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Ghostbusters Year One 3 is the third of a four part mini-series by IDW Publishing.


It's PETER VENKMAN'S turn to be interviewed for the Ghostbusters biography, and he proves to be an elusive subject... until he gets to talking about the national news made by the pretty pesky poltergeist that was haunting a fashionable New York dance club! Disco may have died, but that doesn't mean it won't come back! Ghostbusters: Year One continues here![1]


Louis Tully

Walter Peck

Janine Melnitz

Dana Barrett

Peter Venkman

Rebecca Morales

Bennett Davis

Winston Zeddemore

Dean Yeager

Shawn Doning

Dancer Ghost

Ray Stantz

Egon Spengler

Tall Woman at Party



Proton Pack

Particle Thrower

P.K.E. Meter



Empire Diner

Columbus Circle

Central Park

Sedgewick Hotel


Columbia University

Tavern on the Green

The Rose


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.[2]

On October 21, 2019, Tom Waltz posted another teaser image featuring each of the original Ghostbusters.[3]

On October 26, 2019, Erik Burnham revealed he was done writing three issues.[4]

On December 20, 2019, March solicits revealed the logline, cover A, and basic crew info.[5]

On January 3, 2020, Erik Burnham announced Issue #3 was half drawn.[6]

On January 20, 2020, in an interview, Erik Burnham estimated Dan Schoening is days away from finishing art for the issue. Winston won't be in the issue as much because the story is set before he was hired. Despite the story taking place in The Rose, Schoening still drew the interior of the club then put the dark and smoky atmosphere over it.[7][8][9]

On January 27, 2020, in an interview, Dan Schoening revealed he listened to a lot of Eighties music in preparation for drawing scenes at The Rose and teases a lot of mohawks, hot pink, and neon blue.[10]

On March 23, 2020, Luis Delgado posted three unlettered panels of The Rose.[11]

On March 24, 2020, a cover, credits, and 5 page preview was posted.[12]

On March 25, 2020, Luis Delgado posted 4 unlettered panels of 2/3 of the Ghostbusters dancing.[13]

On March 27, 2020, Luis Delgado posted 4 unlettered panels of the Ghostbusters dancing the night away.[14]


