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Ghostbusters Year One 4 is the fourth and last of a four part mini-series by IDW Publishing.


The final interview for the Ghostbusters biography is with EGON SPENGLER, who is inspecting the damaged firehouse while they talk. The secret history of the Ghostbusters first run in business concludes here!


Janine Melnitz

Ray Stantz

Peter Venkman

Winston Zeddemore

Rebecca Morales

Officer Mike

Egon Spengler

Bennett Davis

Man at Elevator


Unidentified Possessor


Containment Unit

Gamma Rate Meter



Ecto Goggles

Proton Pack

Particle Thrower

P.K.E. Meter

Proton Grenade

Aura Video-Analyzer



Wise Foods Products



Empire Diner

American Society for Psychical Research

Central Park


Sedgewick Hotel

Tribeca Park


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.[3]

On October 21, 2019, Tom Waltz posted another teaser image featuring each of the original Ghostbusters.[4]

On October 26, 2019, Erik Burnham revealed he only had the fourth issue left to write.[5]

On November 16, 2019, Erik Burnham hinting he was going to start writing the script in the coming week.[6]

On January 3, 2020, Erik Burnham announced Tom Waltz was happy with the script.[7]

On January 20, 2020, in an interview, Erik Burnham revealed Issue #4 shows the Ghostbusters' first experience with using the Containment Unit and things go wrong. There will be a bit of Egon vs. Slimer.[8]

On January 25, 2020, April solicits revealed the logline of Egon being interviewed while he inspects the damaged Firehouse.[9]

On March 25, 2020, Tom Waltz posted two completed pages from Issue #4.[10]

On May 26, 2020, the new release date was confirmed to be July 1.[11]

On June 29, 2020, Luis Delgado posted a shot of Winston and Rebecca walking to the Firehouse.[12]

On June 30, 2020, a 5 page preview was posted.[13]

On July 1, 2020, Luis Delgado posted a shot of Slimer.[14]

On July 10, 2020, Luis Delgado posted a panel of Egon and Rebecca levitating.[15]

On July 15, 2020, Luis Delgado posted two panels of Slimer being wrangled.[16]

On October 7, 2020, Erik Burnham confirmed he finished writing Issue #4 in late 2019 before New Years 2020.[17]


