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Yesterday was the annual Free Comic Book Day around the US and abroad. Something I was able to participate in two years in a row if you can believe that. While Free Comic Book Day is an excellent day for publishers, store owners, comic book fans and their families I wanted to “gently” remind everyone that at Ectocontainment™ every day is (cheap plug) FREE The Real Ghostbusters comic book days, brought to you by NOW and myself.

I have scanned, cleaned, and where needed restored Volume 1, Issues 1-28 of The Real Ghostbusters comics from Now Comics. (Ghostbusters Firehouse) I also scanned, cleaned, and where needed restored, albeit in 2007 The Real Ghostbusters Starring in Ghostbusters II three parter. Originally I only had the limited to 1,000 copies trade paperback. Also this year I scanned, cleaned, and again where needed restored Issue 1 of Slimer!

Going forward I will be working on and putting up the special, the 4 issues from Volume 2, and annuals from The Real Ghostbusters comics. I will also be putting up Issue 2 of Slimer! As I’ve previously talked about I don’t have every issue of Slimer! and don’t know if I will add the comics I do have to Ectocontainment.

Equipment: Ghost Detector

The second Kenner toy I wrote about was the Ghost Nabber. Although I knew it was based on the Ghost Sniffer from Ghostbusters and had been drawn as the Ghost Detector for The Real Ghostbusters, I didn’t know off hand (and I hadn’t researched it yet at the time) if the Ghost Detector had ever been used during the series. Last time I saw an episode with the Ghost Detector in it was Take Two in 2005.

Recently Ghostbusters fan Midcoast Ghostbuster clued me in that the Ghost Detector had indeed been apart of The Real Ghostbusters and proceeded to give me some information. I also heard from Ghostbusters fan Matthew (devilmanozzy) who runs the Ghostbusters Wiki about the Ghost Detector and the Wiki’s page about it.

The not as popular piece of ghostbusting equipment was seen and/or used three times during The Real Ghostbusters. It was first seen as a prop in Take Two, the season one episode where The (Real) Ghostbusters movie was being made. It was really used during the season 3 episode (“guest starring” Walter Peck) Big Trouble With Little Slimer.

With this recent information to me I’ve added a Ghost Detector equipment page to Ectocontainment and updated the Kenner Ghost Nabber write up.

Post Update: With Ecto-Containment’s evolution to an overall Ghostbusters web site, their isn’t a separate RGBs page for equipment from the series. Equipment like the Ghost Detector would be part of a “It’s Technical” part of an episode review.

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From NOW™ – October 1990

Closet Case

Story: James Van Hise

Pencils: Neil Grahame

Inks: Jim Brozman

Colors: Susan (as S.) Dechnik & Kelly (as K.) Kinsey

Letters: Joseph Allen

Art Director: Michele Mach

Editor: Katherine Llewellyn

Editor-in-Chief: Tony Caputo

Cover: Dougie Braithwaite & Dave Hine

Scanned and restored in April 2012 by Richard Roy

“Something lurks in the closet of Tommy Newkirk, something that fills him completely with terror! Something bothers Egon Spengler too, and a check-up later he learns his fears were just; when Samhain had escaped the containment unit the last time, so did another entity; the Boogieman! He’s out, and he’s looking for revenge against his favorite meal-ticket; Egon!”

  1. Reference: The Boogieman first appeared in the first season episode, The Boogieman Cometh.

The Real Ghostbusters Issue 26. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

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From NOW™ – September 1990

Ghost Train

Story: James Van Hise

Pencils: Neil Grahame

Inks: Jim Brozman

Colors: Suzanne Dechnik & Holly Sanfelippo

Letters: Joseph Allen

Art Director: Michele Mach

Editor: Katherine Llewellyn

Editor-in-Chief: Tony Caputo

Cover: Neil Grahame

Scanned and restored in April 2012 by Richard Roy

“The Ghostbusters are hired by A.R.M.O.R. (Advanced Radical Military Occult Railroad) to head through a gateway at Mount St. Helens into another dimension to retrieve their prototype ghost train. Given high tech body armor, the Ghostbusters pass through a portal and find themselves in a strange world with strange creatures…all hungry for human flesh!”

  1. Reference: Pg 10: Mr. Badge: “Years later, after the explosion of Mt. St. Helens…”

Mt. St. Helens has been an active volcano and is located in Washington.

The Real Ghostbusters Issue 25. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

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After at least a two year absence I’ve begun reviewing The Real Ghostbusters episodes again. Unlike 2008 or 2009 I will not be writing about the episodes plots almost word for word like I’m writing a report. Each episode review will have a synopsis and any of the following:

  • Thoughts and comments.
  • Technical references.
  • Facts and/or trivia.
  • Product “placement.”
  • Mistakes/goofs from an episode.

