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 >Epic

Box art by Bob Wakelin

English artwork, first published by Ocean Software in 1992.

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

Also available on: Atari ST and DOS.


Exuding Bob’s usual pastiche for bombastic 80’s film posters, Epic’s 1992 space odyssey would start with its cracking box art.


Its artistry and detail would elevate it above the myriad other classic Bob cover arts of that year, such as Parasol Stars, Space Gun and Wizkid, offering a grandiose vista of sci-fi hallmarks doused in rich colour.  It would have undoubtedly been primarily painted using airbrush, as was Bob’s favoured medium at the time, and finished with coloured pen.


The space pilot was ‘the mongrel son of Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson’ and much like other Wakelin box arts (Gryzor, Operation Wolf, Cabal) it would have been copied from a photo likeness.


The artist has gone on paper saying that this is one of his better artworks and that a lot of time was spent on it (uncommon for the time), but that it was initially rejected as not what the developer wanted, only to be later overruled. Thankfully…




Other notable Bob Wakelin box arts

1987

>Gryzor (EU/ NA) Commodore 64, NES, ZX Spectrum.

1989

>The NewZealand Story (EU) Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, NES, ZX Spectrum.




1990

>Midnight Resistance (EU) Amstrad, Amiga, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum.

1991

>Elf (EU) Amiga, Atari ST, DOS.







If you like Epic you’ll love…

1982

>The Chess Player (EU) ZX Spectrum.

1989

>Skyfox (EU/ NA) Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64.


Sources and further reading:

>http://www.exotica.org.uk/wiki/Bob_Wakelin

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Posted - 12/11/14, by Adam Gidney

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