The artist who created the famous 'Ghostbusters' logo dies

Ghostbusters was the most successful comedy in the US in the 1980s.

Ghostbusters was the most successful comedy in the US in the 1980s.

Michael Gross, an artist who created two of the most distinctive pop culture images of the 20th century, has died at age 70.

Gross' son, Dylan Goss, says his father died on Monday at his home in California.

He was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year.

Gross also designed this cover in 1973.

Gross also designed this cover in 1973.

Gross first gained wide attention in 1973 for the National Lampoon cover of a dog with a gun to its head and the words, "If You Don't Buy This Magazine, We'll Kill This Dog".

A decade later, he created the enduring symbol of a confused looking ghost in the middle of a slashed red circle for the film Ghostbusters.

He also worked as producer or an executive producer on 11 films, including GhostbustersGhostbusters IITwinsBeethovenKindergarten Cop and Dave.

More recently he launched a charity art project called "Flip Cancer" in which he and others drew raised middle fingers to protest the disease.

 
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 - AAP

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