Ghostbusters Year One 1 is the first of a four part mini-series by IDW Publishing.
In anticipation of the new Ghostbusters feature film coming to theaters Summer 2020, we look back at the Boys in Grey's first year on the job, showcasing never before seen adventures! After defeating Gozer and becoming heroes in the city, county, and state of New York, a publisher has decided to cash in with a biography of the Boys in Grey and sends a writer to interview them all for background. He starts with WINSTON ZEDDEMORE, the first 'buster hired into the supernatural start-up. Winston relates the story of his very first bust, so we can finally know what kind of... ahem, stuff he's seen that'll will turn you white!
On August 23, 2019, Erik Burnham confirmed he is currently working on something.
On September 5, 2019, Erik Burnham teased he was writing interesting things for Dan Schoening to draw.
On September 16, 2019, Erik Burnham saw thumbnails from Dan Schoening.
On October 4, 2019, Tom Waltz made a cryptic post tagging Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, Luis Delgado, and Tim Lattie and revealing four A covers featuring each of the original Ghostbusters and nods to the first movie.
On October 21, 2019, Tom Waltz posted another teaser image featuring each of the original Ghostbusters.
On October 22, 2019, Tom Waltz posted a variant cover by Tim Lattie. Waltz followed up with panels, including one of Winston holding a P.K.E. Meter, a pumpkin being blown up by a Proton Stream, a Classified ad for an associate position at Ghostbusters, a three panel with the Archbishop, the deputy mayor, and the Jail Guard, and a "Year One" logo. Erik Burnham teased he had a second title coming out in January.
On October 23, 2019, Tom Waltz posted more teaser images, two featuring Winston and one with Louis, Dana, and the Hotel manager. Tim Lattie posted three versions of the RI cover showing the transition from start to finish.
On October 24, 2019, Tom Waltz posted another teaser image, a group shot of the Ghostbusters.
On October 25, 2019, January solicits revealed the logline, premise of the mini-series, and crew info. Dan Schoening does art for Cover A and B and Tim Lattie for Cover RI. Tim Waltz posted the trade ad for Issue #1.
On January 14, 2020, Tom Waltz posted several panels from Winston's first bust.
On January 21, 2020, a cover and 5 page preview was posted.
On January 22, 2020, Luis Delgado posted two panels of the Ghostbusters leaving for a bust.
On January 23, 2020, Tom Waltz posted a panel featuring Winston.
On January 27, 2020, in an interview, Dan Schoening revealed he pulled from The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and Masque of the Red Death for his ghost designs. Luis Delgado posted panels of Winston firing at a ghost.
On January 28, 2020, Luis Delgado posted a panel of a ghost being trapped.
- The Diamond Order Code is NOV190591.
- Cover A
- Cover B
- On the cover is:
- A photo of Winston firing his Particle Thrower in Cover A.
- A photo of Winston holding the Traps in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard.
- A photo of Ray and Winston pulling up to Fort Detmerring in a deleted scene.
- A Second Dan Black Belt in Karate. In the final shooting script for Ghostbusters and on page 136 of Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular, Winston's resume listed him as a black belt in karate.
- A reference to his enlistment with the U.S. Marine Corps in the IDW canon.
- It reveals he won the title of Rifle Expert which would have required a combined score of 305-350 at a weapons qualification event.
- The employee file lists Winston's birthday as June 17, 1945. It is derived from Ernie Hudson's birthday, December 17, 1945.
- A photo of Winston on the file folder is a stock promo photo from the first movie.
- Winston's listed phone number is 555-5007.
- Winston's middle name Ramsey was the original name of the character in early drafts of the first movie. The middle name was revealed in Volume 2 Issue #13, page 9, but the wedding priest.
- Winston's Employee I.D. Is 171945.
- In Ghostbusters: The Board Game, it was 111750306.
- The Firehouse address is listed.
- Winston's start date is October 22 and his first review was slated for January 26.
- Winston's pay grade is listed as $11,500, mentioned by Winston in Chapter 27: Stay Puft Man.
- Winston's emergency contact is his father, Edward Lee Zeddemore.
- Janine's interview questions about UFOs, Astral Projection, Mental Telepathy, ESP, Clairvoyance, Spirit Photography, Telekinetic movement, Full trans-mediums, Loch Ness Monster, and the theory of Atlantis.
- The check is from Manhattan City Bank seen in Chapter 4: Terminated.
- It has its Avenue of Americas address.
- The check is dated November 2, 1984.
- An Elwood Motors keychain. It is a nod to Blues Brothers and was seen on page 2 of the Interdimensional Cross-Rip hardcover in the car ad.
