The Real Ghostbusters Magazine Fall ’89 Regular Cover


In 2011 I began preserving The Real Ghostbusters Magazine(s) (Ghostbusters Firehouse section) from my physical collection. The project wouldn’t have started or evolved without Paul Rudoff (Spook Central) or Matthew Jordan (Ghostbusters Wiki). The project as I knew it has been completed long since Ghostbusters had its 30th anniversary.

“Five years later” as Paul completed his RGBs Magazine collection he contacted us about a regular cover for Fall 1989. (Ghostbusters Firehouse page) The physical issue I have and had scanned. Which I suppose is a variant cover. Best I can recall from childhood, I had the variant cover which advertised the included “Fun & Fitness” supplement.

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On July 15, 2016 Ghostbusters: Answer The Call premiered to US theaters, adding to 32 years of Ghostbusters history. If you weren’t on this etherial plain or too young between 1984-1997 and are looking for Cliffs Notes about the evolution of Ghostbusters, UK magazine Geeky Monkey has ghostheads covered.

In July 2016 I had never heard of Geeky Monkey. At the time driving just to the Barnes & Nobles locations near the old place wasn’t practical. I wouldn’t have been looking for imported UK magazines anyway.

Related: Empire Ghostbusters Magazine PDFs (Ecto-Containment Blog Post, April 20, 2017)

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Print Isn’t Dead, It Moved From The Basement To Upstairs


About two months ago as I was working on the Ghostbusters NYC website (also known for web site purposes as Ghostbusters Firehouse) I decided to begin moving the once scanned/current PDF files of Ghostbusters/The Real Ghostbusters reading material to Ghostbusters Firehouse for realism and to save space at Ecto-Containment.

Every smaller PDF file wasn’t complete in February. Something I hadn’t realized during most of the uploads. Naturally as is the case when one runs multiple web sites, that project had to be put on hold. I became busier with at least one other Ghostbusters “thing”, the franchise I’m part of, Ghostbusters NJ.

As I looked ahead to getting back to all the Ghostbusters sites I run it was Easter. Within a week I was preparing to go on vacation. I had a great time, thanks for asking. 🙂 Continue reading

Now James Van Hise The Real Ghostbusters Starring In Ghostbusters II Deleted Art

Ghostheads have known for years that Ghostbusters II has enough deleted scenes to make a feature out of. For example, a scene where Louis Tully in the Firehouse sets a trap (um just about literally) to catch Slimer because the overgrown ghost ate his lunch. Louis uses a proton pack and damages a ceiling or wall.

One of the cut scenes from Ghostbusters II involved the ending. For the unfamiliar the guys were able to finally get paid for saving the city if they promise to put Ms. Harbor Chick 1990 back together. How this would have been accomplished and what cost is anyone’s guess. While part of that wasn’t necessary, honoring the Ghostbusters and showing Lady Liberty was. We only get a glimpse in the closing credits. This scene was longer with the guys talking about their nationalities and receiving a key to the city.

That scene was in enough drafts that the artists at NOW (Ghostbusters Firehouse) created what was to become pages 28-30. At the request of Columbia Pictures, the comic ending was removed. As James Van Hise would bring up, the studio wasn’t around to “make” them remove the deleted Ecto-1A crash scene. Which we only see part of in the Ghostbusters II montage.

Ghosthead Alex Newborn has proof art with a personal letter from James Van Hise. Alex shared scans from his collection at Ghostbusters Fans on October 1, 2011. With his permission I’m sharing his scans today NOW 😀 that all three Ghostbusters II issues are complete.


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Besides what would have been the final ending to Ghostbusters II, you can see that NOW used the final Statue Of Liberty panel to close out the comic story.

Original Source: James Van Hise

Photo Credits: Alex Newborn


NOW Comics: Volume 2, Issue 1 PDF

November 1991

Tobin and the Maze of Time Part II

The Ghostbusters are trapped in dreamspace, and they must find their way in order to help Tobin. However, things get hairy when the boys are separated and confronted with creatures straight out of mythology!

