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Ghostbusters 2-17 is the seventeenth issue in the second volume of the ongoing Ghostbusters comic book series by IDW Publishing. It is the fifth issue of the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary 8-issue maxi-event, "MASS HYSTERIA!"


New York's unknown dead are buried on Hart Island... and their spirits are about to be stirred, raised and conscripted into an army with but one purpose: raising chaos on the streets of Manhattan. The second half of Mass Hysteria! begins here in our celebration of 30 years of Ghostbusters! [1]


Part Five The Island and Dr. Stantz

Ray Stantz

Ray's Spirit Guide


Peter Venkman

Ghost Smashers

Dani Shpak

Lou Kamaka

Jenny Moran

Winston Zeddemore

Chicago Ghostbusters


Ron Alexander

Special Agent Melanie Ortiz

Kylie Griffin

Dana Barrett

Louis Tully

Egon Spengler

Ivo Shandor

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

Necrotic Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

Janine Melnitz

Scoleri Brothers


Hart Island Ghosts

Cemetery Crawler


Terror Dogs

Vinz Clortho


Terror Birds




Part Five The Island and Dr. Stantz

Proton Pack

Particle Thrower

Slime Blower

Marine Ecto-8

Ecto Goggles

Proton Pack/Realistic Version

Boson Caster

Aura Video-Analyzer

Compact Pack

Melanie's Proton Pistol


P.K.E. Meter

Miniature Slime Blower

Arm Mounted Proton Pack


Tobin's Spirit Guide


Part Five The Island and Dr. Stantz

Psychomagnotheric Slime


Part Five The Island and Dr. Stantz


Chomp Bar

The Twinkie

The Atlantic Monthly


Part Five The Island and Dr. Stantz

Hart Island



On January 30, 2014, Tristan Jones posted a work in progress of his subscription cover for Issue #17. [2]

On February 20, 2014, Dan Schoening posted a preview of a cover for Issue #17 and hinted 'the Ghostbusters find themselves on Hart Island, and in big trouble.' [3]

On April 16, 2014, Dan Schoening praised the Issue #17 script and used the hashtag "thehammer" [4]

On May 9, 2014, Dan Schoening posted a sketch of Kylie Griffin from a page he was working on. [5]

On June 17, 2014, in an interview, Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening hinted Vigo and the Scoleri Brothers would appear in Issue #17. A preview of the first five pages of the issue was also included. [6]

On June 24, 2014, a cover, credits, and 5 page preview was posted. [7]

On July 24, 2014, Luis Antonio Delgado posted unlettered versions of pages 7, 12, and 16. [8] [9] [10]


