Return of the 31 Days of Monsters, Day 10: Zombie Thug


By Shawn Robare

For all of those joining me for the first time, welcome to the Return of the 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown here at Branded in the 80s!  I had a blast last year, so again I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.  All of these monsters come straight from my vintage animation cel collection, and my wife and I tried our best to put them in a not-so-scary to really-freaking-creepy kind of order with the creepiest falling on All Hallows Eve.

When I originally picked up today’s monster I thought that he was some sort of brutish zombie.  Turns out that he’s really just an imposing looking strong man lackey for the really creepy bony slug I discussed on last year’s countdown (from episode 108A, “Trading Faces”.)

Honestly, this guy really isn’t in the episode long enough to give any sort of impression but big and dumb.  I still like his sewn-shut zombie mouth grimace though.  If there’s one thing I can about this cel and episode is that it’s an example of how much the quality of the episode can change, even within a single sequence.  This guy’s design shifts more times than I ever thought possible.  He appears close to the end of the Real Ghostbusters run, so maybe quality control was the last thing on their minds…

 

Come back tomorrow for another Real Ghostbusters monster animation cel as I count down towards one of my favorite on Halloween day!

Also, if you feel inclined, I would love everyone to spread the word about the Return of the 31 Days of Monsters countdown, so hit up those social networks and tell a friend (my twitter handle is smurfwreck, and I’m on the Facebook as well.)  If you’d like to read more Halloween-y goodness, you can also click on the Halloween Archive link to the left (the banner with King Kong), as well as heading on over to the Countdown to Halloween to check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event…

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