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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters 1 is the first of a four part mini series by IDW Publishing which crosses-over the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with the characters from the Ghostbusters universe.

PlotEdit

When a new invention goes haywire, the Turtles are sent to a whole new type of New York City. One with a whole lot more ghosts... and Ghostbusters! The two teams will have to learn to get along quickly, because a new foe from the Turtles past has followed them and aims to conquer NYC! [2]

CastEdit

Part One Crossing the DivideEdit

Kitsune

Rat King

Chi-You

Krang

Raphael

Donatello

Casey Jones

Leonardo

Michelangelo

April O'Neil

Harold Lillja

Splinter

Egon Spengler

Peter Venkman

Ray Stantz

Winston Zeddemore

Bug-Eye Ghost

Kylie Griffin

Janine Melnitz

Slimer

Lucy

Possessed Humans

EquipmentEdit

Part One Crossing the DivideEdit

Interspatial Teleportation Unit

Proton Pack

Particle Thrower

P.K.E. Meter

Trap

Ecto-1

Dimensional Inverter

KUD meter

Paranormal Containment Research Tank

Ron's Proton Pack

Ecto Goggles

EnvironmentalEdit

Part One Crossing the DivideEdit

Mutagen

LocationsEdit

Part One Crossing the DivideEdit

Harold's Laboratory

The Lair

Daily News Building

Firehouse

Pequod's

Emmanuel Baptist Church

DevelopmentEdit

On June 16, 2014, Tristan Jones posted a work in progress of the original four Ghostbusters and only hinted it was "for something special." [3]

On July 15, 2014, IDW Publishing issued a press release revealing the new mini series in conjunction with both franchises' 30th anniversaries. [4] IDW's October checklist revealed there will be a variant cover by Kevin Eastman. [5]

On July 16, 2014, Bobby Curnow confirmed the story is canon. [6]

On July 18, 2014, Erik Burnham reaffirmed this story is a continuation of the ongoing series' canon. [7]

On July 23, 2014, Erik Burnham confirmed he and Tom Waltz finished the first draft the previous week. [8]

On July 25, 2014, in an interview, Erik Burnham revealed Donatello has access to Fugitoid's inter-dimensional transporter plans and tries to build one for himself. He does and it works. It sends the Turtles to the right location in New York, but the wrong New York entirely. The four Turtles, Casey, April, the Ghostbusters, Janine Melnitz and Kylie Griffin will appear. There will be a cameo here and there. Tom Waltz has a plan for the "TMNT" series so he and Burnham mined the idea for the villain from that continuity. The villain is connected to another Turtles character and is trapped in a dimensional portal; when he's set free (in the Ghostbusters universe) and he has some decidedly ghost-like abilities. [9]

On August 5, 2014, in an interview, Erik Burnham hinted a reference in Issue #1 will have readers going to Wikipedia. [10]

On August 15, 2014, in an interview, Erik Burnham expanded on working directly with Tom Waltz on the scripts. They got the plot hammered out, got input from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles editor Bobby Curnow, Burnham did the first draft, Waltz did a pass, and lastly Burnham makes any tweaks not related specifically Waltz and Curnow's threads for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ongoing series. Burnham cites he and Waltz came up with the idea of this crossover at San Diego Comic Con 2012 but were thinking about it in general for years. [11]

On August 27, 2014, Dan Schoening revealed he tweaked the designs of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so that Raphael is the bulkiest, Michelangelo is smaller than the rest, and Donatello has a bigger cranium than the others. Schoening also revealed he's penciled up to page 5 currently. [12]

On September 5, 2014, Dan Schoening posted an unlettered panel sneak peek of Peter. [13]

On September 6, 2014, Dan Schoening posted his design for Donatello, his favorite Ninja Turtle. [14]

On September 7, 2014, Dan Schoening posted his design for Michelangelo. [15]

On September 8, 2014, Erik Burnham announced Bobby Curnow shared the lettered proof of Issue #1. [16]

On September 9, 2014, Dan Schoening posted two cover concept thumbnails for Issue #1. [17]

On September 10, 2014, Dan Schoening posted first designs for Casey Jones but noted this won't be the final version seen in the mini-series. [18]

On September 11, 2014, Erik Burnham announced Issue #1 was complete and it has one of his favorite Peter Venkman lines. [19]

On September 12, 2014, Dan Schoening posted a design for Splinter. [20]

On September 13, 2014, it was revealed there will be retailer exclusive covers for Issue #1. [21] [22] A Glow in the Dark Heroes Haven Comics Exclusive by Ozzy Fernandez and Tony Kordos and Virginia Comic Con exclusives by Matt Slay. The Virginia Comic Con exclusives will be a red foil edition limited to 1,000 copies and a gold foil edition limited to 250 copies. They will be available on November 22-23, 2014 at the Richmond International Raceway, where the convention is being held.