  • The Diamond Order Code is FEB200705.
  • Cover A
  • Cover B
    • On the cover is:
      • Egon's Stethoscope is draped down the middle of the cover.
      • A card at the top mentions a Issue #18 (November 1983) of bimonthly journal associated with the New York Botanical Gardens.
      • Under the card are two articles about mycology, another nod to Egon's hobby.
      • The top part of the Omni issue seen in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard is at the top of the cover.
      • Janine's phone references:
      • Under the phone is a paper on trepanation, another nod to Chapter 3: "Get Her!"
      • The file photo is of Egon in his blue lab coat from the commercial in Chapter 7: Fried Eggs & Zuul.
      • The file references the Firehouse's 18 N Moore Street address.
      • The blue bottle and contents are a nod to Egon asking Louis Tully for a sample of his brain in Chapter 28: Crossing Streams.
      • The label of the blue bottle lists Louis's date of birth as 4/18/53, the same as Rick Moranis.
      • A Post It note from Janine mentions Egon's Fungus of the Month is coming in mid-November, a nod to his fungus hobby.
      • Next to the Post It is Egon's Casio Micro-Mini Calculator from Chapter 4: Terminated.
      • 1984, the year of the first movie, is on the screen of the Micro-Mini Calculator.
      • Next to the calculator is a photo is Egon's "I got it!" scene with Joe Medjuck in the montage in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard.
      • Above the photo is a Slinkie, a nod to Egon's anecdote in Ghostbusters II Chapter 5: Investigating Oscar.
      • A Twinkie, first seen in Chapter 15: E.P.A. Man.
      • The big jar contains mold, another nod to Egon's hobby.
      • A Trap is under the desk.
      • Slimer's Ectoplasm is throughout the cover.
  • Cover RI
  • Page 1
    • The issue starts features a new part of Rebecca's conversation with Janine in Issue #3 at the Empire Diner.
    • Janine alludes to trying to get to know Egon like when she asked him what his hobby was at the end of Chapter 8.
    • Panels 4 to 6 features a new part Rebecca's interview with Ray at the American Society for Psychical Research building, on 5 W. 73rd Street near The Dakota, in Issue #2.
      • They are in the library on the upper floor.
      • Ray's outfit is visually based on one also worn by Dan Aykroyd's character Clifford Skridlow in "Dr. Detroit" when Smooth Walker and his girls take out on the town.
    • Ray alludes to the New York City Public Library.
    • Ray talks about when they were walking through Columbia University after the first encounter with the Library ghost, seen at the end of Chapter 3.
      • Ray partially quotes Egon's line, "According to these new readings, I think we have an excellent chance of actually catching a ghost and holding it indefinitely."
      • Ray alludes to when Peter gave Egon a Crunch bar.
    • Panels 7 to 9 features a new part of Rebecca's interview with Peter at Central Park in Issue #3.
      • Peter refers to Egon's diet of junk food like the Twinkie in the first movie.
    • Peter mentions HG Huges, a nod to Chapter 3 when Peter recalled Egon tried to drill a hole in his head. Hugo Bart Huges was a Dutch librarian and a proponent of trepenation.
  • Page 2
    • Winston's outfit is visually based on one worn by Ernie Hudson's character Sergeant Tremaine "Night Train" Lane in the 1986 NBC series, "The Last Precinct".
    • Winston mentions the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the final battle in the first movie.
  • Page 3
    • It is revealed the Firehouse is still in disrepair from when Walter Peck had the containment grid shut down.
    • Officer Mike is visually based on Jonathan Perpich's character Sergeant Price Pascall, also from the series "The Last Precinct".
      • Mike's name badge reads "P Pascall," another nod to Perpich.
      • Mike's license plate is 1984, a nod to the year the first movie came out.
    • Officer Mike's squad car is from the 41st Precinct. Those were seen outside the Shandor Building in the finale of the first movie.
  • Page 4
    • Winston alludes to when the Containment Unit detonated in Chapter 21: Out of Biz.
    • Winston mentions the First Precinct of the New York Police Department. The precinct covers southern Manhattan, including the World Trade Center, SOHO, Tribeca, and Wall Street.
    • Egon is using the Gamma Rate Meter, famously used after Gozer vanishes in Chapter 26: Gozer.
    • Egon is in his gray sweater outfit like in Chapter 15 E.P.A. Man.
  • Page 5
    • In panel 2, Rebecca starts using her 1982 Sony AM/FM Radio Microcassette Recorder M-80 in Metallic Navy Blue.
    • Rebecca alludes to the Containment Unit blowing as soon as the grid was shut down in Chapter 21.
  • Page 6
    • Egon mentions Gozer.
    • In panel 2, Winston mentions Egon's Twinkie analogy from Chapter 15. It was discussed on page 9 of Issue #1.
    • Egon mentions the Containment Unit was pushing capacity. He mentioned that in Chapter 15.
