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Not to be confused with the Ghost Smashers script


The Ghost Smashers [1] are a group of paranormal eliminators founded by Ron Alexander. In direct competition with the Ghostbusters, they offered obliteration of ghosts rather than storage as a solution.

HistoryEdit

During a special performance of "Don Giovanni," for charity fundraising, at the Metropolitan Opera House, the Phantom of the Opera manifested and the Ghost Smashers made their premature debut to the public. They atomized the Phantom with their equipment and amazed the crowd. They waited up and introduced themselves to Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler before hitting the road.

As the weeks passed, the Ghost Smashers stole the limelight from the Ghostbusters more and more. Clients began to hire the Smashers over the Ghostbusters. And because they provided their services in an often flamboyant manner, the Smashers attracted good publicity - which the Mayor was rather fond of. Egon determined the Smashers' technology was only temporarily atomizing ghosts and they would reconstitute themselves. To make matters worse, the Smashers had no contract with New York City. Walter Peck and the Paranormal Contracts Oversight Commission had no authority over them. If Peck acted without reasonable cause, the Smashers could simply insist the Ghostbusters were trying to sabotage the competition. And proof was hard to come by without engaging in corporate espionage.

In the fall, the Ghost Smashers took on a pro bono case in Central Park. To their surprise, the Smashers failed to atomize the Goast. Luckily, Peter Venkman and Ray were in the vicinity and trapped the entity. In November, the Ghost Smashers were forced to work with the Ghostbusters in neutralizing the threat of the Megaspook they helped create by atomizing ghosts for months. Once the threat was over, Peck made it known the Ghost Smashers would be out of business and charged with damages done should anything catastrophic happen.

After the Megaspook was dispersed, Ron was arrested and the Ghost Smashers were disbanded. The legislature passed an ordinance limiting future paranormal start ups as direct result of the Ghost Smashers. [2] However, Peck had not forgotten the outstanding Q-rating they received from the public and in the following year PCOC soon had their own female team of paranormal investigators to manage, one formed by Janine Melnitz after the original Ghostbusters were kidnapped by four demons. [3]

A couple weeks into the Tiamat incident, a sudden surge in P.K.E. activity originating from Hart Island prompted Ray Stantz to request extra help. At Ron's suggestion, the other three former Ghost Smashers were brought in. They accepted the offer and were equipped with new charcoal jumpsuits, with their insignia's logo and colors incorporated into the patches, and Proton Packs. Ultimately, all four members remained connected to the Ghostbusters franchise. Jenny became a liaison between PCOC and the Ghostbusters while Ron, Dani, and Lou became part of the Chicago Ghostbusters.

Known MembersEdit

Former MembersEdit

Known EquipmentEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The phone number for the Ghost Smashers is 1-800-BOO-BUST.
    • The 1-800-BOO-BUST phone number was from the roof top display of the unused Ecto-cab concept art for Ghostbusters II. [4]
  • The business slogan, seen on the rear of the Ghostmobile, is "Service is Job One."
  • The business address is 7 S. Less Street, Manhattan, New York. [5]

AppearancesEdit

IDW Comics

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ron Alexander (2012). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 1 Issue #13" (2012) (Comic p.19). Ron says: "I'm Ron Alexander and we are the Ghost Smashers."
  2. Ms. Stone (2013). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1" (2013) (Comic p.13). Stone says: "Of course, they're why the ordinance limiting future paranormal start ups was put in place."
  3. Walter Peck (2013). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1" (2013) (Comic p.13). Peck says: "Correct. But their Q-rating was through the roof - the public loved the imagery of women busting ghosts."
  4. Proton Charging "Previously unseen Ecto-1a concept art found!" 7/23/09
  5. Ghostbusters Volume 1 Issue #14 PCOC Page
  6. Walter Peck (2013). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1" (2013) (Comic p.13). Peck says: "You remember the Ghost Smashers?"
  7. Janine Melnitz (2013). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #2" (2013) (Comic p.8). Janine says: "She's not one of the bimbos you're used to working with."
  8. Text Box (2013). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #5" (2013) (Comic p.1). Text Box says: "Former Ghost Smasher."
  9. Dramatis Personae (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #1" (2016) (Comic Dramatis Personae). Line reads: "Former member of Ron Alexander's rival Ghost Smashers firm."


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