Who’d win in a fight between Superman and Spawn? How the f*ck old is Cable? And what in the holy hell is a Megatron? When the tough questions arise, Panels on Pages will gather the facts, but it’s up to the PoP!ulation to draw its own conclusions. So come on… Riddle Me This!
It goes without saying that Ghostbusters is one of the greatest films ever made. Thought its sequel may be underrated, they are hilarious, eminently quotable, and rumors of another installment have been around for decades. The original animated series is a lot of fun, the latest video game is a hoot, and IDW’s comics not only do an excellent job of keeping everything in continuity, but are extremely entertaining themselves as well. Still, something about the movies has always bugged me, and I figured it was time to reach out to you, the PoP!ulation, for your thoughts. Namely, what’s up with the ghosts? The movies waste no time throwing out all kinds of ghost-related technobabble like “Focused, Non-Terminal, Repeating Phantasm, or a Class 5 Full-Roaming Vapor.” What I’m wondering is what are some of these things supposed to be the ghosts of exactly?
Obviously some of them are regular human ghosts like Eleanor Twitty aka the Grey Lady aka the library ghost from the first movie:
That cab driver:
The ghost jogger:
And the Scoleri Brothers:
These examples may be jacked up with their own ghostly version of superpowers, like the Scoleri’s electricity blasts, but they’re decidedly human. Then you have Slimer. What’s he supposed to be the ghost of? While he’s (it’s?) humanoid in appearance and appetite, he won’t be going shoe shopping any time soon. Is this supposed to be the ghost of a human, perhaps being punished by some Higher Power for his gluttonous ways in life? Then you’re got other examples like the so-called Subway Ghost:
And the Theatre Ghost:
These suckers could be more humans twisted around in their afterlife, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at them. Finally there’s the ghostly monstrosity of the Washington Square Ghost:
What in the flaming blue hell do you think that’s the ghost of? I’d hate to see a live one, let alone a ghost. There are even ghost vehicles seen in GB2, of a train and the Titanic. (“Better late than never.”) It’s interesting that the main villains from the first film aren’t really even ghosts. Gozer, Zuul & Vinz Clortho, are more like other-dimensional entities. Gozer is even referred to numerous times as a God! Vigo from GB2 is much more of a “traditional” ghost, and he doesn’t even follow the same rules as others we’ve seen. (Which can be explained away by his sorcery.)
I want to hear your thoughts on this, PoP!ulation. Are these all ghosts of humans given different forms after death? Other-dimensional beings who have come to our world? Am I reading far too much into something that’s better left as just a comedy? Riddle me this! What’s up with the ghosts in Ghostbusters?