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 >Autobahn

Box art by Janet Lopez

North American artwork, first published by Sirius Software Inc. in 1981.

Designed for the North American Apple II market.

Also available on: na.


An early box art for super progammer Nasir and a great example of a little used art style in box art history.


Taking inspiration from German car adverts from the 1930’s - see Adler and Peugeot - Autobahn’s art style would be an early and rare example of European advertising and war time propaganda art being used in box art design.  


It’s flat, pastel colour palette and clever incorporation of logo would artistically lift it above Sirius’ other early covers and complimented the era’s love for bold and simple designs (see, if you like…below).


Janet would be responsible for other Sirius box arts, but looked to have left the industry in 1983 after Sirius fell victim to the US video game crash and folded.


Of interest, Autobahn’s artwork thematically complimeted the actual games content - basically a top down Monaco GP clone. A rarity for the American scene in the early 80’s where overblown and often misleading cover arts were standard.   

Other notable Janet Lopez box arts

1981

>Borg (NA) Apple II.

>Computer Foosball (NA) Apple II.


                                                                 




1982

>Snake Byte (NA) Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64.







If you like Autobahn you’ll love…

1980

>Sea Duel (NA) Micro Vision.

>B-1 Nuclear Bomber (NA) Apple II, Atari 800, Commodore 64, TRS-80.

>Dragster (NA) Atari 2600.




Sources and further reading:

>https://worldwritable.com/box-art-brut-6fad75d971e1#.o7e5enkf3

>http://www.mobygames.com/game/autobahn





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Posted - 21/08/16 by Adam Gidney

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