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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.

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


All information on this site is through my own findings and is believed to be correct.  Any corrections, errors or admissions that need to be made, or artists that would like to be involved in BOX=ART, please feel free to contact me.

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Box art inde: E - Ex

Artist index: Ed - Er


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 >E - Ex

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.

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Eric Chadhi.  French box artist from 1989-1991.

Another World | U.S Gold | 1991 | 3DO, AMI, APP, DOS, JAG, MD, SF, ST WIN.

Future Wars | Palace Software | 1989 | EU ver. | AMI, DOS, ST.







Elemental Gimmick Gear (エレメンタルギミックギア) by Hidetsugu Watanabe.

Japanese artwork. Published by Hudson Soft in 1999 for the Japanese Dreamcast market.



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Eldorado Gate Vol 1. (エルドラドゲート 第1巻) by Yoshitaka Amano.

Japanese artwork. Published by Capcom in 2000 for the Japanese Dreamcast market.  





>This box art would be the first of seven that Capcom released for it’s Eldorado series. All seven covers would be Amano designs and would be decidedly more anime inspired than his usual efforts, that arguably styalistically stand out from the rest of his catalogue.

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Escape by Silas Warner.

North American artwork. Published by Muse Software in 1978 for the North American Apple II market.




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Earthworm Jim by Mike Koelsch.

North American artwork. Published by Playmates Interactive Entertainment globally in 1994.

Genesis ver. pictured. Also available on: Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Game Gear, Master System, Mega Drive, SNES, Super Famicom.  



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Edayan (Shinya Edaki)  Japanese box artist from 1996-2001.

Project Justice | Capcom | 2000 | JPN ver. | DC.

Project Justice | Capcom | 2001 | EU/ NA ver. | DC.

Rival Schools | Capcom | 1998 | EU ver. | PS1.

Rival Schools | Capcom | 1998 | JPN ver. | PS1.

Rival Schools | Capcom | 1998 | NA ver. | PS1.

Shiritsu Justice Gakuen: Nekketsu Seishun Nikki 2 | Capcom | 1999 | PS1.

Street Fighter Alpha 2 | Capcom | 1996 | JPN ver. | SAT.

Street Fighter Alpha 3 | Capcom | 1998 | EU/ NA ver. | DC, GBA.

Street Fighter Alpha 3 | Capcom | 1998 | JPN ver. | PS1.

Street Fighter EX Plus α | Capcom | 1997 | JPN ver. | PS1.

Street Fighter EX2 Plus | Capcom | 2000. | JPN ver. | PS1.

Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival | Capcom | 2001.

Elite by Philip Castle.

English artwork. Published by Acornsoft in 1986 for the European market.

BBC Micro ver. pictured. Also available on: Acorn Electron.



>The famous cover and poster artist (Aladdin Sane, Clockwork Orange, Mars Attacks!) would be responsible in designing the first box art for this seminal space-trader game.

The artwork’s spaceship and space setting was standard 70’s/ 80’s design but the piece would be elevated by the glorious and dominating logo. The logo, inspired by pilot’s wings, would also have the look of a griffin applied to it giving it coat of arms feel.

The popularity of the game meant that publisher Firebird ported it to every going home computer of the day along with the NES. On these box arts a version of Philip’s logo would be all that was used. It is a iconic and imposing design that is still striking to this day.

>Pictures from top - original box art and re-release cover art.

     

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Emmanuel.  English box artist from 1982-1984.

The artist looks to have only worked within the video game industry for short lived publisher Carnell Software.  

He is better known for working for fantasy magazine White Dwarf and various sci-fi/ fantasy book publications as a cover artist.

Adventures of St Bernard, The | Carnell Software | 1983 | ZX.

Black Crystal | Carnell Software | 1982 | C64, ZX, ZX81.

Citadel of Chaos | Carnell Software | 1982 | DRG, ZX, ZX81.

Crypt, The | Carnell Software | 1983 | ZX.

Devil Rides In | Carnell Software | 1983 | ZX.

Starforce One | Carnell Software | 1984 | ZX.

Volcanic Dungeon | Carnell Software | 1982 | DRG, ZX, ZX81.

ZX Compendium | Carnell Software | 1983 | ZX81.




Elder Scrolls V, The: Skyrim by Adam Adamowicz & Ray Lederer.

