Ghostbusters Year One 2 is the second of a four part mini-series by IDW Publishing.
Being interviewed for a book on the Ghostbusters, RAY STANTZ will relate some of his earlier days working with Venkman and Spengler, as well as tell the tale of their first concrete encounter with a ghost... and the eventual fate of that spectral librarian that chased them out of the New York Public Library!
On October 4, 2019, Tom Waltz made a cryptic post tagging Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, Luis Antonio Delgado, and Tim Lattie and revealing four 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 November 18, 2019, in an interview recorded on November 12, Erik Burnham revealed the story is about the Ghostbusters going back to the New York City Public Library and trying to capture the Library ghost. He also revealed Dan Schoening just turned in layouts for the issue.
On December 6, 2019, Tom Waltz posted a colored but unlettered page from Issue #2.
On January 3, 2020, Erik Burnham announced work on Issue #2 was all done.
On January 20, 2020, in an interview, Erik Burnham revealed the story is set after Winston was hired and there is a scene revealing when Egon and Ray were first introduced to each other in college.
On January 27, 2020, in an interview, Erik Burnham revealed the story of Peter introducing Ray to Egon in their college days will be a few panels and hints at their hair styles being different back then.
On January 31, 2020, Dan Schoening posted a panel featuring the exterior of the New York Public Library.
On March 3, 2020, Tom Waltz posted two pages and two lettered panels.
On March 4, 2020, Luis Delgado posted unlettered panels of Ray in a deep sea submarine.
On March 6, 2020, Luis Delgado posted an unlettered panel of Ray, Peter, and Egon from a flashback.
On March 20, 2020, Luis Delgado posted an unlettered panel of the Library Ghost.
On December 7, 2020, Luis Delgado posted unlettered panels from the Library Ghost encounter flashback.
- The Diamond Order Code is DEC190674.
- Cover A
- Cover B
- On the cover are:
- The bottom part of the classifieds seen on Ghostbusters Year One #1 Cover B has a reference to Columbia University.
- A bag of Stay Puft Marshmallows, first seen in Chapter 7: Fried Eggs & Zuul.
- A reference to the Tunguska Blast of 1909, mentioned by Ray in the last chapter.
- A reference to the Manse Turbulence, the predecessor of the Philadelphia Mass Turbulence of 1947, mentioned on page 40 of the August 5, 1983 draft. Ray tells Winston about a documented case from Pennsylvania, the "Manse Turbulence." He listed the occurrence of major structural damage, the appearance of multiple full head and torso manifestations, and ecto fluids.
- A photo of Ray in his blue lab coat from the first commercial in Chapter 7: Fried Eggs & Zuul.
- On Ray's file are:
- Ray's employee I.D. # is 0111952.
- The Firehouse's North Moore Street address partially appears.
- The 555-2368 phone number seen in Chapter 7: Fried Eggs & Zuul.
- A Post-It note mentions:
- "Jean," the name of Ray's sister in Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular.
- A note that the first mortgage payment is due on November 1, 1984.
- A Columbia University business card for Dean Yeager. Yeager's first name on it is "Jordan," taken from the name of the actor who portrayed him, Jordan Charney.
- In the issue itself, Yeager's first name is Harold.
- Janine's mug has tea, Chamomile was her favorite flavor since Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
- A document mentions Islip. Islip was listed as the location of Ray's family's home on page 45 of Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular.
- A real world address is listed for Ray's family home, 56 Saint Marks Lane.
- The top left corner of the The Atlantic Monthly issue seen in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard.
- In the petri dish is a piece of sponge, a nod to Ray's mention of a Mass Sponge Migration at the start of Chapter 3 "Get Her!"
- A document that references the Manhattan City Bank mortgage from Chapter 4: Terminated and Ray's "Francis" middle name uttered by Peter in Chapter 3 "Get Her!".
- A photo of Ray standing outside the Firehouse, before the exterior was modified, in the civies he wore in Chapter 5: Fixer Upper.
- A Camp Waconda card, the camp was mentioned by Ray in Chapter 27: Stay Puft Man.
- Stephen Dane's Trap sketch.
- A P.K.E. Meter.
- Under the P.K.E. Meter is a passage "from a vantage...Librarian as the –" which is from the start of the August 5, 1983, September 30, 1983, and October 7, 1983 drafts of the first movie. The full passage is, "A single eerie musical note signals the presence of something strange looking down on the Librarian from a vantage point high above the room. It follows the Librarian as she pushes her cart around the corner."
- The real life book "Ghost Stories of An Antiquary."