  • The Diamond Order Code is JAN200778.
  • Cover A
  • Cover B
    • On the cover are:
      • Janine's whale paperweight.
      • The Ghost Sniffer.
      • A photo of Peter dancing with a woman, in reference to the issue's story about the bust at The Rose mentioned in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard.
      • Zener Cards from Chapter 2: Shock The Nerd.
      • The Post-It note reminder to meet Dana Barrett after practice and bring flowers, a nod to Peter's bouquet in Chapter 19: Peter's Date with Zuul.
      • The People Weekly magazine is the October 22, 1984 issue. The Issue #1 Cover B noted Winston's hire date as that day.
      • A book in a satchel, a nod to Janine's reading hobby.
      • The Atlantic Monthly issue seen in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard.
      • There is a flier for a circus, a nod to the family circus Peter was part of in page 155-156 in Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular.
      • A photo of Peter in his blue lab coat from the first commercial in Chapter 7: Fried Eggs & Zuul.
      • Slimer's Ectoplasm.
      • Listed on the employee file:
        • Peter shares a September 21, 1950 birthday with Bill Murray.
        • Peter has been married, divorced/separated, and widowed.
        • "James Venkman" is listed as his emergency contact at 227-6009, Jim Venkman was the name of Peter's father on The Real Ghostbusters.
      • A game token, a nod to Peter's past as a carnival barker on page 153 of the Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular novelization.
      • A mortgage contract from Manhattan City Bank, seen in Chapter 4: Terminated.
        • The contract lists Ray's middle name, Francis. It was used by Peter in Chapter 3: "Get Her!"
        • The 19% interest rate from Chapter 4 is listed.
        • The annual payment is listed as $19,000. In Chapter 4, Egon stated in the first five years would be $95,000. In other words, each year, it would be $19,000.
        • Islip was listed as the location of Ray's family's home on page 45 of Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular.
  • Cover RI
    • Cover RI is a nod to the cover of Batman #251.
      • Peter replaces the Joker on the cover.
      • Jennifer and Male Student replaces Batman on the cover.
        • Male Student is spitting gum like he did in Chapter 2: Shock The Nerd.
      • Mooglie replaces the Batman logo.
      • EPA replaces the Comic Code
      • The No Ghost logo replaces the 20 cents bubble.
      • Peter's "8'o clock" quote from Chapter 2 replaces the Ha Ha Ha.
      • The wavy line Zener card replaces the Ace of Spade playing card.
    • Peter is in his blue lab coat from the first commercial.
    • Also on the cover is the Shandor Building, Temple of Gozer, the Firehouse, and Ecto-1.
    • Tim Lattie came up with the cover before he knew about the Year One miniseries.[15]
  • Page 1
    • Louis is wearing his blue track suit from Chapter 6: Spook Central.
    • Next to Louis is a bottle of mineral water modeled after Perrier. In Chapter 6: Spook Central, Louis offered Dana some mineral water and in Chapter 17: "Who Brought The Dog?", bottles can be seen around the party.
    • In panel 4, Luis Delgado's 15 easter egg is on the box left of Peck.
    • It is revealed Peck was placed on restricted duty pending official review after the events of the first movie.
    • In panel 7, Janine is wearing the modified version of the outfit from her first appearance in Chapter 8: "Bug-Eyes Thing" that has been seen in past issues like Ghostbusters 101 Issue #1.
    • Janine is drinking tea. In Ghostbusters: The Video Game, it was revealed her favorite flavor was chamomile.
    • In panel 8, Janine mentions Yonkers.
    • In panel 8, behind Janine is a street sign indicating she and Rebecca are on a stretch of Tenth Avenue before it becomes Amsterdam Avenue.
      • Janine is sitting in the outside dining area of Empire Diner on Tenth Avenue and W. 22nd Street at 210 Tenth.
      • Behind Janine is the Clement Clarke Moore Park.
      • A small part of the black awning of Eclat Salon across the street at 533 W. 23rd Street from Empire can be seen on the right.
  • Page 2
    • Dana's outfit is based on an outfit worn by Sigourney Weaver's character Lauren Slaughter in the 1986 movie "Half Moon Street".
    • Dana's instrument case is to her left, it was seen in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard.
    • Dana mentions Thorazine. It was what Peter used on her when Zuul was in possession of her. Peter mentions it in Chapter 20: Keymaster.
      • It is revealed in this canon, the Thorazine Peter used was prescribed to Dana for hiccups.
    • Dana alludes to when she saw the Temple of Gozer and Terror Dogs in her refrigerator in Chapter 6: Spook Central.
  • Page 3
    • The USS Maine National Monument appears in panel 1, indicating they are at the Merchant's Gate entrance to Central Park on Columbus Circle.
      • The monument appeared in Chapter 20: Keymaster.
  • Page 4
    • Rebecca recalls Dana describing Peter as a game show host then remembers she told him so. This was in Chapter 10: Checking Out Dana when Peter went took readings in her apartment.
    • Rebecca recalls Dean Yeager called Peter a poor scientist. It came up last issue and originally in Chapter 4: Terminated.
  • Page 5
    • Peter alludes to saving the world at the end of the events of the first movie.
    • Rebecca refers to Ray saying parapsychology was a calling last issue.
  • Page 6
  • Page 7
    • Rebecca mentions she already interviewed Winston, in Issue #1, and Ray, in Issue #2.
    • Rebecca refers to the Containment Unit as "storage facility," a name used in the first movie.
    • Peter mentions Times.
  • Page 8
    • Peter brings up the bust at The Rose. It was only mentioned in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard.
    • In panel 3, the waiter is based on the headwaiter portrayed by Tony Steedman in "Scrooged" which starred Bill Murray.
  • Page 9
    • In panel 1, The Rose is stand-in for The Palladium on East 14th Street.
      • In real world history, The Palladium reopened as a nightclub specializing in New Wave, Euro, and house music in May 1985 by Studio 54 founders Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager.
      • One of the signs is changed from "Miller Time" to echo Peter's "It's Milla Time" in Chapter 26: Gozer after they open fire on Gozer a second time.
