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Ghostbusters 13 is the thirteenth issue in an ongoing Ghostbusters comic book series by IDW Publishing.


After one more quick stop to help a friend in the Windy City, the Ghostbusters arrive back in New York, expecting a backlog of cases to clear through. Instead, things are strangely quiet on the supernatural front, and it's all thanks to the city's newest paranormal investigation and elimination service! Who is this new team? Find out in the lucky 13th issue of Ghostbusters! [3]


Who Ya Gonna Call? Part One

Egon Spengler


Peter Venkman

Winston Zeddemore

Ray Stantz

Ghost Shark

Janine Melnitz

Roger Baugh

Janosz Poha

Psychiatric Doctor



Parkview Orderlies


Nurse Urdahl

Phantom of the Opera


Ghost Smashers

Ron Alexander

Jenny Moran

Dani Shpak

Lou Kamaka

Who Killed Laura Parr? Epilogue

Laura Parr

Peter Venkman

Mrs. Parr


Who Ya Gonna Call? Part One

Proton Pack

Particle Thrower

Ecto Goggles



Proton Pack/Realistic Version


Slime Blower

Ron's Proton Pack

P.K.E. Meter


Who Killed Laura Parr? Epilogue


Super Slammer Muon Trap


Who Ya Gonna Call? Part One


John Hancock Center


Dick's Pizza

Parkview Psychiatric Hospital

Manhattan Museum of Art

Lincoln Center

Who Killed Laura Parr? Epilogue

Parr Residence


On May 8, 2012, Tristan Jones tweeted he was starting work on a cover for Issue #13.[4]

On May 9, 2012, Tristan Jones posted a rough of his cover for Issue #13.[5]

On May 14, 2012, Tristan Jones posted a work in progress of his cover for Issue #13. The cover is based on a scene from the introduction title sequence of Extreme Ghostbusters.[6][7]

On May 15, 2012, Tristan Jones tweeted he submitted the lines for his cover.[8]

On May 23, 2012, Tristan Jones posted the unlettered version of his cover for Issue #13, inked by Luis Delgado.[9]

On May 24, 2012, Tristan Jones and Luis Delgado confirmed the cover would be the B variant.[10][11]

On May 25, 2012, Tristan Jones hinted threads from Issue #8 will be picked up again in Issue #13.[12]

On June 16, 2012, Erik Burnham tweeted he was currently scripting Issue #13.[13]

On July 7, 2012, Tristan Jones hinted his "Who Killed Laura Parr?" arc from Haunted America will end with 2 pages in Issue #13.[14]

On July 23, 2012, Erik Burnham hinted "things" from Issue #3 will pop up in Issue #13.[15]

On July 24, 2012, Erik Burnham tweeted his favorite character in Issue #13 is based on Dom DeLuise.[16][17]

On July 27, 2012, Erik Burnham tweeted the Chicago segment will have a cameo of The Rookie.[18]

On July 28, 2012, Erik Burnham also hinted there will be another surprise later on in the issue.[19]

On August 19, 2012, Tristan Jones confirmed Issue #13 will have the epilogue to "Who Killed Laura Parr?" from the Haunted America arc.[20][21]

On August 24, 2012, Dan Schoening posted a preview of Cover A with no lettering and titles.[22]

On August 29, 2012, Dan Schoening confirmed the ghost shark is visually based on the unused entity from the Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) and it was Erik Burnham's idea to use it for the issue.[23][24]

On August 30, 2012, Tristan Jones tweeted the epilogue to "Who Killed Laura Parr?" "is one of those moments where you're reading & you can't help but go "WOAH" out loud." [25]

On September 16th 2012, it was revealed there is a third cover done as a Nashville Comic and Horror Festival 2012/ variant.[26]

On September 18th, 2012, a cover, credits, and first seven page preview was posted online.[27]

On October 1st, 2012, Luis Delgado posted unlettered versions of pages 15 and 17.[28][29]

On October 7th, 2012, it was confirmed the Nashville variant is limited to only 1000 copies.[30]

On July 14, 2013, Dan Schoening posted a rough of an unused cover for Issue #13. [31]