- Winston's resume reveals his address of 235 B West 146th Street in Harlem. Winston's apartment was seen in Volume 2 Issue #1.
- The New York Times Monday classifieds references:
- The Sedgewick Hotel.
- Sargassi's from Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions). The "We've Got Great Crabs" motto is from a billboard above the Hindenburg marquee in the Panic in Times Square level.
- Dan Aykroyd encounter with Isaac Asimov during filming in Central Park West amid a traffic jam production caused.
- Shipping & Handling to Tom is a reference to Tom Waltz.
- Work From Home ad referenced Erik Burnham.
- Tavern on the Green.
- The original 555-2368 Ghostbusters' phone number from Chapter 7: Fried Eggs & Zuul.
- The Ghostbusters ad asks if you can carry 70 pounds while on the run, a nod to the weight of the Proton Pack props.
- The Ghostbusters ad lists the real life address of the NY Hook & Laddder Co. #8.
- The Ghostbusters ad is missing an apostrophe for 'were looking' sentence.
- A U.S. Marine Corps' Enlisted Dress eagle, globe and anchor was seen in solicits of the cover but in the final version is a Sergeant E-5 chevron. He gave two chevrons to Leonardo at the end of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 1 Issue #4.
- On the cover is:
- Cover RI
- The four Ghostbusters are featured with their standard equipment: Proton Pack, P.K.E. Meter, Ecto Goggles, and Trap.
- The Library ghost is in her transmogrified form.
- The Tobin's Spirit Guide cover is the one posted by Jason Reitman on social media during principal photography of Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
- The ghost of Edgar Allen Poe.
- Studio 84 appears to be a stand-in for Studio 54. The 1984 is a nod to the year the first movie came out in.
- Ecto-1 and Slimer also appear on the cover.
- Dramatis Personae
- Rebecca Morales' biography mentions:
- The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
- The Ghostbusters defeating Stay Puft at the end of the first movie.
- Winston's biography mentions:
- His Marine Corps background in this canon.
- His religious foundation.
- Ray's biography mentions:
- The act of mortgaging his family home in the first movie. The aftermath was seen in Chapter 4: Terminated.
- Ray quickly hiring Winston in the first movie.
- Egon's biography mentions:
- Peter's biography mentions:
- How he talked Ray and Egon into forming Ghostbusters.
- Rebecca Morales' biography mentions:
- Page 1
- Louis' outfit is visually inspired by an outfit worn by Rick Moranis' character Billy Fish in the movie "Streets of Fire" which released on June 1, 1984, a week before Ghostbusters came out in theaters.
- In panel 2, there is a Cosmopolitan: Tonetics Beginners Workout VHS video tape in Louis' box, a nod to his 10 minute work out line he tells Dana about in Chapter 6: Spook Central.
- In panel 4, Luis Antonio Delgado's 1st 15 easter egg is the price rung up at the register.
- Dana's outfit is from Chapter 16: Dogs Drag Dana, right before she gets taken by Zuul.
- In panel 5, Dana reveals it's been weeks since the ending of the events of the first movie.
- In panel 7, the Sedgewick Hotel manager's name in this canon is revealed to be Bennett Davis.
- In the Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular, page 93, the manager stated his name was J.M. Shupp.
- In panel 7, Bennett is technically correct. While Dana was the Ghostbusters' first client, the Sedgewick was the first place where the Ghostbusters trapped a ghost.
- In panel 7, Bennett admits the damages were unacceptable at first. In the first movie, Ray shot up a hallway and they wrecked the Alhambra Ballroom.
- In panel 8, Bennett alludes to Slimer and mentions his capture in Chapter 13: "Nice Shootin', Tex."
- Page 2
- In panel 1, the Archbishop's last name in this canon is revealed to be O'Sullivan.
- In panel 1, the Archbishop refers to when the Ghostbusters talked to Mayor Lenny in Chapter 24: Biblical of the first movie.
- In panel 3, the jail guard's name in this canon is revealed to be Tim Carlson.
- In panel 3, Carlson mentions:
- When the Containment Unit was shut down on Walter Peck's order and caused an explosion in Chapter 21: Out of Biz.
- When Peter was signing "Something good! For goodness' sake..." in the jail cell in Chapter 22: Holding Cell. Carlson recognized the lyric from "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town".
- Mayor Lenny.
- Page 3
- Winston's apartment was briefly seen in Volume 2 Issue #1 of the ongoing series when Winston was kidnapped by one of The Collectors.
- In panel 2, Winston's mug references the U.S. Marine Corps.
- In panel 3, the baseball paraphernalia on the shelf refers to Winston's love of the sport.
- In Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #4, Melanie Ortiz recalls he has a baseball trophy in the Firehouse.
