Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finally meet the Ghostbusters after 30 years
Children of the ‘80s have made their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters action figures team up for years, but now the characters will interact in their first official franchise crossover ever this October – but it won’t be in theaters.
Since both teams of New York heroes are turning 30 this year, IDW Publishing is celebrating with a limited four-issue comic book series, written by Tom Waltz and Erik Burnham. Waltz writes the ongoing TMNT series for IDW and edits the ongoing Ghostbusters series, written by Burnham, who also co-wrote “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret History of the Foot Clan.” Ghostbusters artist Dan Schoening illustrated the covers and interior art, and issue No. 1 will feature a variant cover by T-Rex Jones.
A description of the plot and some quotes from the creators were provided in a press release:
Transported to a different universe by a faulty invention, the TMNT find themselves in a New York City much like their own, but with one major exception: a rampant ghost problem! If that weren’t enough, the Turtles and their reluctant new hosts, the Ghostbusters, soon find that the Turtles didn’t come alone…
“A couple of years ago, Tom Waltz and I chatted like the fans we are about how insanely fun this crossover would be if we ever got the chance to write it,” said series co-writer Erik Burnham. “As I sit here today, my excitement level is at 11.”
“This is an idea that Erik, series editor Bobby Curnow, and I have bounced off each other for quite a while,” said series co-writer Tom Waltz. “And being as deeply entrenched in both properties as the three of us are gives us a unique perspective on how to bring them together. And what better time to do it than during the combined 30th year anniversary celebration?”
“Both Ghostbusters and Turtles are fun, funny, and just a little bit weird,” said Curnow. “So putting the two together is a natural choice, especially when you consider the fact that Tom and Erik have worked on both properties for years. This one should be an absolute blast!”
The first issue will be released in October, though an exact date was not specified.