On September 15, 2014, Brent Peeples revealed a preview of a RE cover he did for Hastings Retailer. [23]

On September 19, 2014, Brent Peeples revealed original art for his RE Cover. [24]

On September 30, 2014, Kevin Eastman's RI cover was revealed. It was also revealed Adam Gorham and Paris Alleyne did a RE cover for Hot Topic. [25] [26]

On October 15, 2014, IDW revealed Ronda Pattison is the colorist for Kevin Eastman's RI cover. [27] Bobby Curnow revealed the Rat King will appear in one panel in Issue #1 and is drawn by Charles Paul Wilson III. [28] Curnow revealed Wilson will draw something like 4 pages set in the past, Cory Smith will draw 3 pages set in the present of the TMNT/IDW universe, and the rest is by Dan Schoening. [29]

On October 18, 2014, a preview was released by Comic Book Resources revealing the name of the primary villain of the mini-series. [30]

On October 25, 2014, Emilio Lopez revealed he colored the Awesome Con cover. He also used color swatches from the original Turtle models from the 2003 animated series, from which he worked on, and made the ghosts look similar to something you might see on the show. [31] [32]

On October 28, 2014, it was reported Issue #1 was going into second printing of 2000 copies after the initial print run of 30,573 sold out. [33] The second printing will release on December 3, 2014. [34]

On November 1, 2014, Erik Burnham stated the crossover series takes place a few months after the events of the "Mass Hysteria!" arc. [35]

On January 13, 2015, Luis Delgado posted unlettered versions of pages 4, 11, and 20. [36] [37] [38]

Retailer Exclusive CoversEdit

  • Heroes Haven
    • Where: Tampa, Florida
    • Released: October 22, 2014 (Regular release date)
    • Availability: Online
    • Print Run: 1000 copies
    • Artists: Ozzy Fernandez and Tony Kordos
  • Hastings
    • Where: Texas
    • Released: October 22, 2014 (Regular release date)
    • Availability: Online, eBay
    • Print Run: To Be Announced
    • Artist: Brent Peeples
  • Hot Topic
    • Where: Various
    • Released: To Be Announced (Shipping delay)/Originally meant to be October 22, 2014
    • Availability: Select store Locations, Online
    • Print Run: To Be Announced
    • Artists: Adam Gorham and Paris Alleyne
  • Awesome Con
    • Where: Annapolis, Maryland
    • Released: November 4, 2014 (Shipping delay)/Originally meant to be October 22, 2014
    • Availability: Online, eBay, Conventions
    • Print Run: 1000 copies
    • Artist: Jerry Gaylord and Emilio Lopez (uncredited)
  • Virginia Comic Con - Two variants
    • Where: Richmond, Virginia
    • Released: November 22-23, 2014
    • Availability: At Virgina Comic Con on Richmond International Raceway
    • Print Run: 250 copies of gold foil edition and 1000 copies of red foil edition
    • Artist: Matt Slay

