|The C-list Ghosts of The Real Ghostbusters
During its run of a hundred and forty seven episodes, the animated series The Real Ghostbusters pitted our
four heroic Spectral Exterminators against innumerable ghouls and goblins. Some were starring villains, like
the terrifying Boogieman or Grundel, but many of the strangest, most inventive monsters were given roles so
minor they were never even named, populating episodes that simply crawled with lesser spooks from every
corner of the netherworld. Seeing so many varied monsters in one place was my single greatest thrill as a
child, and watching cartoons like these would ignite my imagination for years to come. Paying tribute to these
grisly hordes is a thought I'd entertained since the very beginning of this website in 2002, but it would be eight
years before technology granted me access to high-quality footage.
First, let's meet the artist:
Nearly all ghosts in the series were designed and drawn by cartoonist Everett Peck capable of an incredibly range of design motifs. These two horrors from the episode "Partners in Slime" look biological, life-like and almost believable as alien organisms, with highly detailed, thoughtful physiology.
Other ghosts, on the other hand, were distinguished by a more dream-like and whimsical esthetic,
almost mind-bendingly absurd even within the context of supernatural entities. These
two ghosts are from the episode "Slimer, Come Home," and are both pretty fascinating concepts, though I find
the wheel-tongue guy to be the cooler and creepier. Why would "ghosts" have artificial-looking wheels? What
are these even the ghosts of, if anything? It's doubtful he ever had any answers in mind, and his designs are
all the more endearing for it.
Compiling every ghost of the series would be an unreasonably daunting task for anyone to undertake, but well
over a hundred can be seen across the galleries below, with a bit of my own commentary on the most
perplexing. If you're among the ever-growing, unlucky ranks who have never seen this classic series, I cannot
recommend it enough. Though heavily toned down and mediocre in its later seasons, the show is never
unbearably bad, and takes itself quite seriously when compared to other cartoons of its era. For at least its
first three seasons, The Real Ghostbusters holds up beautifully in terms of solid, surprisingly mature writing,
vivid art direction, and sometimes truly terrifying tales of the supernatural.
|The Hole in the
Dream me a Dream
Coming to Dinner
|Afterlife in the
|The Real Ghostbusters is copyright 1984 Columbia Pictures