Michael C. Gross
Michael C. Gross is an American artist and film producer. He is best known for his work as the art director for National Lampoon magazine. He was hired in 1970, and his work first appeared in the eighth issue of the magazine, the "Nostalgia" issue, which was November 1970. Before Gross worked for National Lampoon he was a designer for the 1968 Mexican Olympics, and he art directed EYE magazine.
His most famous National Lampoon piece was the cover for the January 1973 "Death" issue. He created "If You Don't Buy This Magazine, We'll Kill This Dog" (for an image of this cover see the National Lampoon article).
Gross left National Lampoon in 1974, and formed Pellegrini, Kaestle, & Gross, Inc. He was the personal designer for John Lennon, as well as consultant to the Muppets. In the late 1970s he art directed Esquire magazine and was design director for Mobil Oil.
In 1980 he moved to California where he was a producer or an executive producer on 11 films, including Heavy Metal, Ghostbusters (he designed the "no ghosts" logo which can be seen in the Ghostbusters article), Ghostbusters II, Twins, Beethoven, Legal Eagle, Kindergarten Cop and Dave. He was also the producer for 5 television shows, including The Real Ghostbusters and Beethoven.
In 1995 he left Hollywood. He went back to painting, one of his first interests, and moved to Italy. Since then he had cancer and survived. He now lives in Oceanside, California. He is a painter, photographer and museum curator. He also gives lectures and teaches.
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- "National Lampoon Issue No. 34 – Death". January 1973. Retrieved July 24, 2008.