  • The Diamond Order Code is JUL120343 [32]
  • Cover A
  • Cover B
  • Con Cover
    • The cover is features Winston in a scene from Ghostbusters II when the guys try to shoot their way into the Manhattan Museum of Art
  • Page One
  • Page Three
    • Ray implicitly refers to Lake Michigan
    • Winston uses one of the Rookie's nicknames "Youngblood" from Ghostbusters: The Video Game
    • Chicago was one of the Rookie's choices for a franchise at the end of Ghostbusters: The Video Game
  • Page Four
    • Hanging on the wall is Pates Baroni, a pasta ad from 1921 by Leonetto Cappiello
    • Also on the wall is a portrait of the ghost of Al Capone is standing in front of his tomb at Mount Carmel Cemetery in The Real Ghostbusters' "The Ghostbusters Live! from Al Capone's Tomb"
    • The Ghostbusters at at Dick's Pizza. This is a reference to Dick Giordano, famous comic writer, penciler, and inker. The pizzeria is visually based on Chicago's own Giordano's Pizza.[34]
    • Peter refers to Walter Peck
    • The Toga Ravioli frame references the late John Belushi's character John Blutarsky from "Animal House" in his toga outfit.
    • One of the underlings in Al Capone's Gang from The Real Ghostbusters' "The Ghostbusters Live! from Al Capone's Tomb" is in the portrait hanging above Ray's left shoulder
    • Near Egon are two frames featuring the Blues Brothers as done on commission by Dan Schoening.[35][36]
    • Between Egon and Ray is a frame referencing Le Chat Noir, a 19th century cabaret in Paris
  • Page Five
    • Almost all the vehicles on the bridge are from The Real Ghostbusters episode "Troll Bridge"
    • The tug boat is from The Real Ghostbusters episode "Ghosts R Us"
  • Page Six
    • Janine is wearing one of her outfits from Ghostbusters II
    • Peter is wearing the outfit he wore before the Sedgewick Hotel bust in Ghostbusters
    • To the far left of Ecto-1a is the box of contaminated jump suits from The Real Ghostbusters episode "Citizen Ghost"
  • Page Seven
    • Roger is wearing the white tuxedo Egon wore in The Real Ghostbusters episode "A Fright at the Opera"
    • Imps, from The Real Ghostbusters episode "Janine's Day Off", can be seen by Ray and Winston, between Winston and Roger.
    • Ray and Winston are wearing their animated counterparts' jumpsuits.
    • Roger mentions Don Giovanni. It is a two act opera regarded as a blending of comedy, melodrama, and the supernatural - much like Ghostbusters.
    • Roger teaches at City College of New York - the basis of the fictional college Egon taught at in Extreme Ghostbusters.
  • Page Eight
    • Another Imp is on Janine's computer in the last panel
  • Page Nine
    • Parkview Psychiatric Hospital is the same hospital the Ghostbusters were unwillingly admitted to in Ghostbusters II.
    • Ismael, one of the main villains from Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime, is painting the mural that later becomes the portal to Dumazu's realm.
    • Above Ismael's mural are two photos displaying a shard of the Relic of Nilhe and the scepter held by the Cult of Dumazu leader in the opening cut scene, all from Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
    • Loretta and the two attendants in front of Ismael appear in the opening cut scenes of Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
    • Janosz Poha and the Psychiatric Doctor from Ghostbusters II make their debuts in the ongoing.
  • Page 10
    • Janosz painted a take on Da Vinci's "The Last Supper"
    • Janosz recounts several events from Ghostbusters II
      • When Vigo possessed Ray
      • When Janosz checked on Dana Barrett during the blackout
      • When Ray embraced Janosz at the end
      • When Peter tried to paint kittens on Vigo
  • Page 11
    • Dr. Perkins and the children's hospital from The Real Ghostbusters episode "Sticky Business" are referenced on one of the giant posters hanging from the Met
    • Marty Tillis and his twin assistants are in the row above Janine and Roger
    • Janine and Roger reference Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries," which did not go so smoothly in The Real Ghostbusters "A Fright at the Opera" either
  • Page 13
    • The T-shirt on display references the Bass Masters show mentioned by the security guard at the Manhattan Museum of Art in Ghostbusters II when Peter first visits
    • Egon hands the bill to Artie Grendel from The Real Ghostbusters "Lights! Camera! Haunting!"
    • The depiction of Giovanni's Ghost is a homage to a statue of the same name, located in Prague outside of the Teatro di Praga, which was where the opera was first performed.
  • Page 14
    • The ghost is an homage to Lon Chaney's portrayal of The Phantom of the Opera
    • In panel 4, seated two rows above Janine and Roger, are a woman and man based on two members of the Ghostbusters of British Columbia fan franchise. [37]
    • In panel 4, seated three rows above Janine and Roger, is a man in a tan suit, black shirt, white tie who is based on a member of the Ghostbusters of British Columbia fan franchise. [38]
  • Page 15
    • The Phantom of the Opera from The Real Ghostbusters epiosde "A Fright at the Opera" is in one of the upper rows
    • Jason Fitzsimmons of Ghostbusters News and his wife Amanda are on the row below the Phantom
    • Also present are members of the Ontario Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters of British Columbia.[39]
    • The man seated behind the older man, who comments on the spectacle as avant garde, and the bald man in the row above are based on two members of the Ghostbusters of British Columbia fan franchise. [40]
  • Page 16
    • Ron's Particle Thrower is visually based on the Nintendo NES Zapper. The Pack itself is not based on the Sony PlayStation or the Sega Dreamcast.[41]
    • Ron's Ghost Smashers are visually based on Donna Dixon, Vanessa Angel, and Halle Berry [42]
  • Page 17
  • Page 19
    • Ray refers to the Ghost Smasher car as a Ghost Buggy, a reference to the name of the vehicle in Filmation's Ghost Busters.
    • A Slimer sticker is on the utility box for the cross walk
    • Ray refers to the Candid Camera show
  • Page 20
    • The Ghost Smashers' name is taken from Dan Aykroyd's original script for the Ghostbusters movie, "Ghost Smashers"
    • The Ghost Smasher's car is all-black, the original concept for Ecto-1. It was pointed out the all black design was not feasible for filming at night.
    • The license plate "BTH BALL" references "Be the ball," a quote from Chevy Chase's character, Ty Webb, on Caddyshack. Ron Alexander is visually based on Chase.
    • Egon's line about energy cannot be destroyed is a nod to the Law of Conservation of Energy. Egon's animated counterpart also brings this up in "Robo-Buster" where a businessman named Paul Smart steals the Ghostbusters' designs and creates the Robo-Buster that 'destroyed' ghosts with dire consequences.
    • Luis Delgado's '15' easter egg appears where the '5' should be on the clock face above the Ghost Smashers