North American artwork. First published by Bethesda Software in 2011 for the European and North American markets.

Windows ver. pictured. Also available on: PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One.



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Escape from Monkey Island by Mike Koelsch.

North American artwork. Published by LucasArts in 2000 for the European and North American markets.

Windows ver. pictured. Also available on: Mac, PS2 (EU).  



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E. T. The Extra Terrestrial by Hiro Kimura.

Japanese artwork. Published by Atari in 1992 for the North American Atari 2600 market.



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>The infamous game that legend has heaped the coals of failure upon its shoulder - in part, and probably unfairly, accrediting it to the video game crash of 1983 - would have quite the pleasant and frank cover art.

The character art looks to have been taken from a movie still, cobbled together with phone motives and arguably does a good job of portraying the innocence and wide eyed wonder the movie is famous for.

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Special category index: Eu

European Comic Book Characters.  Notable covers from 1984-2006.

XIII | Ubi Soft | 2003 | GC, PS2, XBOX.

Astérix | Infogrames Europe | 1993 | by Albert Uderzo | SNES.

Astérix: The Gallic War | Infogrames Europe | 1999 | by Albert Uderzo | PS1, WIN.

Beano Town Racing | Zoo Digital | 2003 | WIN.

Dennis the Menace | Ocean Software | 1993 | AMI, CD32, SNES.

Judge Dredd | Gremlin Interative | 1997 | EU ver. | by Simon Bisley | PS1.

Judge Dredd | Melbourne House | 1986 | by Mike McMahon | C64, ZX. (2)

Judge Dredd | Virgin Mastertronic | 1990 | Amiga ver | by Dermot Power | AMI, C64, ST.

Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death | Sierra Entertainment | 2003 | GC, PS2, WIN, XBOX.

Lorna | TopoSoft | 1990 | by Alfonzo Azpiri | AMI, AMS, DOS, MSX, ST, ZX. (3)







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Rogue Trooper | Eidos | 2006 | PS2, WII, WIN, XBOX.

Rogue Trooper | Krisalis Software | 1991 | by Dave Gibbons | AMI, ST.

Rogue Trooper | Piranha | 1986 | by Dave Gibbons | AMS, C64, ZX.

MOT | Opera Soft | 1989 | by Alfonzo Azpiri | AMI, AMS, DOS, MSX, ST, ZX.

Nemesis the Warlock | Martech Games | 1987 | by Bryan Talbot | AMS, C64, ZX.

Sláine: The Celtic Barbarian | Martec Games | 1987 | by Glenn Fabry | AMS, C64, ZX. (4)

Spirou | Infogrames Europe | 1995 | by Philippe Vandevelde & Jean-Richard Geurts | GEN, SNES.

Strontium Dog and the Death Gauntlet | Quicksilva | 1984 | by Carlos Ezquerra | C64.

Strontium Dog: The Killing | Quicksilva | 1984 | by Carlos Ezquerra | ZX.

Tintin in Tibet | Infogrames Europe | 1995 | by Hergé | SNES. (1)

Tintin on the Moon | Infogrames Europe | 1989 | by Hergé | AMI, AMS, DOS, ST, ZX.

Excitebike (エキサイトバイク) by Minoru Maeda.

Japanese artwork. First published by Nintendo in 1984. For the global markets.

Famicom ver. pictured. Also available on: Game Boy Advance.  



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Abbreviation guide

EU - European version | JPN - Japanese version | NA - North American version.

Available on... 3DO - 3DO Interactive Mulitiplayer | AMI - Commodore Amiga | AMS - Amstrad CPC | APP - Apple II  CD32 - Commodore Amiga CD-32 | C64 - Commodore 64 | DC - Sega Dreamcast | DOS - PC DOS | DRG - Dragon Data Dragon 32/64 | GBA - Nintendo Game Boy Advance | GC - Nintendo GameCube | GEN - Sega Genesis | JAG - Atari Jaguar | MD - Sega Mega Drive | MSX - MSX | PS1 - Sony PlayStation | PS2 - Sony PlayStation 2 | SAT - Sega Saturn | SNES - Super Nintendo Entertainment System | ST - Atari ST | WII - Nintendo Wii | WIN - PC Windows | XBOX - Microsoft Xbox | ZX - Sinclair ZX Spectrum | ZX81 - Sinclair ZX-81.