases of the blood moon from issue #3 page 18.
The Spellman House
The Spellman Mortuary/House is a massive part of the show’s plot, and in the opening we get this ominous image of Sabrina’s aunts leading her to her new home. This striking shot is a panel from page 14 of the very first issue.
We get to see Ross Lynch’s Harvey in this animated introduction, but we also get to revisit Hack’s original vision for Sabrina’s love interest with this illustration of Mr. Kinkle in full football regalia from issue #3 page 16.
Madam Satan Emerges
Though Harvey is the focus of the shot, there’s also a vital glimpse of Madam Satan when she first emerges from the depths after being accidentally resurrected by some familiar faces from Riverdale. Her shadowy visage can be seen in the left-hand corner and you’ll probably recognize it from issue #1 page 26.
There’s a reason that Harvey and Madam Satan appear together and this next horrifying addition is why. In the comics, Madam Satan plays a huge part in the demise of Harvey Kinkle, and the credits go bold by just directly including the grim embrace from issue #4 page 8.
The Weird Sisters
One of the moments that Hack told us he was most happy to see come to life in the animated opening was this trippy triptych that portrays the Weird Sisters. From issue #7 page 22, the panel comes as Edward Spellman attempts to discern his future and visits the wisely wicked witches for help.
These nightmarish skeletal and tentacled jellyfish play a pivotal role in the afterlife of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The ghoulish creations ferry lost souls and first appear in issue #8 with one of their most memorable panels on page 16.
A Deadly Embrace
After Harvey and Madam Satan share a violent kiss, she holds his languid body aloft to showcase her handiwork and her bloody smile. This brutal snapshot is from issue #4 page 12 and reveals one of the most pivotal moments from the comics.
Madam Satan and Special Guests…
This moment is particularly interesting for a very cool reason: the original panel that appears in issue #5 page 4 stars none other than Betty and Veronica, who in the comics are the ones who resurrect the succubus known as Madam Satan.
The opening really starts to get into some of the iconic covers from the series from this point on, including this shot of Sabrina from the cover of issue #5. The original image showcases Sabrina floating on a bloodied background holding a broom.
When we asked Hack to pick his favorite reference from the opening, he revealed that he was incredibly excited about the inclusion of the cover from issue #1. Not only is it a great image, but Hack let us in on a secret—the cover was inspired by the original cover of V. C. Andrews creepy classic Flowers in the Attic.
Sabrina and the Skull
Probably one of the most recognizable images from the credits is this variant cover from issue #1. The brilliant collage features numerous characters and even manages to graft in another comic book reference…
Attached to the iconic variant cover from issue #1 are Ambrose’s snakes that he introduces Sabrina to in issue #1 page 17. The pair are called Nag and Nagina, and were allegedly gifts from Uncle Rudyard.
Sabrina is the Skull
Another cover that pops up is this creepy design from issue #8. We don’t know about you, but to us it seems very reminiscent of the iconic artwork for the Misfits’ “Die, Die Die My Darling” single.
Of course we can’t forget Sabrina’s roots, and we get a brilliant throwback to Dan DeCarlo’s classic Sabrina from all the way back in 1962’s Madhouse #22!
Sabrina Walks Home Alone at Night
We get our final comic book treat as the titles roll, and comic fans will immediately recognize that it’s the cover of issue #2, which sees Sabrina walking home against a blood red sky.
Did you catch all of these, or any others? Let us know!
Images: Archie Comics
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