- A Wise bag under the desk, seen in Chapter 15 E.P.A. Man.
- On the cover are:
- Cover RI
- Ray and Ecto-1 are featured on the cover.
- There are several items associated with the Ecto-1 from The Real Ghostbusters:
- In the lower left is the Ghost Claw and in the upper right is the Gunner seat from the Kenner Ecto-1 toy.
- In the upper right are the 3 spotlights, by Ray's left leg is spotlight switch panel, and by Ray's head are the extending traps from The Real Ghostbusters episode "Halloween II 1/2".
- "Behind Ray is Ecto-1's water raft from The Real Ghostbusters episode "Sticky Business".
- Ray uses the Ghost Tether device from The Real Ghostbusters episode "Partners in Slime".
- The floor and turquoise tile wall is visually based on the Kenner Fire House set.
- Ray is working on the red "sniffer" antennae on the movie canon Ecto-1's roof rack.
- Next to the antennae is the Texas Instruments Cross-Section Sensitivity Unit, also from the movie canon Ecto-1's roof rack.
- Ray is in his civies from Chapter 7 Fried Eggs and Zuul.
- Ray is wearing a pair of K-Swiss x Ghostbusters Si-18 International "Stay Puft" shoes. They released in June 2019 at Foot Locker after appearing at Ghostbusters Fan Fest.
- Page 1
- Continuing from page one of last issue, Dana's outfit is from Chapter 16: Dogs Drag Dana, right before she gets taken by Zuul.
- Dana mentions Peter and alludes to Columbia University.
- Jennifer's last name in the IDW Canon is revealed to be Adams.
- Jennifer's outfit is based on one worn by Jennifer Runyon's character Heather Merriweather in "Up The Creek" (1984).
- In panel 4, next to Jennifer is a Blody soft drink cup.
- Jennifer brings up Peter convincing her of her psychic ability in Chapter 2 "Shock The Nerd" of the first movie.
- In Ghostbusters International #1, it was revealed Jennifer was operating as a psychic in the canon's present.
- The Male Student's name in the IDW Canon is revealed to be Bob Douglas.
- Bob's name is a nod to SCTV characters Bob and Doug McKenzie.
- Bob's outfit is based on one worn by Steven Tash's character Richie Trelawney in "Christine" (1983) on the night of his death at the gas station.
- Bob mentions pledging to Delta Tau Chi. This was the name of the fraternity in "Animal House" which was co-written by the late Harold Ramis and directed by Ivan Reitman.
- In panel 7, Bob's paper bag references the fast food franchise Hardees.
- Bob refers to his repeated electrocutions in Peter's experiment in Chapter 2 "Shock The Nerd".
- Like in the Beeline mobile game, it's revealed Bob gained a psychic ability after Peter's experiment.
- Bob's precognitive dream is of the events of Ghostbusters II and he alludes to Vigo and Oscar.
- As with his reason for taking part in Peter's experiment, Bob once again asks if he is being paid for the interview.
- Page 2
- Based on the location of the Alma Mater Sculpture, Dean Yeager is interviewed inside the Low Memorial Library.
- Yeager's first name in the IDW canon is revealed to be Harold.
- Dean Yeager refers to firing Peter, Ray, and Egon in Chapter 4: Terminated and when he called Peter a poor scientist.
- Roger's last name is misspelled "Delacort" instead of "Delacorte."
- Roger refers to the Library Ghost scaring Alice at the start of the first movie.
- Roger refers to Peter's line of questions to Alice in Chapter 3: "Get Her!"
- Alice's last name in the IDW canon is revealed to be Sherman.
- It appears Alice has retired and moved out of the city to a facility after her encounter with the Library ghost.
- Alice asks if she's talked about Saint Jerome. In the first movie, she mentions her uncle claimed he was Saint Jerome.
- Page 3
- Ray recounts the mass sponge migration he witnessed that he mentioned to Peter in Chapter 3: "Get Her!"
- In panel 2, the deep sea submersible vehicle is visually based on Alvin from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, a private non-profit research facility dedicated to marine science and engineering. It was notably used to explore the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in 1964, discovered deep sea hydrothermal vents in 1977 in the Galapagos, and exploring the Titanic wreckage.
- In panel 3, Ray's outfit is based on a jogging outfit worn by Dan Aykroyd's character Clifford Skridlow in "Dr. Detroit" (1983).
- In panel 4, Ray is wearing a blue suit based on one also worn by Clifford Skridlow in "Dr. Detroit" when Smooth Walker and his girls take out on the town.
- The building is the American Society for Psychical Research on 5 W. 73rd Street near The Dakota.
