Fans have been waiting decades to have their own copy of Tobin’s Spirit Guide. Only casually mentioned in the film the book was used fairly often in The Real Ghostbusters animated series. Though other resources were mentioned, this particular tome became the “go-to” book for referencing whatever ancient paranormal menace the Ghostbusters would face. This is the first official version that’s ever been released.
Similarly to the last book we looked at, Tobin’s Spirit Guide is supposed to be “in-world”, as in this is a copy the Ghostbusters themselves would own and is sort of an artifact of that reality. In fact the introduction is by Ray Stantz himself, explaining that this is a condensed version he and Egon put together.
“Tobin’s Spirit Guide: Official Ghostbusters Edition” is written by Dr. Ray Stantz, Dr. Egon Spenglar, and Erik Burnham, the later fans will know as the writer of the Ghostbusters comic books for the last few years. He is the perfect choice. Kyle Hotz takes illustration duties, and though I do enjoy Dan Schoening’s work on the regular comics (and games) Hotz’s striking black and white illustrations really push the tone of each illustration somewhere dark and menacing. Slimer and Stay Puft are not represented as friendly cartoon buddies here.
The book features articles for more than 40 spirits. Creatures from all over the classic Ghostbusters universe are included, from original film and cartoon series to video game and the recent comic books. From Gozer and Samhain down to possessed objects” like the Fearsome Flush.
“Tobin’s Spirit Guide: Official Ghostbusters Edition” is available now via Amazon.