Slimer! Comics: Issue 1

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When NOW was working on The Father-Thing trilogy they were also working on a second The Real Ghostbusters comic, Slimer! Which is based off when The Real Ghostbusters series became Slimer & The Real Ghostbusters. Like the cartoon spin off Slimer! is about Slimer having an adventure with people, pets, and ghosts. And like its cartoon counterpart Slimer! establishes that Slimer has an (un)life of his own away from The Real Ghostbusters and the fire house.

I don’t own a copy of all 19 issues of Slimer! or its trade. I bought issue 2 on-line yesterday which should be on its way. I don’t have issue 3, I’ll probably buy a copy. I also don’t have issues 4 or 5. I own A LOT of Slimer! issues 6-11. As of now I don’t know if I’ll buy issues 12-19 or when I would. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll scan additional issues beyond the first three. It may depend on my schedule.

From NOW™ – May 1989

A Kindly Ghost & Ghostly Plumbing

Story: Hilarie Staton

Pencils: Dave Schwartz (story 1), Gary Fields (story 2)

Inks: Jorge Pacheco (story 1), Gary Fields (story 2)

Colors: Jorge Pacheco (story 1), Gary Fields (story 2)

Letters: Jorge Pacheco

Editor-In-Chief: Tony Caputo

Cover: Mitch O’Connell

Scanned and restored in March 2012 by Richard Roy.

  • Info: The Sedgewick Hotel featured in issue 1 is the same hotel where The Ghostbusters first met Slimer in the movie Ghostbusters.
  • Info: (from NYGB Comic Guide) An ad for Now’s Fright Night was deemed too scary for a children’s comic.

Slimer! Issue 1. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

 

When I wrote my The Real Ghostbusters Comics News entry I had incorrectly assumed NOW published the Ghostbusters II adaptation in Summer 1989. The adaptation actually came out later in the year. NOW was most likely busy with Issues 9, 10, and 11 of The Real Ghostbusters along with Slimer! issues 1 and 2. Since I said after putting up The Father-Thing trilogy I’d add the RGB Ghostbusters II that’s exactly what I did this evening/tonight.

I didn’t plan it this way, coincidentally I can honor my Uncle Joe’s memory once again as his birthday would have been coming up. Many within the Ghostbusters community don’t know this, he was my mom’s youngest brother, lived with us until I was about 4, and was more like my brother then my uncle. If it wasn’t for him, I might not have seen Ghostbusters II until it was on PPV in November 1990. Actually on Thanksgiving. Thanks mom! =)

From NOW™ – October 1989

Ghostbusters II: Issue 1, Part One: Together for the First Time

Story: Dan Aykroyd & Harold Ramis

Adaptation: James Van Hise

Pencils: John Tobias

Inks: Rich Rankin

Colors: Suzanne Dechnik

Letters: Dan Nakrosis

Editor-in-Chief: Tony Caputo

Cover: John Tobias, Patrick Owsley & Suzanne Dechnik

Originally scanned and restored in November 2007 by Richard Roy. Rescanned in October 2013.

“Five years after the Gozer bust, the Ghostbusters have been shut down for the amount of damage done to the Shandor Building. Unfortunately, Dana needs their help once again as her baby carriage with her son, Oscar, had taken off down the street by itself and stopped in the middle of First Avenue. The Ghostbusters eagerly investigate and tunnel their way through First Avenue to discover a river of slime flowing underneath the streets!”

  1. Goof: Ray’s shirt changes colors and his watch isn’t drawn on page 12.

Ghostbusters II: Issue 1. (Ecto-Containment PDF File)

From NOW™ – November 1989

Ghostbusters II, Part Two: The Slime of Their Lives

Story: Dan Aykroyd & Harold Ramis

Adaptation: James Van Hise

Pencils: John Tobias

Inks: Rich Rankin

Colors: Suzanne Dechnik

Letters: Dan Nakrosis

Editor-in-Chief: Tony Caputo

Cover: John Tobias, Patrick Owsley & Suzanne Dechni

Originally scanned and restored in November 2007 by Richard Roy. Rescanned in October 2013.

“The Ghostbusters are back in business and in full swing taking care of ghosts left and right, which keeps them from further investigating the river of slime. Meanwhile, Dana has an uneasy feeling working at the Museum lately, unknown to her that her boss, Janosz, had been possessed by the evil spirit of Prince Vigo living inside a painting. And to add to her troubles, while attempting to give Oscar a bath, both he and Dana are attacked by their slime filled bathtub!”

Info: The Real Ghostbusters have name tag patches like their movie counter parts.