    • Egon refers to the Shandor building as a magnet to the ghosts.
    • Egon alludes to Walter Peck and his shut off order in Chapter 15.
    • Rebecca mentions the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and when it was blown up in Chapter 28: Crossing Streams.
  • Page 7
    • Egon refers to the capture of Slimer at the Sedgewick Hotel in Chapter 13 "Nice Shootin', Tex."
    • Egon refers to Chapter 11 "We Got One!" when the Hotel manager revealed the original staff all knew about Slimer and its history of disturbances.
    • The last panel recreates when Ecto-1 parked in front of the Sedgewick Hotel in Chapter 11.
  • Page 8
    • In panel 1, to Ray's right is the Man at the Elevator from Chapter 11.
    • Also in panel 1, in the background between Egon and Peter is the Hotel manager.
    • Peter brings up when Egon looked in the Trap in Chapter 13 as they captured Slimer.
    • Janine is in the outfit she wore in Chapter 11.
    • Peter alludes to all the damage they did to the Alhambra Ballroom in Chapter 13 "Nice Shootin', Tex."
  • Page 9
    • Peter's invoice references when he gave to the bill in Chapter 13, entrapment for $4000 and a special on proton charging and storage cost $1000.
    • Peter mentions the Canal Street Station, a subway station whose entrance is near Canal and Broadway.
    • Ray alludes to when their dinner of Chinese takeout was interrupted by the first call in Chapter 11.
  • Page 10
    • The table in the basement is essentially as it looks in Chapter 14 and 15.
  • Page 11
    • Egon mentions the field might not have been properly neutronized. That was one of the steps Ray taught Winston in Chapter 14.
  • Page 12
    • Slimer steals the prototype Proton Grenade. On page 10 of last issue, Peter mentions Egon was talking about upgrading to grenades.
  • Page 13
    • In panel 1, under the window on the right is Luis Antonio Delgado's 15 easter egg on a sticker.
    • Egon reveals shooting the Proton Grenade would be effectively crossing the streams.
    • The Aura-Video Analyzer's tower briefly appears.
    • In panel 4, on the table is:
      • A Budweiser, what Ray drinks in Chapter 9: The 1st Customer and Chapter 11 "We Got One!".
      • A Wise Potato Chips bag. In the movie, one was in Peter's office in Chapter 15.
      • Rebecca correctly recalls it took the three Ghostbusters to catch Slimer in Chapter 13 "Nice Shootin', Tex."
  • Page 14
    • In panel 1, on the refrigerator are newspaper clippings that are actually reviews for the first movie:
      • The June 10, 1984 Michigan Daily article "In search of ghosts..."
      • A Halloween 1984 showtime ad from a California newspaper of children in costumes bearing the Ghostbusters' logo and the headline "Give The Little Monsters What They Deserve".
      • The foldout manual from the Spectrum Game Cassette version of Ghostbusters: The Computer Game.
      • The image of the Temple of Gozer from the foldout manual of Ghostbusters: The Computer Game.
    • Egon eats Cheez Its like in Chapter 9.
    • Slimer flies to Tribeca Park, a small triangular park on Beach Street steps from the Firehouse.
    • In panel 2, the man with the pizza spooked by Slimer was also one of the men spooked at the hot dog cart in Chapter 21: Out of Biz.
  • Page 15
    • In panel 1, behind Slimer is the American Thread Building at 260 West Broadway. By 1981, the building was converted to lofts.
  • Page 16
    • Egon mentions the Sedgewick Hotel and the bust in Chapter 13.
  • Page 17
    • Rebecca brings up when he looked in the Trap in Chapter 13.
    • In panel 3 are the three arcades Missile Command, Star Castle, and Star Gazer, seen in Chapter 11.
    • Egon mentions the Square Diner. It is a vintage train-car diner located at Varick and Leonard Street that specializes in Greek and American dining.
    • In panel 5, by the Budweiser can is a Blody, first advertised in The Real Ghostbusters episode "The Halloween Door".
  • Page 18
    • The swirl of pink P.K.E. is reminiscent to when the ghosts escaped the Containment Unit in Chapter 21.
  • Page 19
  • Page 20
    • In panel 3, Peter is in his purple sweater from Chapter 7: Fried Eggs & Zuul when Ray arrives with the car.
    • Peter mentions Times Square and alludes to its infamous history as Slime Square, the epicenter of pornography and prostitution, until it was cleaned up in the mid-1990s by Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
    • The finale of was also meant as a nod to the Ghostbusters: Afterlife story Erik Burnham was aware of at the time of writing the Year One mini-series.[Note 1]

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  1. According to Erik Burnham, during a private email exchange on December 11, 2021, with Ghostbusters Wiki administrator Mrmichaelt, it was confirmed the ending of Ghostbusters: Year One Issue #4 was a nod to the version of the Ghostbusters: Afterlife story he knew at the time of writing Year One.



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