Today’s case file continues from September 1986, titled Mrs. Roger’s Neighborhood. After The Real Ghostbusters had unplugged Killerwatt the week before business has slowed down considerably. That is until a “little old lady” named Mrs. Rogers calls about her haunted house. Mrs. Rogers and her house are more then they appear.

Photo File: Mrs. Rogers with her bird Precious.

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I haven’t made a separate post for Kenner Collector in the past. It’s a web site run by Dan Flarida and John Wooten that is all about the toy company Kenner. Who as we know made many iconic and memorable toy lines, which included The Real Ghostbusters. You thought I was going to mention a certain space movie?

While I was looking at the most recent post by Dan, a link in the post lead to another site (Plaid Stallions) who has a link to Wishbook Web. A site that’s all about Christmas catalogs going as far back as the 1930s! I pursued the limited catalogs from 1987 and up to see if The Real Ghostbusters were in them. As a child of the 80s I vividly remember looking at Christmas toy catalogs. I didn’t remember as a 34 year old early The Real Ghoatbusters advertising.

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Fortunately Wishbook Web has Sears Catalogs from 1987 and 1988. Where I found three scans advertising The Real Ghostbusters toys and a sleeping bag. Also feel nostalgic for the Transformers toys that mattered.

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From NOW™ – August 1990

Carnival

Story: James Van Hise

Pencils: Neil Grahame

Inks: Jim Brozman

Colors: Suzanne Dechnik

Letters: Joseph Allen

Art Director: Michele Mach

Editor: Katherine Llewellyn

Editor-in-Chief: Tony Caputo

Cover: Neil Grahame

Scanned and restored in March 2012 by Richard Roy

“The circus is in town and the Ghostbusters are chasing a shape-shifting spook. Little do they know that elsewhere, Denita escapes a small town ruled by Master Cosmos and goes in search of help. She finds the Ghostbusters and explains to them her problem. The Ghostbusters must travel back with her to her village and release the souls of the tortured inhabitants from the power of Cosmos. But first, they need to get past his killer circus!”

  1. Reference: Pg. 3 The ghost takes a similar form of comic strip character Little Orphan Annie.

 

  1. Goof: Pg. 3: Winston’s “no ghost” logo is incomplete, no slash, no ghost, and no color.

The Real Ghostbusters Issue 24. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

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From NOW™ – July 1990

The Strength To Dream

Story: James Van Hise

Pencils: Neil Grahame

Inks: Jim Brozman

Colors: Suzanne Dechnik

Letters: Patrick Williams

Art Director: Michele Mach

Editor: Katherine Llewellyn

Editor-in-Chief: Tony Caputo

Cover: Neil Grahame

Scanned and restored in March 2012 by Richard Roy

“The Ghostbusters have some downtime and Winston decides to take his date to the Rialto Theater for a showing of “The Deathless Image.” Monsters come off the screen and abduct a rude patron, but Winston believes it to be just an innovative 3-D movie…until one of the abducted shows up at the firehouse! Now, the Ghostbusters must figure out the deadly secret behind the old movie and what Sergio Fernandez has to do with it.”

  1. Goof: Pg. 13: Egon and Winston’s ghosts in the “no ghost” logo aren’t colored in.
  2. Goof: Pg 19: Ray’s “no ghost” logo is on the opposite arm. All The Real Ghostbusters are missing the ghosts in the “no ghost” logos.

The Real Ghostbusters Issue 23. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

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From NOW™ – May 1990

Three Fabulous Stories!

Story: John Carnell (first story), Phil Elliott (second story), Andrew Brenner (third story)

Pencils: Andy Lanning (first story), Phil Elliott (second story), Anthony Williams (third story)

Inks: Stephen Baskerville (first story), Phil Elliott (second story), Cam Smith (third story)

Colors: Louise Cassell (first story), Dondie Cox (second & third story)

Letters: Hel (first & third story) Phil Elliott (second story)

Editor-in-Chief: Tony Caputo

Cover: Uncredited

Scanned and restored in March 2012 by Richard Roy

 

  1. Info: Because of the artistic situation around the time of Issue 20 (that concluded with Issue 22) this issue featured reprints from Marvel’s UK The Real Ghostbusters.
  2. Issue 21’s cover is the same as Marvel UK’s The Real Ghostbusters #50. Ecto-X is also a story in it.
  3. The cover is either a tribute or parody to Robocop’s poster.

Ecto-X!

