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Ghostbusters 1 is the first issue in an ongoing Ghostbusters comic book series by IDW Publishing.


Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or any of your family ever seen a spook, specter or ghost? If the answer is yes, call the professionals! Psychokinetic energy is on the rise again, business is booming for the boys, and Ray is troubled by what could be a prophetic dream... Is this an ill omen of an upcoming apocalypse, or just a little indigestion? These questions and more are raised in the first issue of the new, ongoing Ghostbusters!


Peter Venkman

Egon Spengler

Winston Zeddemore

Ray Stantz

Janine Melnitz


Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

Ray's Spirit Guide

Jim Silver


Alan Crendall

Crendall's Superintendent


Mayor (IDW)

Walter Peck

Paranormal Contracts Oversight Commission


P.K.E. Meter

Proton Pack

Particle Thrower

Proton Pistol (IDW Comics)

Aura Video-Analyzer


Ghost Sniffer



55 Central Park West

Temple of Gozer

Columbus Circle


Manhattan Museum of Art

Crendall's Apartment

New York City Hall

Paranormal Contracts Oversight Commission


On May 20th, Tristan Jones posted a teaser for the PCOC back up. [1]

On May 23rd, Chris Ryall, IDW Publishing's Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, blogged that the series' variant covers will be by Nick Runge and each cover will pay homage to classic album art. Issue One will be based on KISS' fourth album, "Destroyer." [2] Tristan Jones also posted another PCOC teaser, a photograph of an entity. [3]

On May 25th, Nick Runge blogged about the variant cover. He used photo references provided by Lisa Stevens. The team is based on Patrick Creel (Real Tampa Bay Ghostbusters), Ben Bond, Rob Pearson (Tampa Bay), and Ben King (UK GB). [4]

On June 2nd, Tristan Jones posted another teaser featuring Walter Peck. [5]

On June 3rd, Tristan Jones revealed he will be working on supplemental material for each story. The first P.C.O.C. file will feature something familiar to everyone. [6]

On June 17th, Tom Waltz hinted will be a "special guest" in the first issue. [7] The first issue synopsis, four covers, and a supplemental material teaser were revealed, also. It will retail for $3.99 and is 32 pages in length. [8] Pages 18 and 19, without text, are previewed. [9] [10]

On June 18th, it was revealed one of the covers will be a glow-in-the-dark version. [11] The third variant is the retailer incentive. If 500 copies of #1 are ordered and the retailer gets the incentive cover of anyone they choose as a Ghostbuster. [12]

On June 24th, IDW released an official announcement for #1. More details are offered on the "Be a Ghostbuster" promotion in which retailers will have the opportunity to obtain a unique variant featuring up to four personalized Ghostbusters on their cover. [13]

On July 3rd, Tristan Jones posted a teaser featuring Slimer. [14]

On July 8th, Tristan Jones posted a teaser featuring Peter and Slimer in the Paranormal Containment Research Tank. [15]

On July 18th, Erik Burnham revealed #1 will have a Back up story, Character design with commentary, and Fan art in addition to the main story. [16]

On July 30th, Erik Burnham teased #1 will have a surprise appearance and confirms it won't be Vigo. [17] [18]

On August 14th, Erik Burnham tweeted Issue #1 hits the stands on September 21, 2011. [19]

On August 17th, a preview of Issue #1 was posted online. It includes Cover A, B, RI A, and a sample of Retailer Exclusive, staff credits page, 7 pages of the main story, and a page about pre-ordering details. [20]

On August 17th, Tristan Jones hinted where the crystals from the entity came from in Issue #3 will be addressed in Issue #1's PCOC section. [21]

On August 25th, Erik Burnham tweeted a confirmation that the release date was pushed a week back from September 21st to September 28th. [22]

On September 21st, Luis Delgado posted an unlettered version of page 20. It reveals a certain character will appear in the issue. [23]

On October 27th, IDW Comics announced a second printing would be released on November 23, 2011. [24]


There are 15 covers for issue one:

  • Cover A
  • Cover B
    • Destroyer Variant
  • Cover RI A
    • Who You Gonna Call? Variant
  • Cover RI B
    • Glow in the Dark Variant
  • Cover RE
    • Nine total. See Retailer Exclusive Covers Below
  • Second Printing
    • Issue one officially sold out and a second printing was approved. The RI A cover is used. The logo for Ghostbusters II is used in place of the standard one to signify the second printing. [25]
    • The order code is AUG118203 and the ship date is November 23, 2011. [26] [27] [28]
  • Cover RI B Second Printing
    • Due to the original printing not glowing in the dark, a new wave of this cover is currently planned to be made as of October 12, 2011. [29]

Retailer Exclusive CoversEdit

Nine comic book stores participated in the "Be A Ghostbuster" promotion. [30] [31] The back cover features an untitled version of Cover A with the participating retailer's basic information stamped on the bottom left corner.

