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.

Today’s creep is one of my wife’s favorites from this year’s batch of monsters, a Mayan demon dragon from episode 131, The Treasure of Sierra Tamale…

In this episode Peter’s father makes a surprise visit to the gang, eyes wide with the lust for treasure hunting in Mexico.  He tries to convince the gang to follow him, but only Ray gets bitten by the adventure bug, and the two don their jungle gear in search of a Mayan temple full of loot.  Of course when they get there, they’re confronted by a slew of dragon demons, and of course the rest of the gang has to come and bail them out.


All in all, though the episode is pretty run of the mill in terms of story, there are some really cool Mayan-influenced backgrounds, and the design on this dragon demon is pretty cool.  I’m more used to typical fantasy and Asian interpretations of dragons, so it was cool to see something a little different.

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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