Full Haunted House

The boys are playing a mean game of poker and Peter’s cleaning house. The others go to bed, but Peter’s still raring to play. That’s when he’s visited by Satan, Death and the See-Through Kid, willing to give him the game of his life. And the stakes? His very soul!

NOW Comics: Volume 2, Issue 1, PDF (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

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NOW Comics PDF Pages Complete


2015 Update – All NOW The Real Ghostbusters comics have been moved to Ghostbusters NYC/Firehouse.

After putting the PDF file on the site for Issue 4, talking about these comics, and with a change in my schedule I was feeling pretty motivated. I spent the middle of week creating the rest of the NOW comics which also includes Volume 2, 3-D Special, the 1992-1993 annuals, The Real Ghostbusters Starring In Ghostbusters II, and Slimer! Issue 1. I added the additional 35 links to the site, updating the Media section.

As Matthew’s and my schedules allow the PDF files will be worked on, uploaded, and put on Ectocontainment.

The Real Ghostbusters Haunted House Mystery


August has been a pretty busy month for me personally. Some of which has been going on since late Spring. Travel and appointments prevented me from posting The Real Ghostbusters news and site updates. Also, after spending 6 months of scanning and cleaning up NOW Comics’ The Real Ghostbusters comics, I was feeling burnt out. At the time I didn’t know I couldn’t get back to enjoying Ghostbusters/The Real Ghostbusters again for almost another month.

While real life got in the way ghosthead Paul Rudoff added a new book to the Ghostbusters eBook Preservation Project. A The Real Ghostbusters children’s book based on the season 1 episode, Mrs. Roger’s Neighborhood. Coincidentally this is the last The Real Ghostbusters episode I wrote about.

Personally this is a great addition for the project as I don’t remember this from childhood and don’t own any The Real Ghostbusters children’s books.

This small book, titled The Real Ghostbusters in Haunted House Mystery by Peter Mandeli is similar to other Ghostbusters books by the Antioch Publishing Company. With its size, format, and included stickers.

Spook Central’s Haunted House Facebook Galley.

The Real Ghostbusters in Haunted House Mystery (PDF)

The Real Ghostbusters Comics: 1993 Annual


From NOW™ – December 1992

Story: Patrick Williams (first story), Barry Petersen (second story),

Pencils: Patrick Williams (first story), Neil Grahame (second story),

Inks: Tim Estiloz (first story), Jim Brozman (second story),

Colors: The Now Staff (first story)

Letters: Andrea Albert

3-D Conversion: Bob Staake of Apartment 3-D (second story)

Editor: Joan Weis

Editor-in-Chief: Tony Caputo

Cover: Norm Dwyer, John Stangeland & Suzanne Dechnik

Scanned and restored in August 2012 by Richard Roy

“Trick or Treat or Defeat”

It’s Halloween time again, and a kindly old man is giving away free Halloween stuff to kids. But, as with most Halloweens, things are not always as they seem; the kindly old man turns out to be Samhain conducting his latest gamble to take over the world! With his sinister treats scattered all around the city, this may be the final trick unless the Ghostbusters can discover his plan and defeat him once again!

”Pandora’s Box”

The Ghostbusters return from the Pentagon with Professor Epimetheus’ device; a doorway to another dimension.  Afraid to dismantle it without the Professor present, Egon and Peter embark on an adventure through the portal in order to track the Professor down. However, they find themselves in an all-too-familiar place; Boo York, home of the Peoplebusters!