External links


  1. Things From Another World, Ghostbusters #13
  2. Comic Blog 10/7/12
  3. Comics Continuum IDW in September 6/18/12
  4. TRexJones Tweet 5/8/12
  5. Tristan Jones Instagram 5/9/12
  6. TRexJones Tweet #1 5/14/12
  7. TRexJones Tweet #2 5/14/12
  8. TRexJones Tweet 5/15/12
  9. TRexJones Tweet 5/23/12
  10. Luis Delgado deviantArt - Issue #13-B 5/24/12
  11. Tristan Jones deviantArt - Issue #13-B 5/24/12
  12. TRexJones Tweet 5/25/12
  13. erikburnham Tweet 6/16/12
  14. TRexJones Tweet 7/7/12
  15. Erik Burnham post Ghostbusters Fans 7/23/12
  16. erikburnham Tweet #1 7/24/12
  17. erikburnham Tweet #2 7/24/12
  18. erikburnham Tweet 7/27/12
  19. Erik Burnham post Ghostbusters Fans 7/28/12
  20. Tristan Jones Facebook 8/17/12
  21. Tristan Jones Ghostbusters Fans post 8/19/12
  22. Dapper Dan Schoening deviantArt 8/24/12
  23. Dan Schoening deviantArt Reply #1 8/28/12
  24. Dan Schoening deviantArt Reply #2 8/28/12
  25. TRexJones Tweet 8/30/12
  26. Spook Central Facebook, part of #13 Preview
  27. Issue #13 Preview hosted by CBR 9/18/12
  28. Luis Delgado deviantArt 10/1/12 Issue #13, Page 15
  29. Luis Delgado deviantArt 10/1/12 Issue #13, Page 17
  30. Comic Blog 10/7/12
  31. "Unused Ghostbusters Comic Covers" Dan Schoening deviantArt 7/14/13
  32. Pull List Comixology Ghostbusters #13
  33. Dan Schoening Dapperpomade Tweet 11/13/12
  34. Erik Burnham reply on Spook Central Facebook 9/18/12
  35. Dan Schoening deviantArt 2/7/06 "On A Mission From God"
  36. Dan Schoening deviantArt 7/9/09
  37. Ghostbusters of British Columbia Facebook post 9/24/14
  38. Ghostbusters of British Columbia Facebook post 9/24/14
  39. Ghostbusters News Facebook 10/1/12
  40. Ghostbusters of British Columbia Facebook post 9/24/14
  41. TRexJones, Dapperpomade Tweets 9/19/12
  42. Dapperpomade Tweet 9/19/12

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