      • One of the signs is changed from Elli Unpainted Furniture to Featherwell's Unpainted Furniture, a nod to Featherwell's Stalking Chair, one of the Cursed Artifacts in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Realistic Versions.
      • The other signs are left unchanged: Joon Fashion, Billiards, Pizza A Go-Go, and Men's Wear Lady Boy Wildcat.
    • The doorman is visually based on a hypothetical 1980s era Dan Schoening.
    • The man with the mohawk mentions Wang Chun, an English New Wave band.
  • Page 10
    • Peter mentions Egon is talking about upgrading to grenades, a nod and foreshadowing to the Proton Grenades used in the present.
  • Page 11
    • The Ghostbusters move through an area of the club populated with Francesco Clemente murals, also based on The Palladium.
    • Peter mentions New Wave and Glam. New Wave was a rock music subgenre in the 1980s that incorporated pop, disco, mod, and electronic music. Glam was a heavy metal subgenre that used pop hooks and guitar riffs.
    • Ray states he only knows the Blues, a nod to Dan Aykroyd and also his role in Blues Brothers.
    • Egon identifies the song being played as one from Prince.
      • Singles that released in 1984 were:
        • "When Doves Cry" on May 16, 1984.
        • "Let's Go Crazy" on July 18, 1984.
        • "Purple Rain" on September 26, 1984.
        • "I Would Die For You" on November 28, 1984.
  • Page 12
    • The dance floor is also visually inspired by the Palladium's.
    • One dancer is doing the iconic jumping split done by David Lee Roth when Van Halen performed.
    • Below the dancer doing the jumping split are three dancers doing the line dance done by Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, and Judd Nelson in "The Breakfast Club".
    • Left of Ray's head, a dancer in a black dress hiking her skirt is visually based on Cyndi Lauper as she appeared on the Japanese vinyl for "Time After Time" (1983).
    • On the bottom right, there are three dancers performing The Robot.
    • Ray names several dance moves:
      • The Twist is from the early 1960s and inspired by rock and roll but was criticized as being to provocative.
      • The Fly was popularized by Chubby Checker in the 1960s.
      • The Bird was popularized in the 1970s and mimicked the movement of birds like flapping wings.
      • The Swim was popularized in 1962 and mimicked swimming strokes.
      • The Jerk was popularized in 1964 and was similar to The Monkey with moving your arms like you were conducting, crossing your wrists, then sweeping out.
      • The Boogaloo was from 1965 and a kind of funk dance that involved a pulsating motion from side to side.
      • The Bump was popularized in 1975 and involved dance partners bumping hips.
      • The Hustle was a blanket term for disco dancing in the 1970s.
  • Page 13
    • In panel 4, on the left, a dancer is visually based on Annie Lennox.
    • In panel 4, on the right, are two dancers visually based on Hall (back to reader) & Oates (pink pants) in the outfits and poses like one of the color covers of their album Voices from 1980.
  • Page 14
  • Page 15
    • In panel 3, Ray and the women are performing the can can.
      • One woman is based on Madonna from her "Crazy For You" music video/cameo in "Vision Quest" (1985).
    • Egon does the Moonwalk, a backslide popularized by Michael Jackson in 1983.
  • Page 16
    • Peter refers to Id from Sigmund Freud's structural model of the psyche. Id was the primitive and instinctive components of the personality.
    • The ghost's hair style is based on Mike Score from the New Wave band A Flock of Seagulls.
    • The ghost wears glasses based on vintage Alain Mikli glasses from the 1980s.
  • Page 17
    • In panel 2, Ray and the others are in a conga line.
      • At the end of the line is Andy Warhol.
      • In front of Warhol is Tina Turner from Bryan Adams' "It's Only Love" (1984) music video.
      • In front of Turner is Duckie from "Pretty in Pink".
      • In front of Ray is Jellybean Benitez, a key figure of the New York nightlife, in a striped shirt and overalls he wore in an outing with then girlfriend Madonna.
  • Page 18
    • As the ghost is pulled into the Trap, he opens his jacket as a nod to Michael Jackson.
    • In panel 6:
      • Above Peter and Egon in the green pants are the twins Carlos and Julio from the Douchebusters fan duo.
      • Right of Ray in the red high heels is Fiona Henderson from Ghostbusters of British Colombia.
      • In the upper right corner is Ryan Doell from Ghostbusters of British Colombia.
  • Page 19
    • In panel 1, the blonde woman on the far left who screams "Woooo!" is visually based on Brigitte Nielsen as Ludmilla in an outfit from "Rocky V".
    • In panel 1, between Egon and Ray is a man visually based on the late Prince.
    • In panel 1, right of Ray is a man visually based on Boy George.
    • In panel 1, right of Boy George and the other person is a man visually based on Billy Idol.
    • In panel 2, the woman who invites the Ghostbusters to dance is based on Pat Benatar in the second half of her music video for "Love is a Battlefield."
    • In panel 2, right of Benatar is the tall woman from Louis' party, portrayed by Jean Kasem, in Chapter 17: "Who Brought The Dog?"
    • In panel 2, between Benatar and Jean is David Bowie in his yellow suit.
    • In panel 5, the Ghostbusters dance like how they do in the music video for Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" song.
    • In panel 5, on the left is Claire and on the right is Bender from "The Breakfast Club." The latter is in his iconic pose from the end of the movie.
    • In panel 5, behind Egon is Ray Parker Jr. and to his right is Don Johnson and Philip-Michael Thomas as Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs from the "Miami Vice" television series.
  • Page 20
    • Peter alludes to Casey Kasem talking about the bust at The Rose in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard and even quotes his "pretty pesky poltergeist" line.
    • Peter mentions the bust took place before they hired Winston. It was indeed mentioned in Chapter 14 right before Winston goes to the Firehouse and applies for the job opening.
    • Peter mentions the Moonwalk.
    • Peter mentions he's got a meeting to talk to his agent about TV, a nod to and foreshadowing The World of the Psychic.
    • Peter mentions The Tonight Show.
  • Page 21
  • On page 1 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #4:
    • There is a new part of Rebecca's conversation with Janine from Issue #3 at the Empire Diner.
    • Panels 7 to 9 features a new part of Rebecca's interview with Peter at Central Park in Issue #3.

