30 years ago today The Real Ghostbusters aired to the delight of ghostheads. Episode 1, the infamous Ghosts ‘ R Us is somewhat of a origin story and in 21 minutes explains why they’re The Real Ghostbusters!
For 7 seasons our animated Ghostbustin’ heroes went on adventures (along with originally that green guy) 6 days a week. The guys couldn’t do it alone. Janine not only ran the office, (equipment not standard at other offices) when the need arose was a Ghostbuster in her own right. With animated business mostly good on and off screen Louis would join the team to handle the fictional records. And continue practicing his Ghostbusters skills.
I had been keeping this under (shrink) wraps in part until I knew I could talk more about Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History. (Ghostbusters Inc. Blog Post, January 5, 2015)
During the summer I was contacted by PR By The Book, a public relations firm who represents Insight Editions. The discussion via email was about having a review copy and promoting the book. Which I’ve been doing at least since January. Unless I misunderstood I thought an abbreviated copy would be arriving. One day in August I’m heading out and there was a package.
I had to leave, I was excited to get back to open the box. Inside was a copy of Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History by Daniel Wallace. I did what most fans would do, look through the entire book. Then I did what most of us feel we wouldn’t need to do, take 40 photos. Continue reading
The official Ghostbusters Facebook page posted about an upcoming contest where 10 winners will receive signed copies of Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History. (Ecto-Containment Blog Post, July 12, 2015) That is if you’ll be at New York Comic Con. Continue reading
As 2015 was beginning the powers that be (um sure) announced that Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History (GB Inc. Blog Post, January 5, 2015) was being put together and will be available this September.
Daniel Wallace, who wrote Ghostbusters visual history and publisher Insight Editions were at SDCC to show off a sample of the book. Along with something big (not quite 100ft big) for a collectors edition. Continue reading
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
During 1992 when N O W Comics (Ghostbusters Firehouse) were in their “now better than ever” phase, they began a new run with some new stories for their The Real Ghostbusters title. This could be a blanket statement, outside of the comics their was very little to support Ghostbusters. The hit series had ended a 7 season run a year earlier, Kenner had ended making The Real Ghostbusters toys, and Ghostbusters II™ had come and gone from theaters, at least to people’s homes.
Whether any of that played a factor in Now’s decision to end the RGB comics run I don’t know. They had been looking ahead from the Tobin and the Maze of Time story arc that had been prevalent during volume 2. The next comic, issue 5, originally scheduled a month earlier would have featured an interesting story about a ghost who for whatever reason hangs around the Pentagon and of course threatens the survival of the human race. Or at least it would if The Real Ghostbusters probably couldn’t have “zapped and trapped” in time.
I don’t know how much of issue 5 Barry Petersen, Neil Grahame, and Jim Brozman completed. It wouldn’t surprise me if the script/story is on-line. Checking out the cover, it seems to have a Ghostbusters II influence.
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.
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