Ghostbusters is a series jam-packed with iconic designs an amazing creatures. Those designs had to start somewhere of course, and that somewhere is in the amazing concept art of Henry Mayo, Thom Enriquez, John Deveikis and more. Now you can see some of that fantastic art for the very first time in a brand new book.

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Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History is out this week from Insight Editions and written by Daniel Wallace, charts the creation, release, and eventual legacy of the classic movies—filled with never-before-seen concept art, behind-the-scenes pictures from production, and amazing stories about the process of creating such an iconic franchise. And luckily, we’ve got some of that fantastic concept art to reveal here on io9—taking a look at the at the creation of two of the series’ most iconic ghostly creatures: the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Slimer.

Ghostbusters TM and © 2015 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved. Images excerpted from Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History by Daniel Wallace. Used with permission of Insight Editions.

Ghostbusters TM and © 2015 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved. Images excerpted from Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History by Daniel Wallace. Used with permission of Insight Editions.

Ghostbusters TM and © 2015 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved. Images excerpted from Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History by Daniel Wallace. Used with permission of Insight Editions.

Above: Three Illustrations for Stay Puft’s melting sequence by Thom Enriquez.

Ghostbusters TM and © 2015 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved. Images excerpted from Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History by Daniel Wallace. Used with permission of Insight Editions.

Concept art by John Deveikis, which Ivan Reitman gave to artist Thom Enriquez for reference when designing Stay Puft.

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Slimer expression studies by Henry Mayo.

Ghostbusters TM and © 2015 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved. Images excerpted from Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History by Daniel Wallace. Used with permission of Insight Editions.

Ghostbusters TM and © 2015 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved. Images excerpted from Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History by Daniel Wallace. Used with permission of Insight Editions.

Two Thom Enriquez Slimer illustrations produced for Ghostbusters II marketing.

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Robin Shelby wears the Slimer costume during blue-screen filming at ILM. Creature and makeup designer Tim Lawrence (center) and associate producer Michael Gross (right) can be seen observing.


Want to see more? Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History is available now.

Ghostbusters TM and © 2015 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved. Images excerpted from Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History by Daniel Wallace. Used with permission of Insight Editions.