Ghostbusters II: Issue 2. (Ecto-Containment PDF File)

From NOW™ – December 1989

Ghostbusters II, Issue 3 Part Three: A Big Date With Liberty

Story: Dan Aykroyd & Harold Ramis

Adaptation: James Van Hise

Pencils: John Tobias

Inks: Rich Rankin

Colors: Suzanne Dechnik

Letters: Dan Nakrosis

Editor-in-Chief: Tony Caputo

Cover: John Tobias, Patrick Owsley & Suzanne Dechnik

Originally scanned and restored in November 2007 by Richard Roy. Rescanned in October 2013.

“News Years draws closer, and Vigo has made his move. Having Janosz kidnap Oscar and luring Dana to the Museum, he encased the entire building in an impenetrable slime wall. Only the Ghostbusters could stop him now, right? Perhaps, if Lenny’s assistant Jack Hardemeyer hadn’t had them committed to the psychiatric ward of Parkview Hospital!”

Goof: (more for plot) Ecto-1A changes license plate styles on page 16.

Ghostbusters II: Issue 3. (Ecto-Containment PDF File)

From NOW™ – May 1989

Issue 9, Part One: Rising Son

Written By James Van Hise

Penciled By John Tobias

Inked By Rich Rankin

Lettered By Dan McKinnon

Colored By Barry Petersen

Cover By Gary Fields

Scanned and restored in March 2012 by Richard Roy.

“The Ghostbusters rescue a young boy from a ritual sacrifice, only to find out they’re caught up in something bigger than they ever realized. The dark forces want the boy and they’ll stop at nothing to take him from their care…including taking over New York City!”

  1. Goof: On the cover, a piece of Peter’s hair and his eyebrows aren’t colored in.
  2.  Issue 9 is the first The Real Ghostbusters issue from NOW that is approved by the Comics Code Authority.
  3. Peter references those other Ghost Busters on page 6.
  4. Shannon eats a bowl of The Real Ghostbusters cereal on page 12.
  5. A Stay-Puft billboard is part of a wall on page 24. Goof: Puft is spelled Puff.

The Real Ghostbusters Issue 9. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

From NOW™ – June 1989

Issue 10, Part Two: The Empire of The Son

Writer: James Van Hise

Penciller: John Tobias

Inker: Rich Rankin

Letterer: Kurt Hathaway

Painter: Suzanne Dechnik

Editor: Katherine Llewellyn

Editor-In-Chief: Tony Caputo

Scanned and restored in March 2012 by Richard Roy.

“New York is under the thrall of Astorath, except for the Ghostbusters protected by Shannon’s powers. Their foe too powerful, the Ghostbusters take off to look for help while their adversary is momentarily stunned, learning the demon has a weakness towards nuclear energy. However, Astorath seeks to turn this weakness into a strength as he raids a military base and arms himself with two A-Bombs…both marked for an appointment with the Ghostbusters!”

  1. Egon references Gozer on page 5.
  2. Peter references Mr. Wizard, a once popular kids science show on page 15.

The Real Ghostbusters Issue 10. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

From NOW™ – July 1989

Issue 11, Part Three

Writer: James Van Hise

Penciller: David Schwartz

Inker: Brian Thomas

Colorist: Suzanne Dechnik

Cover By: Ken Steacy

Letterer: Dan Nakrosis

Editor: Katherine Llewellyn

Editor-In-Chief: Tony Caputo

Scanned and restored in March 2012 by Richard Roy.

“The world has been saved, and the bad guy has fled. Time for the heroes to go home and relax, right? Wrong.  With Shannon in the clutches of his father Astorath, the Ghostbusters launch a full-scale rescue mission to bring him back where he truly belongs. It’s the Ghostbusters vs. a hell-dimension for the life of one boy, and this time they’ll have a little extra help!”

The Real Ghostbusters Issue 11. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

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From NOW™ – April 1989

Toad Island

Written By James Van Hise

Penciled By John Tobias

Inked By Rich Rankin

Lettered By Kurt Hathaway

Cover By John Tobias & Marc Hansen

Scanned and restored in March 2012 by Richard Roy.

“Something is amiss at Toad Island. Fish-like people are kidnapping patrons to appease something called the Deepest One. However, one of the Toad Islanders fights the calling of his people and goes to the Ghostbusters to help stop the evil at the amusement park. Unfortunately during the course of their investigation, Janine is kidnapped by the fish people, giving the Ghostbusters one more person to save!”

  1. Janine has a new hair style, similar to the one she would have in later seasons of The Real Ghostbusters.
  2. Goof: Janine becomes “invisible” on page 16 because she wasn’t inked.
  3. Goof: Other objects and creatures weren’t inked as well on page 16.