1993 Annual information. (from NYGB Comic Guide)

The Real Ghostbusters 1993 Annual. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

The Real Ghostbusters Comics: 1992 Annual


From NOW™ – March 1992

Story: Barry Petersen (first story), Richard Alan (second story)

Pencils: Neil Grahame (first story), Anthony Lacrombe (second story)

Inks: Jim Brozman (first story), Anthony Lacrombe (second story)

Colors: Suzanne Dechnik (first story), Zed (second story)

Letters: Andrea Albert (first story), Zed (second story)

Editor: Joan M. Weis

Editor-in-Chief: Tony Caputo

Cover: Uncredited

Scanned and restored in July 2012 by Richard Roy

“Poltergeist at the Pentagon” Part I

“Strange happenings are going on at the Pentagon, and it’s not your usual cover-ups! A poltergeist is causing havoc in the nation’s second-most secure building, so the president decides to call in the Ghostbusters. It’s up to them to clear the building and prevent the playful spook from accidentally pressing…THE button!”


”Janine’s on vacation and the Ghostbusters are looking for a temporary receptionist. They get an applicant, Wanda, and Peter falls instantly in love with the beauty. However, there’s something fishy about their new receptionist…something that could wound Peter extremely deep!”

1992 Annual information. (from NYGB Comic Guide)

The Real Ghostbusters 1992 Annual. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

The Real Ghostbusters Comics: Volume 2: Issue 4


From NOW™ – February 1992

Cover Price: $1.75

Story: Barry Petersen (first story), John Paul Catton (second story)

Pencils: Neil Grahame (first story), Martin Griffiths (second story)

Inks: Jim Brozman (first story), Dave Harwood (second story)

Colors: Suzanne Dechnik (first story), Stuart Place (second story)

Letters: Patrick Williams (first story), Stub (second story)

Editor: Joan M. Weis

Editor-in-Chief: Tony Caputo

Cover: Phil Elliott & Cam Smith

Scanned and restored in July 2012 by Richard Roy

“Tobin and the Maze of Time” Pt. V

The Ghostbusters’ quest draws to a close as Tobin’s hologram leads them to his work chamber. There, they find Tobin near the end of his life and Janine mysteriously with him. Now, the Ghostbusters must figure out once and for all how to get home, save Tobin, and why Egon is about to blast Janine with a proton pack!

“A View to a Chill!”

The Ghostbusters are called to the Metropolitan Art Gallery to take on a ghost that was haunting one of their new paintings. They’re taken on a merry chase through the hallowed halls of fantastic art as the picturegeist jumps from painting to painting. Only Egon’s genius will pull the ghost out into clear view once and for all and allow the boys to blast and trap it!

Volume 2, Issue 4 information. (from NYGB Comic Guide)

The Real Ghostbusters Volume 2: Issue 4. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)

The Real Ghostbusters Comics: Volume 2: Issue 3


From NOW™ – January 1992

Cover Price: $1.75

Story: Shannon McCutcheon & Barry Petersen (first story),

Pencils: Neil Grahame (first story)

Inks: Jim Brozman (first story)

Colors: Suzanne Dechnik, Holly Sanfelippo & Kelly Kinsey (first story)

Letters: Joseph Allen (first story)

Editor: Katherine Llewellyn & Barry Petersen

Editor-in-Chief: Tony Caputo

Cover: Brian Williamson & Dave Harwood

Scanned and restored in July 2012 by Richard Roy

“Tobin and the Maze of Time” Part IV

“Ray rejoins the group, regaling them with his tale of facing off against the Loch Ness Monster armed with only a…bagpipe? Peter pops up as well, telling the guys how he helped a very dead Joan of Arc in her final mission. Now, they all have a piece of some kind of puzzle which may either lead them to Tobin, or to something far worse.”

“Hide & Squeak!”

“It appears Slimer is up to his old ways again, eating the Ghostbusters out of house and home. However, it turns out it’s actually a ghost mouse eating all the food…an invisible ghost mouse! Slimer must expose the uninvited houseguest before the Ghostbusters get fed up with him and give him a time out in the Containment Unit!”

Volume 2, Issue 3 information. (from NYGB Comic Guide)

The Real Ghostbusters Volume 2: Issue 3. (Ghostbusters Firehouse)