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 >Baal

Box art by Melvyn Grant

English artwork, first published by Psygnosis in 1988.

Designed for the European and American markets.  Amiga version pictured.

Also available on: Commodore 64 and DOS.


Melvyn Grant’s Baal would ditch Psygnosis’ usual sci-fi box arts and vehemently assert its own horror-fantasy instead.  


Originally a cut-out children’s mask available in the mid-80s on the back of a UK cereal box, the artwork was called “Jaws” and painted in oils on a 6.5 x 12 inch board.  It was then commissioned by the Liverpool developer in 1988.


Possibly Melvyns first box art for Psygnosis (it could also be Captain Fizz meets the Blaster-Trons), he would go on to provide the developer with further commissioned pieces, adding a darker edge to the publishers box art portfolio.




Baal

Other notable Melvyn Grant box arts

1991

>Captain Fizz meets the Blaster-Trons (EU) Amiga, Commodore 64, ZX   Spectrum.

>Ballistix (worldwide) Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, PC Engine.

                                                                 




1993

>Anarchy (EU) Amiga, Atari ST.


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If you like Baal you’ll love…

1990

>Swords and Serpents (EU/ NA) Mega Drive/ Genesis.

1987

>Barbarian (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST.



Sources and further reading:

>http://www.melgrant.com/images/images/sci-fi/pop-up%20html/jaws01.html






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1989

>Shadow of the Beast (worldwide) Atari Lynx, Mega CD, Amiga, Atari ST,   Master System, PC Engine.



Updated - 8/12/14, by Adam Gidney

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