Left silhouette says Go, right silhouette says Host, in unison “Ghostbusters!”


By Shawn Robare

Since I acquired a huge stack of Scholastic kid’s magazines recently I’ve sort of been on a periodicals kick.  Kid-centric magazines from the 70s & 80s kind of fascinate me and I’ve been trying to find as many different publications as I can manage without going broke in the process.   I’ve mentioned a few on the site before including Stickers (later Stickers n’ Stuff), Muppet, Dynamite, Arcade, Hot Dog!, and G.I. Joe, and now I have another entry to add to that list, The Electric Company Magazine…

This issue actually comes from my friend’s personal childhood collection.  It’s the September 1985 issue featuring one of my favorite flicks, the Ghostbusters.  Electric Company monthly, like the Scholastic family of magazines, is very much in the Highlights vein in terms of layout and content, mainly concentrating on educational stories, activities and games.  Unlike Highlights, ECM is a bit hipper as it’s not afraid to utilize popular branding in with its teaching materials as well as taking breaks from the education for just plain fun stuff like the following picture…

…which is the live action interpretation of the characters from the Junior Ghostbusters story that follows…

   

Honestly, if Ghostbusters 3 every gets officially greenlit I think the production designers should take note of the photo above for the designs of the new jumpsuits as a dark grey/black would look pretty damn spiffy (making the red and white logo really pop off the back and sleeves.)

  

Now, off to eBay as I try and locate the rare single issue of Maxx Steele’s Robo Force magazine…

  • PhillyRadioGeek

    Back then, my friends and I had plans to become true ghostbusters. No, really, we did. We were serious.

  • Frostbite

    Me too! I remember that specific issue of Electric Company Magazine. I was a huge GB fan and must have read that issue a billion times! I had lost that issue, so thanks for the posts! This website rocks!