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About BOX=ART

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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Greg & Tim Hildebrandt.  North American box artists from 1988-2005.

Arthur: The Quest for Excalibur | Infocom | 1989 | by Greg | Amiga, Apple II, Macintosh, MS DOS.

Diplomacy | Paradox Interactive | 2005 | by Greg & Tim | Windows.

Halls of the Dead: Faery Tale Adventure II | Encore | 1997 | by Greg & Tim | MS-DOS, Windows.

Ishar 2: Messengers of Doom | Silmarils | 1993 | by Tim | Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I | Interplay | 1990 | EU/ NA ver. | by Greg & Tim | Amiga, MS-DOS.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II The Two Towers | Interplay | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | by Greg & Tim | MS-DOS.

Rastan | Taito | 1988 | NA ver. | by Greg & Tim | Apple IIgs, Commodore 64, MS-DOS.

Ultima Online | EA | 1997 | by Greg & Tim | Windows.




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Greg Winters. North American box artist from 1984-2002.





Aerobiz | KOEI | 1992 | NA ver. | Genesis, SNES.

Alien vs Predator | Activision | 1993 | NA ver. | SNES.

Asteroids | Atari | 1987 | EU/ NA ver. | Atari 7800, Game Boy. (1)

Batter Up | Namco | 1992 | NA ver. | Game Gear.

Beyond Oasis | Sega | 1994 | NA ver. | Genesis.

Bionic Commander | Capcom | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | Game Boy.

Burning Road | Playmates Interactive | 1996 | NA ver. | PS1.

Cabal | Milton Bradley | 1990 | NA ver. | NES.

Chakan | Sega | 1992 | Game Gear, Genesis, Mega Drive.

Civilization II: Multiplayer Gold Edition | Microprose | 1998 | Macintosh, Windows.

Conan | Mindscape | 1991 | NA ver. | NES.

Dark Wizard | Sega | 1993 | NA ver. | Sega CD.

Doomsday Warrior | Renovation Products | 1992 | NA ver. | SNES.

EXO Squad | Playmates Interactive | 1995 | Genesis, Mega Drive.

Final Fight 3 | Capcom | 1996 | NA ver. | SNES.

Galaxy Force 2 | Sega | 1992 | NA ver. | Genesis.

Gargoyles Quest II | Capcom | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | NES.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero | Taxan USA Corp. | 1991 | NES.

Goonies, The | U.S. Gold | 1985 | EU/ NA ver. | Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.

Gremlins | Atari | 1984 | Apple II, Atari 2600/ VCS, Atari 5800, Commodore 64, PC Booter.

Gremlins 2 | Sun Corp. | 1990 | NA ver. | Game Boy, NES.

Heart of the Alien | Virgin Interactive | 1994 | Sega CD.

HAL’S Hole in One Golf | HAL America | 1991 | NA ver. | SNES.

Hyperzone | HAL Laboratory | 1992 | NA ver. | SNES.

Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics | Data East | 1994 | NA ver. | SNES.  

Klash Ball | SOFEL | 1991 | NES.  

Little Sampson | Taito | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | NES.

Marble Madness | Milton Bradley | 1989 | Game Boy, Game Gear, Master System, Mega Drive, NES.  

Mario’s Game Gallery | Interplay | 1995 | Macintosh, MS-DOS, Windows. (2)

Mega Man II | Capcom | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | Game Boy.  

Mega Man 3 | Capcom | 1990 | NA ver. | NES.  

Mega Man III | Capcom | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | Game Boy.

Mega Man 4 | Capcom | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | NES.

Mega Man IV | Capcom | 1994 | EU/ NA ver. | Game Boy.

Mega man 5 | Capcom | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | NES. (3)

Mega man V | Capcom | 1994 | EU/ NA ver. | Game Boy.

Mega Man 6 | Nintendo | 1994 | NA ver. | NES   

Mega Man 7 | Capcom | 1995 | EU/ NA ver. | SNES.

Mega Man X | Capcom | 1993 | EU/ NA ver. | MS-DOS, SNES.

Mega Man X2 | Capcom | 1995 | EU/ NA ver. | SNES.

Mega Man X3 | Capcom | 1996 | EU/ NA ver. | SNES.

Mega Man Soccer | Capcom | 1994 | NA ver. | SNES.