- In Ghostbusters International #9, Winston's bio mentioned he loved baseball.
- In Ghostbusters Annual 2018, page 27, a baseball and catcher's mitt and baseball cap with the Good's Baseball Team from The Real Ghostbuster "Night Game" is in his locker.
- In panel 3, Winston mentions Peter and Ray went on the talk show circuit after the events of the first movie.
- In panel 4, Rebecca's tape recorder is a 1982 Sony AM/FM Radio Microcassette Recorder M-80 in Metallic Navy Blue.
- Page 4
- In panel 1, behind Winston is the standard flag of the U.S. Marine Corps and pennant flags for the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants.
- Winston reveals he was born in Michigan.
- Winston's parents last appeared in Volume 2 Issue #13 and Issue #14 of the ongoing series.
- Winston's father is visually based on his counterpart on The Real Ghostbusters.
- Rebecca mentions the John F. Kennedy International Airport and the Los Angeles International Airport.
- Winston's correction about there being no such thing as an ex-Marine is a nod the the Once a Marine, Always a Marine motto.
- The Empire State Building appears in panel 5.
- Page 5
- In panel 1, the building being constructed is visually based on the Hill Valley Courthouse site in "Back To The Future III".
- Winston was a construction worker for a few weeks before he became a Ghostbusters.
- In panel 3, behind Winston on the column is Luis Delgado's 15 easter egg.
- In panel 3, at the news stand are:
- Top Right
- The Omni magazine seen in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard.
- The Atlantic Monthly seen in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard.
- Bottom Right
- In the left side of the first row is the October 1 issue of Jet with Debblie Allen and Norm Nixon on the cover.
- In the right side of the first row are the October issues of Modern Drummer with Queen's Roger Taylor on the cover and Smash Hits with Wham on the cover.
- In the right side of the first and second row is the October 1984 of Vogue.
- In the left side of the second row is the Globe newspaper seen in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard.
- In the right side of the third row is the October issue of Rock Show.
- In the right side of the fourth row is the October issue of TV Times with David Bowie on the cover.
- In the right side of the bottom row is the Hot Rod magazine with "Outlaw Rod Racing" on the cover.
- Near the bottom of the panel is the October 20 TV Guide with David Travanti, Sophie Loren, and Eduardo Ponti on the cover.
- Under the TV Guide is the October 1984 issue of National Lampoon with the "Oh God, Now It's Miss Poland" headline.
- Top Middle
- Top left: October 1984 issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated with Kerry Von Erich on the cover.
- Top middle: The October 8, 1984 issue of People with the "Farrah's Shocker" headline.
- Top right: October 1984 issue of Cosmopolitan with Annie Lennox on the cover.
- Bottom right: Time magazine seen in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard.
- Top Left
- Top middle: October 1984 of Maclean's with the "Thatcher's Close Call" headline.
- Top right: October 1984 of Musicians with Prince on the cover.
- Bottom right: October 29, 1984 issue of The New Yorker with the pumpkin on the cover.
- Bottom middle: October 1984 of Orientations with the red Netsuke on the cover.
- Bottom Left
- Top: The October 11, 1984 issue of Rolling Stone with Tina Turner on the cover.
- First row: October 1984 of Transworld Skateboarding.
- Middle: The USA Today "Ghost Fever Grips New York" newspaper seen in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard.
- Middle: The Time from Chapter 14 again.
- Bottom: The October 6 TV Guide with the Paper Dolls on the cover.
- Top Right
- In panel 4, Winston looks at the help wanted section also seen on Cover B with references to:
- Sargassi's from Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Realistic Versions. The "We've Got Great Crabs" motto is from a billboard above the Hindenburg marquee in the Panic in Times Square level.
- Tavern on the Green
- Columbia University
- The original 555-2368 Ghostbusters' phone number from Chapter 7: Fried Eggs & Zuul.
- The Ghostbusters ad lists the Firehouse's address at 14 N. Moore Street.
- The Ghostbusters ad is missing an apostrophe for "were looking" sentence.
- Page 6
- The scene takes place in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard between when Winston looks up at the sign and when Janine asks the question about what he believes in.
- Janine alludes to when Peter asked if the first sign was too subtle or not in Chapter 8: "Bug-Eyes Thing".
- Winston reveals he was in the Marine Corps for 6 years.
- Page 7
- The interview scene from Chapter 14 is reenacted. Janine, however, bears her blue rim glasses from the IDW canon rather than the red rim glasses in the movie.
- In panel 5, Winston alludes to when he was shown how to empty a trap in Chapter 14.
- In panel 5, Rebecca's coffee mug is a 1980 GOP mug with the Republican elephant.
