The people in the UK might have it already, but this week Titan Books released Real Ghostbusters: A Hard Day's Fright in the United States.
It reprints a bunch of stories Marvel UK did around the same time Now was publishing RGB stories in the United States; some of which ended up as back-up features in Now's Slimer! comic, and in Vol.2 of Now's RGB series.
And interestingly enough, Now's RGB#21 was a fill-in issue featuring three Marvel UK stories, one of which, "Ecto-X" is reprinted in this volume. Like the TV episode "Robo Buster", it pokes fun at RoboCop, though this time the robot is Egon's invention (and there are a couple of refernces to Ecto-X as "Robobuster"--I wonder if that was the working title and they changed it upon discovering Dic had used it already?)
Like the Saturday morning shows of the time, they're light on plot and heavy on Slimer. Ecto-x is defeated, for example, by Venkman telepathically communicating with Slimer.
But still, it's a fun little book, and if the writing and art quality is far behind 88MPH and Now's efforts, at least unlike 88MPH the characters look "right" to me (lol).
Amazon has 'em. Yeah, the RGB UK's are very kiddy...except when they go ahead and throw in things like beer and suicide. Of course at the present I'll soon have 95 of them for my site, so I got quite a bit of experience here. There's a lotta good ideas, but with 3 or 4 pages each tale little time to really make them shine.
Richard Starkings takes credit for this format. Thanks, Rich.
Post by Miss Janine on Jan 12, 2006 11:03:58 GMT -4
Got mine a few days ago. The stories are a bit too kiddie for me, but it's an entertaining read. And the Britishisms (for lack of a better word)- spellings and the use of "lift" for elevator, etc.- add a bit of charm. There are a few pages, written by Egon, that describe various supernatural thingies. Amazon has a second volume, Who You Gonna Call?, that I think I'm getting next payday.
Thanks to Yami Mirai for graciously letting me swipe her sig!
I finally got to meet Weird Al! Truly a classy guy- and he's really hot, too...