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Box art by Art Nichols (pencils) and Bob Layton (inks)

North American artwork, first published by Nintendo in 1990.

Designed for Japan’s Super Famicom market.

Also available on: na.

BOX=ART reviews the unusual case of the Super Famicom’s F-Zero cover.

North American comic publisher Valiant would be commisioned by Nintendo of America to design its Super Mario comic books in 1990.  On the back of these comics Nintendo of Japan  would commission Valiant to design the cover art for F-Zero and the comic book it shipped with.

As editor Jim Shooter recalls, the Japanese’s attitude towards American comics were less than favorible when compared to there own Manga scene, and so to be asked to produce this work was an honour but highly unsual.  Even more so was that the cover was not used in the West where it would have been quite at home.

The comic book art style would be dropped by the time sequel F-Zero X shipped in 1998, and thus F-Zero remains as an entirely unique cover in Nintendo’s portfolio.    

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>Speedball 2 (EU) Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOS, Game Boy Advance,   Master System, Mega Drive, SNES.


>Comic Zone (worldwide) Genesis, Mega Drive.

Posted - 03/06/17, by Adam Gidney

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First published by Nintendo in 1990.

A panel from the comic book that shipped with all versions of the game.  Additional panels would also be used on the reverse of the the game’s box.

F-Zero pack-in comic panel.  Story, Jim Shooter. Pencils, Art Nichols. Inks, Bob Layton.

First published by Nintendo in 1991 for the EU/ NA SNES markets.

The cover used in the West would be a far duller effort in comparison to Japan’s, removing the comic book look and instead opting for an airbrushed composition.


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