TriviaEdit

  • The Diamond order code is AUG140392
  • Regular Cover
    • Winston sports the Proton Pistol but it does not appear in the issue itself.
  • Heroes' Haven Cover RE
    • Slimer appears on the cover.
  • Story So Far
    • The opening sentence is a play on "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens.
  • Dramatis Personae
    • The Foot Clan is mentioned in Kitsune's biography
    • Ray's Occult Books is mentioned in Kylie's biography
  • Page 1
    • Kitsune is based on the kitsune of Japanese myth
    • The Rat King is based on the Pied Piper of Hamelin
    • Chi-You is based on a god of war from Chinese myth
      • The panels depicting the three immortals in ancient times reappears in IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #46.
  • Page 2
    • Kitsune's connection to Krang in Muromachi Period Japan was revealed in the Secret History of the Foot Clan mini-series.
    • Krang went by Tetsu Oni (or Iron Demon) during that era as revealed in the Secret History of the Foot Clan mini-series.
  • Page 4
    • The game Chi-You talks about was first mentioned in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #36 by the Rat King.
  • Page 5
    • Krang asks Kitsune if the area they discussed was cleared of the people living in it. This may refer to Secret History of the Foot Clan #1 where land was razed and seized during the Takeshi Tatsuo led-era of the Foot Clan for Krang.
  • Page 6
    • Donatello refers to the Fugitoid, an ally of the Turtles.
  • Page 8
    • Casey Jones' mentioning 'he's seen that movie before' is a nod to "The Fly" which involved similar story beats - a teleporter, a fly, and things going awry.
      • The "bugs" versus "known discrepancies" and "The Fly" bits were Tom Waltz' ideas. [39]
  • Page 10
    • The Ghostbusters are at the Daily News Building in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan
    • The Daily News Building was a stand-in for the Daily Planet in the Superman movies starring Christopher Reeves
    • The desk is a nod to Clark Kent's. His glasses are on the desk.
    • The New York Today newspaper has a photo on the front page of the Subway Ghost from the first movie.
    • The ghost is visually based on the Bug-Eye Ghost from the Kenner toyline
      • Initially, the ghost was described as a thin, bug-eyed office worker ghost with no legs and two ventriloquist dummies for hands. [40] [41]
  • Page 11
  • Page 12
  • Page 13
    • On the dining table is the 'magnificent feast' the Ghostbusters dined on just before they got the call from the Sedgewick Hotel in the first movie.
    • This issue marks the debut of the IDW version of the Dimensional Inverter from The Real Ghostbusters and Slimer!.
    • The Inverter was only described in the script as a "fully lit-up KIRBY-STYLE machine." [43]
    • Kylie uses a KUD Meter from Ghostbusters II
    • On the chalkboard behind Janine, on the lower left, is "Max Dennison 555-1942". That is a nod to a character and his phone number in the movie "Hocus Pocus"
    • Also on the chalkboard are references to "Real Genius" and "Young Frankenstein"
    • On Kylie's clipboard, there's a section that refers to the official fan club - The Official Turtle Force. Specifically the $5 one year membership and kit.
    • Kylie mentions The Collectors, from Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issues #1-4, and Gozer
    • Still present on the Paranormal Containment Research Tank is the thrower attachment Egon added in Volume 1 Issue #14 to mimic the effects of Ron Alexander's pack.
    • Behind Kylie, on the kitchen sink once more, is the soap bottle with Double Bubble on it. Double Bubble is from The Real Ghostbusters episode "Big Trouble With Little Slimer"
    • The Ecto-1 drives past the Channel 6 news van from the 80s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series.
    • Next to the Channel 6 new van is the red Neutrino Starcruiser and on the right the blue Neutrino Starcruiser from the 80s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series as actual cars.
  • Page 14
    • The church is the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn at St. James Place and Lafayette Avenue.
      • Parts of the roof have been changed or added to in the front section.
    • It was Tom Waltz' idea to have the Turtle gang appear in the middle of a wedding. [44]
    • Donatello's device is visually based on the Com-Link used by Shredder in the 80's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series
  • Page 15
    • Lucy, the angry bride, is visually based on Irma from the 80s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series.
    • The groom is visually based on Howie Hardy from the 80s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series.
    • Among the groom's best men are those visually based on Vernon Fenwick and Burne Thompson from the 80s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series.
    • The third best man is visually based on David Wise, a writer and developer of the 80s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series.
    • Lucy mentions the Paranormal Contracts Oversight Commission.
    • The priest is visually based on the character Lankester Merrin from "The Exorcist"
      • His reaction to performing an exorcism is a tongue and cheek reference to the movie
      • In a previous script, the priest's reaction to an exorcism was "Lady, that's not my department!" [45]
      • In the 1978 movie, Merrin is portrayed by Max Von Sydow who provided the voice of Vigo in Ghostbusters II
    • Some of the wedding guests are based on some of Luis Antonio Delgado's family and friends. Some are based on actors. Some work in the comics industry.
      • In the front row, the first woman on the left appears to be visually based on Betty White
      • In the front row, the second woman from left to right is Luis' mother
      • Next to Luis' mother is his father
      • Between them in the second row, is Luis who fittingly appears on page 15, his favorite number.
      • Next to Luis is Mariel Romero, an artist employed at IDW and a friend of his and Erik Burnham's.
      • Right behind Luis, the first man in the third row is Luis' brother
      • Between Luis' brother and Wellington is Bobby Curnow, a writer and editor at IDW (who is editing this miniseries).
      • The woman next to Luis' father in the first row and the man behind her in the third row are friends of Luis' brother, Raquel and Wellington respectively.
  • Page 16
    • Leonardo alludes to the Ninja Turtles time travel adventures, chronicled in the recent Turtles in Time mini-series.
  • Page 17
    • Raphael's "Head's up, flattop" line is almost a callback to Peter Venkman's "Aim for the flattop!" in the first Ghostbusters movie. [46]
  • Page 18
    • Luis Delgado's 15 easter egg appears in panel 1 on the back the pew nearest Michelangelo in the lower right corner.
  • Page 21
    • The possessed human near April in panel 5 appears to be visually based on Rob Paulsen, voice of Raphael on the 80s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series and Donatello on the current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CGI animated series.
  • Page 22
    • Luis Delgado's 15 easter egg, in roman numeral, appears on a brick near Winston's left shoulder

