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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 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.

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Ecco the Dolphin by Boris Vallejo.

Peruvian/ North American artwork. Published by Sega in 1992 for the European and North American markets.  

Mega Drive ver. pictured.  Also availble on: Game Gear, Master System, Mega CD.

>Highly recognisable and beautifully painted, Ecco’s western debut cover art would do the unthinkable and beat the Japanese at their own game.

Artist Boris Vallejo and his stunning high fantasy box arts would help push Sega’s Mega Drive towards a maturer audience in the early 90’s, Ecco being a classic example. When comparing Sega of Japan’s equivalent box art you can see that they and Sega of America had different ideas on the age they were marketing to.  

Ecco in the East was for pre-teen children, with its light-anime look and cheerful disposition, whilst Ecco in the West was for teenagers, eschewing the cartooned 90’s characterisation this type of box art often portrayed.

The cover art is classic Vallejo with its large, glossy, highly detailed protagonists, painted in oils.

The game’s success led to further entries with Boris creating all North American box arts in the series.

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Epic by Bob Wakelin.

English artwork. Published by Ocean Software in 1992 for the European and North American markets.  

Amiga ver. pictured.  Also availble on: Atari ST, DOS.

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>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.


Eric Chadhi.  French box artist from 1989-1991.

Outer World | U.S Gold | 1991.

Future Wars | Palace Software | 1989.