- Page 4
- Ray runs out of Columbia University's Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, located near the Department of Psychology.
- Ray's hairstyle is based on Dan Aykroyd's character Millbarge in "Spies Like Us" (1985).
- Peter's hairstyle is based on Bill Murray's character Tripper in "Meatballs" (1979) which was directed by Ivan Reitman and co-written by the late Harold Ramis.
- Egon's hairstyle is based on Harold Ramis' character Russell in "Stripes" (1981) which was also directed by Ivan Reitman and co-written by the late Harold Ramis.
- Egon's scarf is based on one worn by the Fourth Doctor in the "Doctor Who" television series.
- In the first movie's deleted scene "Nobel Prize Aspirations," Peter mentions he introduced Ray and Egon to each other.
- In terms of the IDW canon, the introduction was mentioned on Peter's Crossing Over virtual trading card.
- Egon mentions he met Peter in a women's studies course he was mistakenly assigned to.
- Page 5
- Peter assures Ray and Egon no one will care about their results. Evidently, the Board of Regents did.
- Ray alludes to MKOFTEN. It was rumored to have consulted with and hired fortune tellers, palm readers, clairvoyants, astrologists, mediums, psychics, voodoo practitioners, witches, magicians, demonologists, satanists, and exorcists in its study of the occult.
- Ray mentions MKUltra, a CIA mind control project that ran from 1953 to 1973. The project was revealed to the public in Fall 1975 during the Church Committee Senate Hearings.
- Peter mentions MKUltra's documents were all destroyed. CIA director Richard Helms ordered all documents destroyed in 1973.
- The women Peter leaves with are visually based on the military police from "Stripes," Stella and Louise dressed in their civies from the rescue operation later in the movie.
- Page 6
- Rebecca mentions the magazine Popular Science.
- In panel 1, on the lobby's desk is:
- The real life book "Ghost Stories of An Antiquary," also seen on Cover B.
- A copy of the Journal of the ASPR.
- In panel 1, right of the stairs is another publication of the ASPR, "Psychic Research" on a desk.
- In panel 2, in the frame is a portrait of William F. Barrett, the founder of the American Society for Psychical Research.
- Ray reveals the nuclear material for the Proton Pack was left over from a previously approved experiment.
- Ray mentions Egon designed the P.K.E. Meter. This was revealed in Ghostbusters International #5.
- Ray reveals he suggested a few tweaks to the P.K.E. Meter during graduate school.
- The flashback takes place before Chapter 2 and recreates how the New York Public Library exterior looked like in the movie down to the ongoing renovation and background extras.
- The moment of Ray and Egon first detecting the Library ghost, mentioned in Chapter 2, is shown.
- In panel 4, in the lower right seated is Joe Medjuck like his cameo but dressed like his later cameo in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard.
- Page 7
- The page recreates scenes from the library investigation in the first movie, Chapter 3:
- Panel 1 is Egon stepping away from the Symmetrical Stacking while Ray films it.
- Panel 2 is when they find the Library ghost.
- Panel 3 is when the ghost shushes Peter.
- Panel 4 is the group huddle about what to do next.
- Panel 5 is Ray's "Get her!"
- Ray mentions Peter interviewing Alice in Chapter 3.
- The page recreates scenes from the library investigation in the first movie, Chapter 3:
- Page 8
- The page recreates when the Library ghost transmogrifies and roars in Chapter 3.
- Ray alludes to them running out of the library, seen in Chapter 3.
- In panel 2, in the frame is a portrait of Gardner Murphy, president elect of the American Society for Psychical Research in 1944.
- Page 9
- Rebecca alludes to Ray, Peter, and Egon getting fired in the first movie, Chapter 4: Terminated.
- Ray mentions going into business shortly after being fired, also seen in Chapter 4.
- Ray mentions the Sedgewick Hotel and getting their first call, seen in the first movie, Chapter 11: "We Got One!"
- In panel 3, Rebecca gets out her 1982 Sony AM/FM Radio Microcassette Recorder M-80 in Metallic Navy Blue seen first in the previous issue.
- Ray reveals they went back to the New York Public Library several months after the first encounter with the Library ghost.
- Page 10
- Janine is wearing her outfit from the first movie, Chapter 21: Out of Biz when the grid is shut off.
- In panel 2, on Janine's computer screen is Luis Delgado's 15 easter egg.
- Ray mentions the Canadian consulate. The Consulate General of Canada in New York is located at 466 Lexington Avenue on the twentieth floor.
