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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.


From the high fantasy art of Roger Dean, Boris Vallejo and Peter Andrew Jones in the 1980’s and 1990’s, to Europe’s comic book scene and artists such as Dermot Power, Caza and Jean Giraud, to Japan’s masters of anime and illustration (Akira Toriyama, Yoshiaki Yoneshima and Akihire Yamada, the cream of the fantasy paint world has depicted dragons.  


Special mention is deserved of North America’s Larry Elmore and Jeff Easley, along with Europe’s Ciruelo Cabral.  All have made careers out of dragon art and their representations are arguably timeless examples.


The most iconic dragon box art though has to be Mortal Kombat’s debut in 1994. It’s bold and simple design, created to stand out in an arcade full of loud facades and cabinet art, is a masterclass of 90’s promotion art and has been used, in some form or another, on all subsequent releases.   




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Notable dragon box arts, 1978 - 2014.  

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Overview

More so than any other mythical creature the dragon has captured, from industries earliest days, the imaginations of box artists worldwide.

  

Updated - 05/09/16, by Adam Gidney

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American box art page| BOX=ART

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Pachinko!

1980

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Dragon Fire

1981

By -


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Telengard

1982

By Greg Theakston


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Barbarian

1987

By Roger Dean


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Dragon Quest

1986

By Akira toriyama


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Dragons of Flame

1989

By Jeff Easley


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Dragon Wars

1989

By Boris Vallejo


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Black Tiger

1989

By Peter Andrew Jones


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Golden Axe

1990

By Dermot Power


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Mortal Kombat

1993  

By -


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Bubble Bobble

1990

By -


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Alcahest

1993

By -


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Panzer Dragoon

1995

By Jean Giraud


Drakkhen

1989

By Caza


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Dragon Heart

1996

By Ciruelo Cabral


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Might and Magic VI

1998

By Larry Elmore


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Spyro

1998

By Charles Zembillas


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Blue Dragon

2007

By Akira Toriyama


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Dragon Age: Inquisition

2014

By Matt Rhodes


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Flying Dragon

1989

By -


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Dragon Valor

1999

By Tarou Yamazaki


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Drachen von Laas

1991

By Larry Elmore


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Dragonfire

1982

By Michael Becker


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Golden Axe

1989

By Yoshiaki Yoneshima



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Might and Magic

1992

By Akihiro Yamada


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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

2011

By Adam Adamowicz & Ray Lederer


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Dragon’s Lair by Don Bluth

Published by ReadySoft Incorporated in 1994.

Designed for the North American 3DO market.

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Bahamut Lagoon

1996

By Hitoshi Sasaki


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Categories: American artist; Comic; European artist; Fantasy; Japanese artist

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Boris Vallejo artist page

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Peter Andrew Jones artist page

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Dragon’s Lair

1994

By Don Bluth



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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

2013

By -


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Ishar 3

1994

By Ciruelo Cabral


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Dungeon Campaign

1978

By Robert C. Clardy