Spike / Marsters

(Not about language.)

Earlier today, five tv hunks, including David Boreanaz, the Angel of Buffy and Angel — including allusions to Spangel material, slash writing and imagery that unites Angel and the character Spike sexually or romantically. Now to pick up on Spike and the actor who plays him, James Marsters.

On Spike, from Wikipedia:

Spike, played by James Marsters, is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Spike is a vampire and played various roles on the shows, ranging from villain to anti-hero. For Marsters, the role as Spike began a career in science fiction television, becoming “the obvious go-to guy for US cult [television]”. For creator Whedon, Spike is the “most fully developed” of his characters. The character was intended to be a brief villain, with Whedon originally adamant to not have another major “romantic vampire” character like Angel. Marsters says “Spike was supposed to be dirty and evil, punk rock, and then dead.” However, the character ended up staying for the second season, and then returning in the fourth to replace Cordelia as “the character who told Buffy she was stupid and about to die.”

(Spike’s background story follows in Wikipedia.)


That’s Marsters as Spike, working out.  He’s lean-hunky (in contrast to Boreanaz, who’s bulky-hunky), with notable abs. On Marsters:

James Wesley Marsters (born August 20, 1962) is an American actor and musician. Marsters first came to the attention of the general public playing the popular character Spike, a platinum-blond yobbish English vampire in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off series, Angel, from 1997 to 2004. Since then, he has gone on to play other science fiction roles, such as the alien supervillain Brainiac on the Superman-inspired series Smallville, the omnisexual time traveller Captain John Hart in British science-fiction show Torchwood, and terrorist Barnabas Greeley in Syfy’s Caprica. Marsters appeared in a supporting role in the 2007 movie P.S. I Love You. He appeared as a recurring character in the first season of the revival of Hawaii Five-0.

Marsters was born in Greenville, California, the son of a United Methodist minister and social worker. He grew up with his brother, Paul, and sister, Susan, in Modesto, California. (Wikipedia link)

Marsters is neither platinum-blond nor English (nor yobbish, nor, of course, a vampire); hey, it’s a role.

Angel can be viewed in my previous posting (image #2, and with the Winchester brothers and Spike in a fourgy in #9). Doug Wyman supplied a Spangel manip in a comment to that posting, and here’s another that I like:


Apparently, in SlashficLand, Angel usually (but not always) tops Spike. Well, Angel is taller, more muscular, and darker-haired than Spike, so in Gayland he’d usually be t to Spike’s b.

4 Responses to “Spike / Marsters”

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    From Dennis Lewis on Facebook:

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    * John Wesley Shipp

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