- Ray mentions Ottawa, the capital of Canada and also the birthplace of Dan Aykroyd on July 1, 1952.
- Ray mentions they're sorry, a nod to Canadians' proclivity to say "sorry" often.
- Page 11
- In panel 3, Peter is wearing the v-neck sweater he had in the first movie, Chapter 11: "We Got One!"
- In panel 3, on Peter's locker door are:
- An article about him titled "Ghostbusters chief tells all" is originally from the July 2, 1984 Daily News interview with Ivan Reitman. A photo of Peter replaces Ivan's.
- An official 8x10 photograph of Sigourney Weaver in costume as Dana.
- Page 12
- Ray alludes to Peter not negotiating very well at Manhattan City Bank in the first movie, Chapter 4: Terminated.
- Winston's presence places the story after he is hired and after the bust retold in Issue #1.
- Page 13
- Winston's duck call line and the announcement of a Ghost Whistle toy at Toy Fair 2020 is a complete coincidence.
- Peter's quip is a nod to Ray's plan to get the Library ghost in the first movie, Chapter 3: "Get Her!"
- Page 14
- Peter's word balloon is erroneously pointed at Egon.
- Peter screams "Dah!" like in the first movie.
- Page 15
- The Library ghost commands a swarm of books like she does with the Book Bats in Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
- Peter jokes about Jane Fonda's cardio workout video series that started in 1982.
- Page 16
- Ray calls out to the Library ghost by her real name, Eleanor Twitty. It was first revealed in Ghostbusters: The Video Game after Rookie, Ray, and Egon spot her upon blowing up the Book Golem in the reading room.
- Ray claims to have Ptolomy's Cosmographia. Also known as Geographia, it is a classic atlas and treatise on cartography.
- Page 19
- In panel 4, behind Peter is a symmetrical stack of books.
- Page 20
- The main source of the books in Ray's Occult Books is revealed to be from the New York Public Library's occult collection.
- Rebecca suggests he open a bookstore, foreshadowing the founding of Ray's Occult.
- Page 21
- No cover for next issue is previewed.
- On page 5 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3, Rebecca refers to Ray saying parapsychology was a calling last issue.
- On page 7 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3, Rebecca mentions she already interviewed Ray.
- On page 1 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #4, panels 4 to 6 features a new part of Rebecca's interview with Ray at the American Society for Psychical Research building in Issue #2.
- Ghostbusters Year One #2 Previews World 11/22/19
- TomWaltz Tweet 10/4/19
- TomWaltz Tweet 10/21/19
- The Comic Chronicle Podcast "Issue #122: Erik Burnham(Ghostbusters, Scarlet Spider, and More)" 29:14-29:34 11/18/19 Erik Burnham says: "And in the second issue, the author, she's asking Ray, 'So I'm doing my research, uh, the thing about the ghost in the library that you first guys got, did you ever go back?' And so in the second issue, we have them go back and go after the Librarian which you know they did that little bit in the game but we're going about it a different way."
- The Comic Chronicle Podcast "Issue #122: Erik Burnham(Ghostbusters, Scarlet Spider, and More)" 29:43-29:54 11/18/19 Erik Burnham says: "And I've seen, uh, Dan Schoening has just turned in, uh, layouts for Issue 2 and they're going to blow some minds, some crazy stuff he's drawn in there."
- TomWaltz Tweet 12/6/19
- erikburnham Tweet 1/3/20
- Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip #602 - Erik Burnham Writer of Ghostbusters Year One Returns! - January 20, 2020 11:27 -11:32 1/20/2020 Erik Burnham says: "Or um, a scene where--where Egon and Ray were introduced in college."
- Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip #602 - Erik Burnham Writer of Ghostbusters Year One Returns! - January 20, 2020 14:28-14:39 1/20/2020 Erik Burnham says: We did--did get away to, ah, working him into the second issue. We had him, um, we set the second issue, is ah Ray focused and going back to the library after the Librarian so we set that after Winston was hired."
- Dynamic Forces "DF Interview: Erik Burnham reveals early cases from the Boys in Grey in Ghostbusters: Year One" 1/27/2020
- dannyschoening Tweet 1/31/2020
- Luis Delgado instagram 3/2/2020
- TomWaltz Tweet 3/3/2020
- Luis Delgado instagram 3/4/2020
- Luis Delgado instagram 3/6/2020
- Luis Delgado instagram 3/20/2020
- Luis Delgado instagram 12/7/2020
- teamlattie Tweet 2/3/2020
- dannyschoening Tweet 3/3/2020
- TomWaltz Tweet 5/17/18
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