|IDW Ongoing Monthly SeriesSpecifics: This is for|
Museum Curator, Fruit Cake
|Appeared in||Ghostbusters II|
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
|Played by||Peter MacNicol|
Janosz Poha (also known as Dr. Janosz Poha) was the head of the Restoration department of the Manhattan Museum of Art. He was Dana Barrett's boss and seemed to have a crush on her. He was also made into a servant of Vigo under his mind control, until the Ghostbusters freed him.
Primary Canon HistoryEdit
Janosz was Dana's supervisor at the Manhattan Museum of Art; she was the only worker whom he did not berate for shoddy work (due to his crush on her). He was routinely turned down when he asked her out. He never gave up and considered having her assist him in more important restorations. He was surprised to learn Dana was planning to resign from the museum and return to the orchestra. While working on the restoration a portrait of Vigo the Carpathian for a Romantic exhibit, the spirit of Vigo appeared to Janosz from within the painting. Vigo ordered Janosz to find a child for him to inhabit so that he might live again. After Janosz showed some reluctance Vigo used his magic on him to place Janosz under his control and perform his bidding without question. Janosz, now Vigo's servant decided that Dana's baby would be a suitable vessel. During the city-wide blackout, he paid a visit to Dana's apartment but he was refused entry.
Like Louis Tully, Janosz was jealous when Peter Venkman came to visit Dana at work. When Peter noticed the painting of Vigo, Janosz ordered him to leave. Janosz tried to do the same when the rest of the Ghostbusters came, but was less than successful. Vigo promised Janosz that if he could bring Oscar, Dana would be made his wife. Supernaturally powered, Janosz then kidnapped Oscar and after Dana arrived, the museum was encased in Psychomagnotheric Slime. Janosz attempted to convince Dana to marry him and help raise Vigo as their son.
When the Ghostbusters arrived just before midnight, Janosz said they were "like the buzzing of flies to Vigo." Wasting no time, they hosed him with positively charged mood slime. He indeed woke up "feeling like a million bucks" and was hugged by Ray Stantz, who was also blasted with slime.
Secondary Canon HistoryEdit
New Ghostbusters II GameEdit
Janosz is the penultimate boss. He replicates himself and the Ghostbusters defeat him by capturing his clones.
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of SlimeEdit
On January 2, 2011, it was revealed Janosz will be the incidental villain of the game and is related to one of the new rookies.
Following the Ghostbusters' triumph over Vigo, Janosz Poha is committed to Parkview Psychiatric Hospital still covered in mood slime. Janosz is assigned to the same room as Ismael McEnthol. He empathizes with Ismael and the two become fast friends. Over the years, Ismael makes Janosz a part of his plan to revive Dumazu. After being discharged from Parkview, Janosz uses his credentials to get a job at the American Museum of Natural History, where a shard of the Relic of Nilhe is on display. Janosz steals it and returns to Parkview. Ismael takes it and goes back on his deal with Janosz, if he delivered the shard, Dumazu would give him Dana Barrett.
Janosz approaches the Ghostbusters and recounts what happened to the senior and junior teams. It is revealed that Janosz is the brother of Alan Crendall's mother and the family disowned Janosz after the Vigo incident. Alan holds nothing but disdain for Janosz but after Dumazu is defeated, he decides to forgive his uncle and make amends. Janosz is pleased and announces he has finally found the solution to his love woes, online dating.
Some years after the Vigo incident, Janosz is still committed to Parkview Psychiatric Hospital. He finally made a breakthrough of sorts and began painting again. However, he painted a depiction of "The Last Supper" but every figure had the visage of Ray Stantz. While speaking to the Psychiatric Doctor, Janosz "expressed" his feelings about Peter and Ray. The doctor decided it was for the best to double Janosz' dosage of Thorazine.
Before Christmas, Janosz was approached by Idulnas, who demanded his service. Janosz refused and watched as Vigo appeared on his depiction of Gainsborough's Blue Boy. Janosz saw through the ruse and Idulnas reiterated Janosz was needed because he was uniquely qualified for a summoning. Janosz repeatedly refused. Idulnas taunted him that he wanted to meddle with the "darkness" again and touch real power. Janosz refused again. Idulnas then threatened to flay the flesh from his bones then murder his sister and nephew Alan. Janosz capitulated and Idulnas possessed him. A few hours later, Janosz/Idulnas wrecked his cell and painted a spell in Gozerian Alphabet on the wall.
Even after Vigo transforms him into his minion, Janosz is pretty much the same artsy, somewhat pretentious egomaniac who is obsessed with winning the affections of Dana Barrett.
Subtlety is not one of Janosz' attributes. He has been seen in public openly talking to and even arguing and pleading with the painting of Vigo, apparently oblivious as to how crazy he appears to others.
Janosz has a flair for the melodramatic, as after being empowered by Vigo, he takes the form of a red eyed, spectral Nanny with a baby carriage when he abducts little Oscar Barrett. He even shows a protective side to him by making the baby comfortable and even attempting to make barricades to "protect" him from the Ghostbusters.
In an interview in Starlog magazine, Peter MacNicol himself described Janosz as not an evil guy, just very lonely and so desperate for Dana's affections that he was easily manipulated by Vigo. 
- There is a general misconception that Janosz' answer "the Upper West Side" in response to Peter's question "Johnny, where in the hell are you from, anyway?", implies that he was actually born in New York. This is, however, merely a joke playing on Janosz' misunderstanding of Peter's question (Peter is referring to Janosz' nationality, where as Janosz thinks he is referring to his residence). This is backed up by Peter's earlier taunt: "Well, you ain't gonna get a Green Card with that attitude pal".
- Janosz is the second Ghostbusters antagonist to get coated in goo at the end of a movie. The first being Walter Peck. He also shares a similarity to Louis Tully in the Dana obsessed nebbish turned villainous henchman regard.
- On the Subscription Cover of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1, Janosz's photo is above Janine.
- Ongoing Series
- ↑ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-02-01-ghostbusters-sanctum-of-slime-interview?page=3
- ↑ Alan Crendall (2011). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Issue #1" (2011) (Comic p.11). Alan says: "Um... I think something is after us because of Uncle Janosz."
- ↑ Winston Zeddemore (2011). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Issue #1" (2011) (Comic p.12). Winston says: "He was the little foreign dude from the museum that the city dumped all the blame on."