Also SeeEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Previews World page Issue #1
  2. October 2014 Solicitations via Comic Book Resources 7/15/14
  3. TRexJones Tweet 6/16/14
  4. IDW Publishing 7/15/14
  5. Issuu-IDW Publishing page 3/36
  6. Technodrome Forum Curnow post 7/16/14
  7. erikburnham Tweet 7/18/14
  8. erikburnham Tweet 7/23/14
  9. Comic Book Resources Interview 7/25/14
  10. "The Grim, The Green, & The Ghosts In Epic IDW Crossover" Previews Interview 8/5/14
  11. Review Fix Interview with Erik Burnham 8/15/14
  12. The Pow Wow Show 8/27/14, 1:13-1:14
  13. Dapperpomade Tweet 9/5/14
  14. Dapperpomade Tweet 9/6/14
  15. Dapperpomade Tweet 9/7/14
  16. erikburnham Tweet 9/8/14
  17. Dapperpomade Tweet 9/9/14
  18. Dapperpomade Tweet 9/10/14
  19. erikburnham Tweet 9/11/14
  20. Dapperpomade Tweet 9/12/14
  21. Dapperpomade Tweet #1 9/13/14
  22. Dapperpomade Tweet #2 9/13/14
  23. peeplesart Tweet 9/15/14
  24. Brent Peeples deviantArt 9/19/14
  25. Ghostbusters News 9/30/14
  26. AdamTGorham Tweet 10/1/14
  27. IDWPublishing Tweet 10/15/14
  28. The Technodrome Forums Bobby Curnow reply #1 10/15/14
  29. he Technodrome Forums Bobby Curnow reply #2 10/15/14
  30. Issue #1 Preview via Comic Book Resources 10/18/14
  31. Emilio Lopez deviantArt "TMNT Ghostbusters cover" 10/25/14
  32. Emilio Lopez deviantArt reply "TMNT Ghostbusters cover" 10/29/14
  33. Bleeding Cool 10/28/14
  34. tmnt-ninjaturtles 10/28/14
  35. erikburnham Tweet 11/1/14
  36. Luis Delgado deviantArt 1/13/15 "TMNT GB 1 page 4"
  37. Luis Delgado deviantArt 1/13/15 "TMNT GB 1 page 11"
  38. Luis Delgado deviantArt 1/13/15 "TMNT GB 1 page 20"
  39. Tom Waltz (2015). IDW Comics- "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Director's Cut" (2015) (Comic p.15). Tom says: "BUT... in this scene, I'm not ashamed to proclaim the "bugs" versus "known discrepancies" bit (which we revisit later) and having Casey nervously allude aloud to THE FLY movie were both my ideas... inspired, of course, by Erik's first round script."
  40. Erik Burnham (2015). IDW Comics- "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Director's Cut" (2015) (Comic p.21). Erik says: "Initially, I had asked for something MUCH weirder - a ghost with two ventriloquist dummies for hands."
  41. Erik Burnham (2015). IDW Comics- "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Director's Cut" (2015) (Comic p.41). Erik writes: "The ghost is thin, bug-eyed (like Dangerfield eyes) office worker ghost no legs. His arms end in torsos with arms that also look like him."
  42. Tom Waltz (2015). IDW Comics- "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Director's Cut" (2015) (Comic p.21). Tom says: "I'm not gonna lie -- I didn't get the Kinsey joke when I first read it."
  43. Erik Burnham (2015). IDW Comics- "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Director's Cut" (2015) (Comic p.43). Erik writes: "Kylie is in the fore, checking out the fully lit-up KIRBY-STYLE machine."
  44. Erik Burnham (2015). IDW Comics- "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Director's Cut" (2015) (Comic p.21). Erik says: "It was Tom Waltz who thought it'd be fun to have the guys pop up in the middle of a wedding."
  45. Erik Burnham (2015). IDW Comics- "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Director's Cut" (2015) (Comic p.31). Erik says: "My first joke for the priest, when an exorcism is demanded of him, was "Lady, that's not my department!"."
  46. Erik Burnham (2015). IDW Comics- "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Director's Cut" (2015) (Comic p.31). Erik says: ""Head's up, flattop!" is almost a callback to Peter Venkman's "Aim for the flattop!" in the first Ghostbusters movie."


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