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BOX=ART is a site dedicated to the history of video game box art/ cover art and the artists responsible for them.

Box arts are profiled from a variety of angles using high quality scans and with the intention of acknowledging the men and women who have played such a major role in shaping our gaming experiences.

Not only for video game enthusiasts, BOX=ART is for all who enjoy quality artwork.



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 >Boris Vallejo

The Peruvian born Boris Vallejo, would become one the great box artists of his generation with a myriad of classic and recognisable cover arts accredited to him.





1989

>Dragon Wars (worldwide) Amiga, DOS, Apple II, Commodore 64, Famicom,   X68000.

1990

>Star Control (EU/ NA) Mega Drive/ Genesis.

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

>Wings of Wor (NA) Genesis.

1991

>Conan the Cimmerian (EU/ NA) Amiga, DOS.

>Golden Axe II (EU/ NA) Mega Drive/ Genesis.

>Les Manley in: Lost in LA (NA) DOS.

>Mike Ditka’s Ultimate Football (EU/ NA) Mega Drive/ Genesis.

>Onslaught (NA) Genesis.

1992

>Ecco the Dolphin (EU/ NA) Mega Drive, Master System, Game Gear, Mega CD.





1993

>Eric the Unready (NA) DOS.

1994

>Ecco the Dolphin: Tides of Time (EU/ NA) Mega Drive/Genesis, Game Gear,   Mega CD.

>Phantasy Star IV (EU/ NA) Mega Drive/ Genesis.

1995

>Shannara (EU/ NA) DOS.

1999

>Might and Magic VII: Blood and Honor (EU/ NA) Windows.

2000

>Demise-rise of the Ku-tan (EU/ NA) Windows.

>Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future (NA) Dreamcast, PS2.

2005

>RYL: Path of the Emperor (EU/ NA) Windows.

If you like Boris’ art you’ll love…

>Julie Bell.

>Melvyn Grant.

>Peter Andrew Jones.



Sources and further reading.


>http://www.sega-16.com/2006/05/interview-boris-vallejo/                                                 

>http://venturebeat.com/2012/08/11/fantastic-game-art-of-vallejo-and-bell/

>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Vallejo

>http://www.imaginistix.com/

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>Roger Dean.

>Yoshiaki Koizumi.

Boris Vallejo box art catalogue.

After flittering with the idea of becoming a violinist and making a career in medicine, the young Boris settled on fine art attaining a scholarship at The National School of Fine Arts in native Peru.


Already making a name for himself as a fine painter, Boris with little more than a pocket of dollars (and a bucket load of confidence) immigrated to the States with bigger dreams in 1964.


For the next few years he would paint everything from cards to catalogues to comics before discovering American comic fantasy art.


He would pursue this new love and build a reputation for his sensual, erotic art and sculpted depictions of the human form.  Book covers, comics, film posters, disc pockets… no media was left unexploited by Boris throughout the 70’s and 80’s.




Golden Axe II

Published by Sega in 1991.

Designed for the EU/ NA Mega Drive/ Genesis markets. Also available on na.

With a firm reputation in place by the end of the 80’s, he would start getting offers to create video game box art. With this period’s love for all things fantasy, Vallejo’s style would naturally fit and he would debut with Dragon Wars in 1989 (interestingly Vallajo’s only box art to release in Japan).


This would begin a busy period for the artist as he became a main stay for both Sega of America (Ecco trilogy, Golden Axe II, Phantasy Star 4) and the now defunct Accolade (Onslaught, Mike Ditka’s Ultimate Football).  Ecco the Dolphin would especially help propel him to new levels recognition with the game being a global 1992 hit.  


His box arts up until Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future in 2000 would be highly recognisable and pull no punches when it came to grabbing attention, something he has always been well aware of.  


His style of art sold and when you compare his box arts to what else was on the shelves of Wal-Mart in 1991 it’s clear to see why.  Heroic, grotesque, horrific, erotic and beautiful, an attack on the senses no less! But there’s another reason as to what makes a great Vallejo box art; they don’t underestimate their audience.  



Star Control

Published by Accolade in 1990.

Designed for the EU/ NA Mega Drive/ Genesis markets. Also available on na.


Golden Axe II, Ecco, Mike Ditka’s Ultimate Football, Wings of Wor… are all games with a younger market in mind but their cover arts could have easily been on the front of a sporting monthly or an erotic novella, but it’s that which appeals to kids.


His favoured medium throughout his career has been oils and certainly all box arts look painted so, and each piece would be normally completed within six, 8-hour days.


Later he would also collaborate with his partner Julie Bell herself a prolific box artist (Wolfenstein 3D, Turrican, Hardball!) creating RYL: Path of the Emperor and promo artwork for Bioshock 2.

Mike Ditka’s Ultimate Football

Published by Sega in 1991.

Designed for the EU/ NA Mega Drive/ Genesis markets. Also available on na.


Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future

Published by Sega in 2000.

Designed for the North American Dreamcast market.  Also available on na.

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Posted - Sept. 26, 2013 by Adam Gidney

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Ecco the Dolphin

Published by Sega in 1992.

Designed for the EU/ NA markets. Mega CD version pictured. Also available on Game Gear, Genesis, Master System and Mega Drive.

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Julie Bell artist page

Phantasy Star IV

Published by Sega in 1994.

Designed for the EU/ NA markets. Genesis version pictured. Also available Mega Drive.


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Might and Magic VII

Published by The 3DO Company in 1999.

Designed for the EU/ NA Windows markets.  

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Categories: American artist; Fantasy; Sega.