The Real Ghostbusters Issue 8. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

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From NOW™ – March 1989.

Scanned and restored by Richard Roy.

“The Ghost Gangsters are back! This time they have help from The Lunar Avenger and The Crimson Crimebuster. Their villain ghost is Caldoni, pasta king.”

  1. More ghost gangsters!
  2. In Issue 6 Egon is working on Ecto-3. Because their is an Ecto-3 in The Real Ghostbusters, the comic version of Ecto 3 is renamed Ecto-4 without explanation in issue 7.

The Real Ghostbusters Issue 7. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

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I’m going to try something new (for me) when writing blog entries about the issues I’ve put up. I may include brief observations or notes as a quick reference. If I look further into something I’ll credit the source. Observations/notes follow the issue description.

Video Nasties

“A group of ghosts take over a low-rated TV station, and the Ghostbusters are hired by the station manager to deal with the problem. The Ghostbusters arrive to find an Egyptian motif inside the station and a horde of ghosts ready to fight them. If that wasn’t enough, they also come face-to-face with The Nameless One again! Ghosts, Mummies and bad reruns…could this mean cancellation for the Ghostbusters?”

  1.  TV commercial shows an Alien from Aliens.
  2. Egon was working on a completely different Ecto-3 from what was used twice in The Real Ghostbusters. This comic version was completely different from Kenner’s Ecto-3 toy vehicle as well.
  3. Beginning with this issue NOW included a 2 page letters section after the story concluded.

The Real Ghostbusters Issue 6. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

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“Three “ninjas” are loose on the city and committing robberies.  The catch: they’re using a werewolf! The NYPD contacts the Ghostbusters for help just as the thieves hit the Natural History Museum, taking a mummy unearthed with King-Tut. The Ghostbusters face off with the wolf at the scene, managing to free it of the collar keeping it under the ninjas’ control. The Ghostbusters get a surprise when Irene, the werewolf’s human form, appears at their doorstep asking for their help!”

The Real Ghostbusters Issue 5. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

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“Mob boss Caesar Caldoni’s long-lost vault is found and opened on live TV to reveal…a rusting old jalopy. While not good for television, it’s made even worse when the ghosts of Webby “The Tractor” McBain’s mob, the only rivals of the Caldoni mob, escape the vault and pick up where they left off in the 20s. Their first goal; to settle an old score against Caldoni by hitting all the places he ran back in their day. Their last stop is Caldoni’s main hideout…which is now a children’s hospital!”

The Real Ghostbusters Issue 4. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

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“While taking care of some toxic waste from the chemical plant, a barrel fell off the transport truck and landed into the nearby swamp, allowing a monster to rise up and attack the plant! The Ghostbusters are called in to deal with the problem as the creatures return for more chemical meals. But, instead of stopping them, the Ghostbusters might actually have to HELP them!”

The Real Ghostbusters Issue 3. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

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“Plans come together as the time travelers release Captain Nemo in exchange for the location of his ship, the Nautilus, and its power source. Their goal: to destroy the Earth of today to make their time to their liking!  Meanwhile, Sl’g, their former mentor, finds Winston and they enlist each other’s aid to track down the rest of the Ghostbusters to stop Sl’g’s former assistants. But, another problem arises when all are said and accounted for except for Ray, who’s somewhere in outer space!”

The Real Ghostbusters Issue 2. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

The Real Ghostbusters Comics

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About 4 years ago when I was putting together the old sub site I knew I wanted to add The Real Ghostbusters comic books. For personal reasons it had to be put on hold indefinitely or 2012. Before I started writing about Kenner toys I knew I was getting a little closer to when I could start adding comics to Ectocontainment.™

After Paul from Spook Central and Matthew from GB Wiki began launching the Ghostbusters PDF eBook Preservation Project which is to include Ghostbusters comics I chimed in about contributing to the digital preservation of Ghostbusters comics, beginning with The Real Ghostbusters issues from NOW Comics. (Ghostbusters Firehouse) Just as I had with The Real Ghostbusters Magazines. (Ghostbusters Firehouse) At the time I didn’t know when I could start this as I was getting ready to write about the history of Ghostbusters toys.

This week I scanned Issue 1 (Ghostbusters Firehouse) cover-to-cover and restored it as kids and teens probably would have seen it at comic book shops and finer retailers in August 1988. Their could be slight imperfections mainly with advertising which contains a dark background. With comic book pages some imperfections were left intentionally as that’s how it was originally printed. It gives the comics a bit of a nostalgic charm.

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