- Page 8
- Page 9
- In panel 3, Ray and Winston allude to Egon's Twinkie metaphor in Chapter 15: E.P.A. Man.
- Page 10
- In panel 1, there is a frame with the Blues Brothers in it.
- Page 11
- In panel 1, Winston notes Peter reminded him of a carny. In the Supernatural Spectacular novelization, Peter worked summers as a carnival barker.
- In panel 1, posted on the inside of Peter's locker door is the New York Post "Ghost Cops Bust Chinatown Spook" and USA Today newspaper from Chapter 14.
- In panel 2, Egon notes a vibration function. Incidentally, that function was incorporated in Ghostbusters: The Video Game in which the player's controller vibrates.
- In panel 3, Ray mentions Sasquatch and aliens.
- Page 12
- The university is named after New York's state motto "Excelsior."
- Excelsior State University's Thurman Hall is a stand-in for New York University Law Campus's Furman Hall.
- Furman Hall was completed in September 2001. While an anachronism, in-universe, it appears Thurman Hall was built in the 1970s or 1980s as Ray states Thurman was "haunted for years."
- Edgar Allan Poe's house on 85 West Third Street was demolished for construction of Furman Hall but as a compromise the facade of the house was preserved and moved half a block away. It is incorporated into the new structure along the lines of its appearance in 1845. Inside the Poe facade, a room was dedicated to Poe and made available, through NYU, for readings and lectures.
- A banister from Poe's house was also incorporated into Furman. Law students report seeing Poe's ghost going up and down the banister.
- Winston mentions Edgar Allan Poe's death in Baltimore. This happened on October 7, 1849.
- Egon mentions how Poe's ghost is seen in different places. In real life, there are claims he can be seen at Washington University Hospital where he died, underneath Westminster Presbyterian Church where he was initially buried, the streets of Baltimore near his home, a bar in Fells Point that he frequented, Fort Monroe where he was stationed, and for New York City, Furman Hall and at 45 Bond Street.
- Page 13
- Winston's critique echoes actual opinions that Poe was a mediocre poet.
- Page 14
- Poe's ghost turns into ravens, to which he became associated with.
- Page 15
- In panel 1, on the right are Harlan Bojay and Robert Learned Coombs, the deleted characters from the first movie portrayed by Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.
- Peter quotes from "The Raven"
- The chamber door
- Stanza 13-15 of "This I sat engaged and guessing."
- Page 16
- The ghost is visually based on Pluto the cat in "The Black Cat" in which the owner gouged out its eye and hung it. In it, after the house fire, the owner sees the apparition of a gigantic cat with a rope around the animal's neck imprinted on a wall. The exposed heart is a nod to "The Tell-Tale Heart".
- Peter alludes to Poe's "The Balloon-Hoax" which was about a hot air balloon hoax.
- Egon mentions this happens on the site of a former graveyard. Washington Square Park is said to have been a potter's field in 1797 until the land was turned into military park grounds in 1826.
- Egon mentions the possibility he might write an employee manual.
- Egon uses the Gamma Rate Meter, the device he used before the disembodied voice of Gozer demanded them to chose a Destructor Form in Chapter 26: Gozer of the first movie.
- Page 18
- At the last second, they warn Winston not to look in the Trap when it's open like in Chapter 13: "Nice Shootin', Tex."
- Page 19
- Peter mentions when Egon looked in the Trap during Slimer's capture in Chapter 13.
- Page 20
- ↑ Issue #1 Previews World page 10/25/19
- ↑ erikburnham Tweet 8/23/19
- ↑ erikburnham Tweet #2 9/5/19
- ↑ erikburnham Tweet 9/16/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet 10/4/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet 10/21/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet #1 10/22/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet #2 10/22/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet #3 10/22/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet #4 10/22/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet #5 10/22/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet #6 10/22/19
- ↑ erikburnham Tweet 10/22/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet #1 10/23/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet #2 10/23/19
- ↑ Tim Lattie instagram 10/23/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet 10/24/19
- ↑ Bleeding Cool "Ghostbusters Return to Year One in IDW’s Full January Solicitations" 10/25/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet 10/25/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet #1 12/4/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet #2 12/4/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet 1/14/2020
- ↑ Flickering Myth "Comic Book Preview – Ghostbusters: Year One #1" 1/21/2020
- ↑ Luis Delgado instagram 1/22/2020
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet 1/23/2020
- ↑ SyFy Wire "Ever wonder what the 1984 Ghostbusters did after beating Gozer? Finally, we have answers" 1/27/2020
- ↑ Luis Delgado instagram 1/27/2020
- ↑ Luis Delgado instagram 1/28/2020
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