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IDW Publishing Comics (also known as Idea & Design Works LLC and IDW Media Holdings) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery. IDW started printing Ghostbusters comics in October 2008. IDW currently holds the Ghostbusters license, which was previously held by 88MPH Studios.

The Ghostbusters monthly comic book series started September 28, 2011.[1] The monthly series' second volume ended on September 24, 2014. The series was succeeded by two cross over mini series with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and with The Real Ghostbusters respectively. An annual followed Get Real on November 25, 2015 then a third volume of the monthly series began on January 27, 2016. [2] [3] [4] A second annual released on February 1, 2017, followed by a six issue mini-series Ghostbusters 101 featuring a crossover with the Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) team that started on March 22, 2017. A sequel to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters ran from November 1 to November 29, 2017. A third annual released on March 7, 2018. An eight issue maxi-event titled Ghostbusters Crossing Over started on March 14, 2018 and ended on November 14. A weekly four issue series titled Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary is started on April 3, 2019 and ended on April 24. A five issue mini-series titled Transformers/Ghostbusters: Ghosts of Cybertron started on June 26, 2019 and ended on October 2. A four issue mini-series titled Ghostbusters Year One is slated to begin on January 15, 2020.

In terms of continuity, what is considered canon in the IDW universe are the two original movies, aspects of Ghostbusters: The Video Game, The Other Side mini series, the "Displaced Aggression" mini series, the "Past, Present and Future" one shot, the "Tainted Love" one shot, the "Con-Volution" one shot, the "What in Samhain Just Happened?!" one shot, "the Guess What's Coming to Dinner?" short story in the Haunted Holidays trade paperback, the "Ghostbusters: Infestation" mini series, Volume 1 of the ongoing series, Volume 2 of the ongoing series, the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters" mini series, the "Ghostbusters: Get Real" mini series, Ghostbusters Annual 2015, Volume 3 of the ongoing series or "Ghostbusters International," Ghostbusters Annual 2017, the "Ghostbusters 101" mini-series, the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters 2" mini series, Ghostbusters Annual 2018, the "Ghostbusters Crossing Over" maxi-series, the "Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary: Ghostbusters" issue, "Transformers/Ghostbusters: Ghosts of Cybertron" mini-series, and "Ghostbusters Year One" mini-series.

A new five issue mini-series, separate from the current continuity, titled "Ghostbusters: Answer The Call" is started in October 2017 and starred the 2016 movie's cast (known as Dimension 80-C). [5] A one-shot starring the Ghostbusters of 50-S from the Sanctum of Slime video game (known as Dimension 50-S) released in January 2019.[6] The second, third, and fourth issue of "Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary" stars The Real Ghostbusters in Dimension 68-R, Answer The Call Ghostbusters in Dimension 80-C, and Extreme Ghostbusters in Dimension 68-E respectively and are set to release in April 2019.

List of Comics

This is a list of the Ghostbusters comics that IDW has published containing original material.

  • IDW Publishing Comics- Infestation Sketchbook
    • This mini-book was a Retailer Incentive and contained zombified sketches of characters from Ghostbusters, Star Trek, Transformers, and G.I. Joe - the four licensed properties used in the Infestation mini-series.
  • IDW Publishing Comics- Ongoing Series
    • Volume One has 16 issues total.
    • Volume Two has 20 issues total.
      • It started titled as "New Ghostbusters" then reverted back to "Ghostbusters" in Issue #5.
    • Volume Three is ongoing.
      • It is titled "Ghostbusters International" [7] [8]

Collections

Reprinting by other Publishers

This list is of Publishers that are reprinting and translating contents previously released by IDW.

Key

Cover Abbreviations

  • A
    • The Regular Cover
      • The most common cover.
  • B
    • The second most common, usually a 1:4 ratio with Cover A
    • Cover B was also used as part of an interlocking image for Covers A to D of Ghostbusters Volume Two Issue #1.
  • C
    • Cover C was used as part of an interlocking image for Covers A to D of Ghostbusters Volume Two Issue #1.
  • D
    • Cover D was used as part of an interlocking image for Covers A to D of Ghostbusters Volume Two Issue #1.
  • RI
    • The Retailer Incentive or Incentive Cover usually a 1:10 ratio with Cover A
    • There can be more types such as RI A and RI B, with RI A in a 1:10 ratio with Cover A and RI B in a 1:25 ratio with Cover A
    • RI B can sometimes be multiple one of a kind versions and as rare as RE covers. For example, Ghostbusters: Infestation Issue One had 250 copies printed of the RI B Cover but each is one of a kind with a different character on each cover.
  • RE
    • The Retailer Exclusive Cover
      • The second to most rare of covers. There are 500 to 1000 printed total but several different versions limited to one comic book store franchise each. For example, Ghostbusters Issue One had nine different RE Covers with 500 of each restricted to their respective comic book retailer.
  • Con
  • Sub Var
    • Subscription Variant Cover
      • The Sub Var Cover is a cover only for loyal subscription box customers at local comic book shops. For example, Ghostbusters Volume Two Issue #1 was the first issue in the ongoing series to have a Subscription Variant Cover and has become a staple variant cover since.

List of Games

Trivia

Also See

References

  1. erikburnham Tweet 8/25/11
  2. erikburnham Tweet 7/16/15
  3. Comic Book Resources "NYCC EXCLUSIVE: Ghostbusters Go Worldwide In New "International" Series" 10/9/15
  4. Previews World Issue #1 10/21/15
  5. LA Times "Exclusive preview of the new 'Ghostbusters' comic" 7/18/17
  6. TomWaltz Tweet 9/28/18
  7. erikburnham Tweet #1 10/9/15
  8. erikburnham Tweet #2 10/9/15
  9. erikburnham Tweet 6/16/16
  10. Ghostheads United Erik Burnham reply 3/20/18


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