Also See


  1. Previews World Year One #3 12/20/19
  2. TomWaltz Tweet 10/4/19
  3. TomWaltz Tweet 10/21/19
  4. erikburnham Tweet 10/26/19
  5. Major Spoilers "IDW Publishing for March 2020" 12/20/19
  6. erikburnham Tweet 1/3/20
  7. Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip #602 - Erik Burnham Writer of Ghostbusters Year One Returns! - January 20, 2020 11:38 -11:43 1/20/2020 Erik Burnham says: "And Dan is, gosh, I think days away from finishing Issue #3."
  8. Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip #602 - Erik Burnham Writer of Ghostbusters Year One Returns! - January 20, 2020 14:41-15:00 1/20/2020 Erik Burnham says: "Um, the third issue was set just before he was hired so he's a little...a little bit less in that. The preview---the solicit is out now I should say, not the preview, and that's y'know at the--the Casey Kasem bit, the fashionable nightclub the Rose."
  9. Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip #602 - Erik Burnham Writer of Ghostbusters Year One Returns! - January 20, 2020 17:49-18:01 1/20/2020 Erik Burnham says: "The, uh, the third issue of Year One with the Rose. I said, "Okay, so we're in a nightclub which means there's a lot of dark and there's a lot of smoke so you won't have to worry about"--he drew the club anyway then put the dark and smoke over it."
  10. SyFy Wire "Ever wonder what the 1984 Ghostbusters did after beating Gozer? Finally, we have answers" 1/27/2020
  11. Luis Delgado instagram 3/23/2020
  12. Flickering Myth "Comic Book Preview – Ghostbusters: Year One #3" 3/24/2020
  13. Luis Delgado instagram 3/25/2020
  14. Luis Delgado instagram 3/27/2020
  15. teamlattie Tweet 12/23/19


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