“Dinosaur seen in sewers!” is the 24th episode of the third season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in which the titular team visits the inside of the Statue of Liberty in New York. As seen above and discovered by Redditor Stegogo, there is a carving on the wall that reads “Venkman was here” – an apparent reference to Bill Murray’s “Ghostbusters” character Peter Venkman. This Easter egg is specifically a nod to Ghostbuster 2, in which the Ghostbusters seize the Statue of Liberty in order to defeat the evil Carpathian Vigo (Wilhelm von Homburg) and save New York City from certain destruction.
While this is just a fun nod to one of the most well-known movie franchises out there, there’s another level to it. It turns out the worlds of Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are more intertwined than most would believe, thanks to a limited story from IDW Publishing. The four-issue 2014 series follows the turtles after one of their new inventions goes haywire and lands them in the Ghostbusters universe. Despite some initial tension, the two teams must learn to work together if they are to defeat the dangerous forces that stand in their way.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Ghostbusters are both pop culture icons in their own way, and it’s just fun to see their paths big and small crossing.