Ghostbusters Logo

Ghostbusters Logo
The Ghostbusters logo became so popular in the 1980s that it was even parodied during the 1984 election year in the US. For instance, it was not uncommon to see a “Reaganbusters” or “Fritzbusters” shirt or sticker containing a modified version of the iconic emblem.

Meaning and History logo

Ghostbusters logo


The logotype was created by the rather well-known graphic designer and film producer Michael Gross not long before the release of the first film in 1984. The emblem was built around the international prohibition sign. Instead of the usual elements of the “real” prohibition signs (an arrow, a bicycle, a cigarette etc.), there was a cartoon ghost inside.
The logo was used a lot in the movie itself, its promo material, and merchandize. In the beginning of the movie, there was an animated cartoon, where a ghost found itself in the circle, which was then turned into the “O” of the word “Ghostbusters”. The cartoon was developed by the R/Greenberg Associates Media Group.

 “Correct” symbol

Ghostbusters symbol
The original version had the crossbar running top left to bottom right, like in all the no signs in Europe. However, in the US, the “backwards” variation was used.

Emblem lawsuit

Ghostbusters emblem
In 1987, Harvey Comics filed a lawsuit against Columbia Pictures (the movie’s distributor). Harvey Comics accused the film company for using the logo, where the ghost was drawn very much like Fatso in the Casper the Friendly Ghost series. However, the court ruled in Columbia’s favor. Interestingly enough, the required sum of money equaled $50 million.

Font

Ghostbusters logo font
Originally, the Ghostbusters logo itself had the word “Ghostbusters” written along the crossbar. However, according to Michael Gross, it was removed because the word had been hardly legible.

Color

Ghostbusters logo color
Both the ghost and the no sign were given in their “traditional” colors: white and red respectively. The background was black.