I know I said that the cover was going to be my first goal, but I’ve found an actual reference article to build, so I’ll still work on the cover, and in the next week, have something, but for now I have artifacts to focus on.
My biggest fear was that the reference portions were going to be committing existing information to hardcopy. It turns out THERE’S STILL WORK TO BE DONE!
Case in point, The Real Ghostbusters Magazine – not to be confused with the UK RGB Magazine, which was a weekly/bi-weekly/released at a ridiculous pace publication that was larger than a comic, but featured a lot of of comic tales with a few text stories and articles. This US publication was quarterly, slightly fancier, with a slick print cover, and the ratio of comics to articles was reversed. Generally speaking.
I have a bunch, and I thought, given there weren’t a lot of them, and that I was missing some, this would be a nice test article. A quick search to see if anyone else had any information turned up a GB Wiki listing that said there were five issues. This was based on a listing at GBI, which had scanned and posted five issues, but never claimed there were only five. However, this information was parroted on some other sites. But here’s the thing… I have six issues myself, and one of the five listed at GBI, I don’t have. This means that while the common wisdom is that there are five issues, mine plus the odd-man-out at GBI means there are at least seven.
This is fantastic! It means that not everything about Ghostbusters is known and my work towards a book isn’t just compiling existing information online, but it will feed new information back into the community. And that makes me happy.
But down to business; Here’s pics of the issues I know of, the first one from GBI, the rest I own. And I’m listing them chronologically – there are no gaps. Which means that unless we can find a Spring 1991, this is the entire run of the magazine. And given that The Real Ghostbusters went off the air in 1991, I doubt it. But, this is the point of the reference book – I’m going to now lay out a reference page on this magazine. I will share the PDF online while work on the rest of the book continues. If more are found along the way, or even after the first edition is put to bed, I’ll update.