Alan Crendall is a playable character in Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime. [1] He also appears in the new ongoing series from IDW Comics but, much younger as a child.


Sanctum of SlimeEdit

Alan Crendall joined the junior team of the Ghostbusters out of a desire to clear his family's name after the damage done to it by Janosz Poha, his uncle. After the junior team defeats Dumazu, Alan makes amends with Janosz.

IDW ComicsEdit

A young Alan Crendall lives with his mother in unit 426 of an apartment complex and was acquainted with the Ghostbusters. After the "Infestation" Incident, his complex was haunted by Slimer. Alan believed it to be a curse brought on his family because of his uncle's misdeeds, but his mother told him not to talk about it. A week later, while delivering baklava to the Ghostbusters, Alan confided in Winston Zeddemore and Janine Melnitz. Winston agreed to look into it in exchange for the baklava, since Alan only had $6. At the end of the year, Idulnas coerced Janosz Poha into serving him by threatening to kill Alan and his mother. [2]

In the near future, Alan belayed Samuel from shooting the Cerberus Manifestation. He wanted to draw it away from Bridget and get a clean shot at it. However, before he could finish his sentence, the entity was gone.


"Practical and hardworking, Alan has no real background in the paranormal but is the workhorse leader of the team -- the others know he's always there to pick them up after a Knock Down or help with wrangling a frenzied ghoul. He's also the steady hand of the team - when things go wrong he's the one with the plan."[3]

Alan is also described as a "typical blue collar kind of guy" and "pragmatic." [4]


On February 28, 2011, it was revealed the familial connection will be between Janosz Poha and Alan Crendall. The specific connection is revealed in the game. [5]


  • Alan was originally named "Oscar" but that name and the story crafted for him didn't fit with other things that were happening with the Ghostbusters franchise at the time so it was dropped. [6]
  • In the third draft of the script, Alan was kidnapped by Janosz when he was a child. [7]
  • Alan is "pretty much the same age" as Samuel Hazer. [8]
  • On the Subscription Cover of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1, Alan's photo is above Janine.



  2. Idulnas (2013). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Issue #16" (2013) (Comic p.8). Idulnas says: "I will flay the flesh from your bones, Janosz Poha! And then I will spill the blood of your sister, your precious nephew..."
  3. USA Today 2/2011
  4. Third Draft Script, Page 10 and 14
  5. Hero Complex LA Times 2/28/11
  6. Spook Central Interview 3/19/11
  7. Third Draft Script, Page 20
  8. Third Draft Script, Page 25


Primary CanonEdit

Non CanonEdit

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