  • The Diamond order code is APR140337.
  • Page 1
    • In the vision, Ray is wearing the outfit he wore in the first movie when Dana Barrett comes to the Firehouse.
    • Gozer briefly assumes the appearance of Ray's Spirit Guide then its first form in the first movie.
  • Page 2
    • The four Ghost Smashers "reunite". They last appeared together in Volume 1 Issue #15.
    • Jenny, Lou, and Dani are wearing charcoal jumpsuits modified with the Ghost Smashers logo for the arm patch and their name tags reflect the logo's color motif
  • Page 3
    • Dani mentions Blood Rain, Tiamat, and Vigo.
    • Lou mentions Blues artist Robert Johnson and alludes to his Cross Road Blues album. As part of the Johnson mythology, he supposedly sold his soul to the Devil for his musical talent.
    • Ron is once again wearing Chevy Chase's "Yes, it's my real name" T-shirt
    • Ron is credited with suggesting bringing in Jenny, Lou, and Dani. Previously, Ray made a similar suggestion in Volume 2 Issue #9 but was denied by Walter Peck.
  • Page 4
  • Page 5
    • Luis Delgado's 15 easter egg is on panel 2 on the screen right of Winston.
    • The Stay Puft Marshmallows sign from the first movie is still on the building by the Firehouse.
    • On Egon and Kylie's clipboards are pages from the script of the first movie.
  • Page 6
  • Page 7
    • Gozer takes on the appearance of Ivo Shandor.
      • This design is an unused concept from the first movie - a form of Gozer was to have taken on, to be portrayed by Paul Reubens, a kindly looking man in a nondescript suit and tie.
      • Originally, the design was considered for Idulnas in Volume 1 of the ongoing series and some sketches were done by Dan Schoening.
  • Page 8
    • Ray's lines appear to be a spin on his speech to Gozer in the first movie
    • The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man briefly appears as well as his necrotic counterpart from the Ghostbusters: Infestation Issue #2.
    • Stay Puft also takes on a form when he was set on fire in the first movie
  • Page 10
  • Page 11
    • Once again, part of the Dimensional Inverter is on the bottom shelf
    • On the right side is the Indian Earth Spirit computer image from The Real Ghostbusters episode "Follow That Hearse"
    • By the computer is the Basic English sign, once again, from Stripes
    • Under the sign are two Ghostbusters II video tapes
    • By Egon is a Mood Slime canister from Ghostbusters II
    • Left of the microscope is a photo of Kylie's Great Grandma Rose.
    • Also left of Kylie are the Runes of Kahlil from the Extreme Ghostbusters episode "Casting the Runes"
    • In front of Kylie is a pack of Tarot Cards, a nod to a scene from the Extreme Ghostbusters episode "The Infernal Machine"
    • In front of Kylie is her Great Grandma Rose's glasses
    • Also in front of Kylie is her journal from Extreme Ghostbusters, destroyed in the episode "Ghost Apocalyptic Future"
    • In the third panel, on the computer screen by Dana's shoulder is a screen from the computerized Tobin's Spirit Guide in The Real Ghostbusters episode "Not Now, Slimer!"
    • Louis offers Dana some Cheese-Its, popularized in the first movie.
    • Near Hart Island is the Titanic, seen in Ghostbusters II.
    • Peter declares he hates the Bronx more than the Queens
      • Hart Island is considered the eastern most part of the Bronx
      • This line appears to be a callback to Volume 1 Issue #2, page 8, when Peter reiterates he hates working in Queens.
  • Page 12
    • Peter alludes to Judge Wexler from Ghostbusters II.
    • The Scoleri Brothers officially debut in the ongoing comic.
    • The four ghosts near Vigo are from the purple Ecto-Plazm from Kenner
  • Page 13
    • Melanie sports the Proton Pistol from Extreme Ghostbusters.
    • Melanie alludes to Scooby Doo.
    • The close up of Vigo's demonic face is reminiscent of a scene from Ghostbusters II right before Vigo possesses Ray.
    • Vigo uses one of his nicknames, the Sorrow of Moldavia
    • Vigo refers to Peter as "The Vandal". Previously, in Volume 1 Issue #14, there was a crude stick drawing of cat on the Vigo painting.
  • Page 14
  • Page 15
    • In the upper right corner is the Stylized version of the Cemetery Crawler, in the form before it is shot at.
  • Page 17
    • Gozer is, for the first time, joined by his three minions.
    • Gozer reminds Ray of his role as the Selector which was revealed in the first arc of Volume 1.
  • Page 18
    • There are 1.5 Twinkies on the table Egon is working at.
    • Egon uses the Miniature Slime Blower from Volume 2 Issue #10.
  • Page 20
  • Page 22-23
    • The two page spread is the Harold Ramis tribute done by Timothy Lin.
  • On April 2, 2015, during Ernie Hudson's appearance on The Today Show, the regular cover of Volume 2 Issue #17 appeared in the prize basket at the end of the segment. [11]
  • On page 18 of Ghostbusters 101 #6, the third image is from Volume 2 Issue #17, page 16 panel 3, during the Hart Island battle against Vigo. Abby Yates appears in place of Ray just before he entered another trance state.


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