“The Ghostbusters are busy as hell and can’t take the pace much longer. Egon, instead of enlisting more help, builds more help in the form of Ecto-X; a mechanical Ghostbuster that can track, blast and trap a spook. Soon, however, Ecto-X’s outstanding performance soon casts the Ghostbusters out of the limelight. And, if that wasn’t bad enough, it eventually turns on them!”

  1. Goof: Pg. 4: Ecto-X’s bill added up to $625.50. The total amount listed was only $125.50. An error with the original math or was a conversion done from pounds to dollars.

Reference: Pgs 7,8: Rotten Fruit Computers is either a tribute or parody of Apple Computers.

  1. Goof: Pg. 7: “It’s Egon! He took Ecto-X to a computergeist bust in Silicon Valley this morning…”

Silicon Valley is in California, of course Ghostbusters pretty much work in New York.

  1. Goof: Pg. 8: “It took possession of Robo-Buster’s memory circuits…” – Egon

Robo-Buster is a 4th season episode of The Real Ghostbusters. The character of Robo-Buster is a ghostbusting robot (equipment info stolen from the Ghostbusters’ files) built by Grossjuck Industries.

The Spooked Suit!

“The Ghostbusters get a call to deal with a ghost turning a man’s suits plaid every time he puts them on. Egon takes the suit for analysis, but realizes the spook may be more challenging than he thought.”

  1. Info: The Spooked Suit! is a story in Marvel’s UK The Real Ghostbusters #15.

 

  1. Goof: Pg. 1: Egon and Winston’s “no ghost” logo patches are on the opposite arm.
  2. Goof: Pgs 2,3: Egon’s uniform isn’t colored in 100%.

Neanderthal Nightmare!

“The Ghostbusters respond to a call that a caveman is loose in a local store. They investigate, but arrive too late.  Or, so they thought as they emerge to find Ecto-1 smashed up outside. More reports of cavemen pour in around the city, leaving the Ghostbusters with some big problems.”

The Real Ghostbusters Issue 21. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

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From NOW™ – June 1990

Wild In The Streets (Part 2 of a 2 Part story)

Story: James Van Hise

Pencils: Mark Braun

Inks: Brian Thomas

Colors: Suzanne Dechnik

Letters: Patrick Williams

Art Director: Michele Mach

Editor: Katherine Llewellyn

Editor-in-Chief: Tony Caputo

Cover: Brian Williamson & Bambos

Scanned and restored in March 2012 by Richard Roy

“Ecto-4 is destroyed, and the teleporter is with Nurtog in the Ghostbusters’ world leaving them effectively stranded. Nurtog uses his superior powers to stomp through a defenseless New York with no one but Janine and the Crime Patrol to face him. The only chance is if the Ghostbusters can use the experience of the stranded pilots in the core to help them all return home and stop Nurtog once and for all.”

  1. Info: Janine wears a Ghostbusters uniform similar in color to Egon’s. Instead of pink, the collar and cuffs are orange.

The Real Ghostbusters Issue 22. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

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From NOW™ – April 1990

War At The Earth’s Core (Part 1 of a 2 Part story)

Story: James Van Hise

Pencils: Phillip Hester

Inks: Jim Brozman

Colors: Suzanne Dechnik

Letters: Joseph Allen

Art Director: Michele Mach

Editor: Katherine Llewellyn

Editor-in-Chief: Tony Caputo

Cover: Phillip Hester

Scanned and restored in March 2012 by Richard Roy

“Nurtog is back, and he has Spike held captive! Spike manages to contact the Ghostbusters through one of Egon’s devices, and they quickly get ready to return to the Earth’s core to help him. With the Crime Patrol put on alert to handle the spooks of New York, the Ghostbusters teleport to the Core…and into the middle of a war!”

Just say no to ghost logos.

  1. Cover: Egon’s “no ghost” logo is missing.
  2. Pg 1: “No Ghost” logo is colored wrong. Also, it appears on a different section of Ecto-4 then the rest of the issue.
  3. Pg 4: Peter’s “no ghost” logo is on the wrong arm.
  4. Pgs 9,10,11: Ray is missing his “no ghost” logo patch.

Pg. 12: Egon’s hands are colored wrong. Or he’s wearing gloves.

  1. Pg 12: Ecto-4 is missing a ghost in its “no ghost” logo.
  2. Pg 14: Ecto-4 is missing its “no ghost” logo entirely.
  3. Pg. 17: Ecto-4’s logo returns without a ghost.

Info: Due to some kind of artistic problem around this time, the story in issue 20 concluded in issue 22. The next issue on Ectocontainment™ will be issue 22.

The Real Ghostbusters Issue 20. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

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