Toon’s Fave Tune: The Ghost in You is Elisa Cameron

19 May

Dark Horse Comics

Dark Horse Comics Character, Ghost

In 1993, Elisa Cameron died.

Dark Horse Comics CharacterThe 1980s had been a special time for Elisa. Hopes, dreams, ambitions, loves, adventures … she had it all. After college, she began a scrappy and rapidly accelerated career as an investigative reporter. For Elisa, the pursuit of the hard story was life juice. Like a lot of journalists, she wasn’t always sure her motivations were altruistic (did she really believe in the creed of uncovering truth, no matter what, or was she sometimes more concerned about getting the satisfaction of nailing a story for personal ambition?). The fact that she questioned her ethics at all was a sign of her core morality — something not common among her fellow newshounds.

Elisa was good. Really good. Her story on graft in Arcadia’s municipal zoning commission was not only pivotal in shining new light on corruption in the city government (something that had frustratingly eluded many of her peers — even the more experienced ones), it was also considered by the press community at large as the beginning of a new wave of courageous and honest journalism. Up until the “St. Dehlia Street” story, the press had stagnated in years of fearful malaise, often stymied by miles of red tape and bureaucratic slight of hand, or the occasional (actually frequent) criminal thumbscrew. Elisa’s bold and provocative investigation grabbed an edge of the  manhole cover that hid the festering sewage of corruption underneath and pried it open.

Dark Horse ComicsIt was bound to happen. She’d been warned, by both those that meant to protect her and those that meant her harm, that her flame would burn out very quickly if she strode too quickly and too deeply into the infected underbelly. Her predicted demise, a mysterious murder, was tragic not just for the loss (or at least significant change) of a robust and meaningful life but because it also dropped a heavy hammer back down on the era of openness and decency that was peaking its hopeful and shining head out of the grey mass of detritus suffocating the city.

Ghost Comic Book CharacterBut death couldn’t hold her. Both the horrific trauma of being killed as well as nightmarish experiences with male tyranny throughout her life fueled her fire for a new crusade. As Ghost, she was relentless in pursuing the human, mutant, and/or demonic elements that had caused her death. But she also became an avenging angel of sorts as she found herself many times over protecting women she did or did not know from men’s heavy hands (and fists) of abusiveness. Her powers of transparency and intangibility gave her unique abilities to infiltrate strongholds and fight bad guys. Armed with supernatural 45s, Elisa Cameron was an otherwordly force of vengeance.


Dark Horse Comics

Ghost, Dark Horse ComicsIn corporeal life, Elisa Cameron was tough and hardworking, but she also knew how to have fun. As a young and vibrant college student in the mid 1980s, she would spend weekend nights enjoying a social life with friends and trendy strangers. New Wave music was all the rage and its infectious party atmosphere was hypnotic to Elisa. She frequented the dance clubs in Arcadia’s “City Lights, Sinful Nights” district (a hotspot for Arcadia City University students). The sounds of  ABC, Spandau Ballet, The Blow Monkeys, OMD, Simple Minds, Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, and many, many more flooded the clubs and streets. Elisa loved it.

1980s New Wave Dancing

After she was killed and emerged as an ethereal being, it was appropriate that the song that continued to return to her in moments of quiet reflection was “The Ghost In You” by The Psychedelic Furs. It’s a beautiful piece of pop music and although it led to many a slow dance, Elisa enjoyed it more as a contemplative song. She included it in a favorite mix tape that she virtually wore out on her Sony Walkman.

New Wave Music

British New Wave MusicThe Furs formed in the UK during the late 1970s and were prominent until the early 1990s. They are probably best known for their hit “Pretty in Pink” the titular theme song for the John Hughes movie (incidentally, Elisa hated one of our Hughes’ favorites, Weird Science — too exploitative, she says, which is ironic given that she wears a bustier that barely covers her nipples). The song “The Ghost in You” comes off the epic Mirror Moves album.

So, here you go. We share with the Dark Horse Comics icon’s favorite song. Behold, Elisa “Ghost” Cameron’s fave toon…

Lyrics to Ghost in You by The Psychedelic Furs

A man in my shoes runs a light and
All the papers lied tonight
But falling over you
Is the news of the day
Angels fall like rain
And love (love, love)
Is all of heaven away

Inside you
The time moves
And she don’t fade
The ghost in you
She don’t fade
Inside you
The time moves
And she don’t fade

A race is on, I’m on your side and
Here in you my engines die I’m
In a mood for you
Or running away
Stars come down in you
And love (love, love)
You can’t give it away

Inside you
The time moves
And she don’t fade
The ghost in you
She don’t fade
Inside you
The time moves
And she don’t fade

Don’t you go
It makes no sense when
All your talk and supermen just
Take away the time
And get in the way
Ain’t it just like rain?
And love (love, love)
Is only heaven away

Inside you
The time moves
And she don’t fade
The ghost in you
She don’t fade

Inside you
The time moves
And she don’t fade
The ghost in you
She don’t fade

Inside you
The time moves
And she don’t fade
The ghost in you
She don’t fade


By the way, if you’re Jonesing for new Ghost stories, Dark Horse Comics announced in April 2012 a plan to release a new monthly series starting in September 2012.

Comic Book Character

Adam Hughes

Hey, we found this scan while we were preparing the post. We forgot that Adam Hughes signed a bunch of stuff for us at a Comic-Con back in the 1990s. We don’t bother looking for him now-a-days. Like Disneyland, we have zero patience for waiting in long lines.

Adam Hughes and Belle Chere

Of course, we’d probably get closer to Adam Hughes if we looked like Belle Chere all geared up in character.

One Response to “Toon’s Fave Tune: The Ghost in You is Elisa Cameron”

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  1. Ghost poster by Alex Ross | Comics A-Go-Go! Comics, Movies, Music, News & More! - July 31, 2013

    […] Ghost is a great character. Her history alone is intriguing; Ghost comes back from the afterlife as a gun-toting apparition seeking to fight crime while working to resolve the mysteries surrounding her death. The mystical and criminal elements throughout give the book a wide range of story-telling opportunities (and there is a wicked cool character named Cameron Nemo that was a partial inspiration for my Comics A-Go-Go “The Devil You Say” signature banner). I think she’s a strong female character that doesn’t suffer from the easy characterizations you get with other female heroes/villains in comics. Fortunately, Ghost has had the advantage of getting good writing and illustrating teams. […]

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