  • Austin Books & Comics
    • Who's on the Cover: Austin Books-Man
    • Where: Austin, Texas [32]
  • Challengers Comics + Conversation
    • Who's on the Cover: Jimmy PS Hayes [33]
    • Where: Chicago, Illinois [34]
  • Clem's Collectibles
    • Who's on the Cover: Ryan White, Assistant Manager at Fort Wayne store
    • Where: Fort Wayne, Indiana [35]
  • Comickaze
    • Who's on the Cover: Robert Scott, store owner [36]
    • Where: San Diego, California
  • Curious Comics, Books, & Games
    • Who's on the Cover: D.J.H., Daniel Hansen is a customer who won Curious' contest to be on the cover
    • Where: British Columbia, Canada [37]
  • Matt's Cavalcade of Comics Cards & Collectibles
    • Who's on the Cover: Ten year old son of store owner, Matt Ashland [38]
    • Where: Corvallis, Oregon [39]
  • Past Present Future
    • Who's on the Cover: Dr. Matthew Melnyk, of the West Palm Beach Branch of Ghostbusters Inc. [40]
    • Where: West Palm Beach, Florida [41]
  • The Lair
    • Who's on the Cover: Seven year old son of store owner, Jorge Rodriguez [42]
    • Where: Bronx, New York [43]
  • Third Eye Comics
    • Who's on the Cover: Third Eye Steve [44]
    • Where: Annapolis and Prince Frederick, Maryland [45]


External LinksEdit


  1. "Teaser" Tristan Jones deviantArt
  2. Ghostbusters: Destroyer Entry from RyallTime Blog
  3. "Teaseroid" Tristan Jones deviantArt
  4. Ghostbusters: Monthly Entry from Nick Runge's Comic Cove Blog
  5. "IDW Ghostbusters teaser" Tristan Jones deviantArt
  6. IDW's Ghostbusters P.C.O.C.
  7. IDW Forum Post
  8. Comics Continuum 6/17/11
  9. Page 18
  10. Page 19
  11. Spook Central 6/18/11
  12. GB Fans Erik Burnham Post
  13. Proton Charging 6/24/11
  14. "Slimer Polaroid" Tristan Jones deviantArt
  15. "Slimer and Venkman photo" Tristan Jones deviantArt
  16. Ghostbusters #1? 100% content IDW Forum thread
  17. erikburnham 7/30/11 Tweet #1
  18. erikburnham 7/30/11 Tweet #2
  19. erikburnham Tweet 8/14/11
  20. Issuu Preview
  21. Issue 3 RI Cover Comment
  22. erikburnham Tweet 8/25/11
  23. Luis Delgado on deviantArt
  24. IDW Comics Article 10/27/11
  25. Second Printing Cover Art on Ghostbusters Fans 10/7/11
  26. Previews Second Printing/Variants
  27. GhostbustersIssueOneOngoing2ndPrintingReference.jpg
  28. IDW article 10/27/11
  29. Glow in the Dark thread on Ghostbusters Fans
  30. "All-new GHOSTBUSTERS Comics Series Hits Stores Nationwide" IDW article
  31. "Retailer Exclusive Variants #1" @ Ghostbusters Fans Forum
  32. Austin Books & Comics Website
  33. Jimmy's Excited! 9/27/11 Entry
  34. Challengers Comics Website
  35. Clem's Collectibles Website
  36. Comickaze About Us
  37. Curious Comics Facebook Event
  38. Matt's Cavalcade About Us
  39. Matt's Cavalcade of Comics Website
  40. WPBGhostbusters Twitter
  41. Past Present Future website
  42. "Retailer Exclusive Variants #1" @ Ghostbusters Fans Forum
  43. The Lair About Us
  44. Third Eye Comics 9/26/11 Entry
  45. Third Eye Comics Website
  46. Previews July 2011
  47. Luis Delgado deviantArt 11/17/11
  48. Luis Delgado deviantArt 2/19/12
  49. Dapper Dan post

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