Mercs | Sega | 1991 | EU/ NA ver. | Genesis, Master System, Mega Drive.  

Mighty Final Fight | Capcom | 1993 | NA ver. | NES.

Movie Monster Game, The | Epyx | 1986 | Apple II, Commodore 64.

My Disney Kitchen | Disney Interactive | 2002 | Macintosh, PS1, Windows. (4)

Phelios | Namco | 1990 | NA ver. | Genesis.

Pink Panther: Passport to Peril | BMG Interactive Entertainment | 1996 | Windows 3x.

Powerball | Namco | 1991 | NA ver. | Genesis.  

Robocop 3 | Ocean | 1992 | Game Gear, Genesis, Master System, NES, SNES. (5)

S.D.I | Cinemaware Corp. | 1986 | Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS.

Shadow of the Ninja | Natsume | 1991 | NA ver. | NES.

Shinobi | Sega | 1991 | EU/ NA ver. | Game Gear.

Shinobi II: The Silent Fury | Sega | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | Game Gear.

Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master | Sega | 1993 | NA ver. | Genesis.

Sinbad and the Thrown of the Falcon | Cinemaware Corp. | 1987 | Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS.

Software Toolworks’ Star Wars Chess, The | Software Toolworks | 1993 | Mega/ Sega CD, MS-DOS, Windows 3x.

Splatterhouse 2 | Sega | 1992 | Genesis, Mega Drive.  

Starlancer | Microsoft | 2000 | Windows.

Star Wars: Rebel Assault | LucasArts | 1993 | 3DO, Macintosh, Mega/ Sega CD, MS-DOS.

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron | LucasArts | 1998 | EU/ NA ver. | Nintendo 64. (6)

Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire | Nintendo | 1996 | Nintendo 64.

Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire | LucasArts | 1997 | Windows.

Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight | Capcom | 1990 | NA ver. | NES.

Streets of Rage | Sega | 1991 | EU/ NA ver. | Game Gear, Genesis, Mega Drive. (7)

Super Bowling | American Technos | 1992 | NA ver. | SNES.

Super Double Dragon | Tradewest | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | SNES.

Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back | JVC Musical Industries | 1993 | SNES, Super Famicom. (8)

Tyrants | Virgin Games | 1992 | NA ver. | Genesis.

Wacky World’s Creative Studio | Sega | 1994 | Genesis.

Wizard of Oz, The | SETA | 1993 | SNES.

Yo! Noid | Capcom | 1990 | NA ver. | NES.

Ys III: Wansers of Ys | Renovation Products | 1991 | NA ver. | Genesis.  


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Greg Vance.  North American box artist in 1978.

Canyon Bomber | Atari | 1978 | Atari 2600/ VCS.

Sky Diver | Atari | 1978 | Atari 2600/ VCS. (1)






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Greg Theakston.  North American box artist in 1982.

Telengard | The Avalon Hill Game Company | 1982 | Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, Commordore PET, MS-DOS. (1)





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Greg James Martin.  North American box artist from 1990-1997.


Adventure Island | Hudson Soft | 1992 | NA ver. | Game Boy.

Adventure Island II: Alien’s in Paradise | Hudson Soft | 1993 | EU/ NA ver. | Game Boy.

Adventure Island 3| Hudson Soft | 1992 | NA ver. | NES.

Amazing Penguin | Natsume | 1990 | NA ver. | Game Boy.

Aero the Acro-Bat 2 | Sun Corp of America | 1994 | Genesis, Mega Drive, SNES.

Atomic Punk | Hudson Soft | 1991 | Game Boy.

Bomberman II | Hudson Soft | 1991 | NA ver. | NES.

Bonk’s Adventure | Hudson Soft | 1993 | NA ver. | Game Boy, NES.

Daffy Duck | Sun Corp | 1994 | Game Boy.

Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions | Sun Corp of America | 1993 | SNES.

Disney’s Aladdin | Sega | 1994 | Game Gear.

Doctor Robotnic’s Mean Bean Machine | Sega | 1993 | Game Gear, Genesis, Master System, Mega Drive.

Duck Tales 2 | Capcom | 1993 | Famicom, Game Boy, NES.

Felix the Cat | Hudson Soft | 1992 | Game Boy, NES.

Flintstones, The | Taito | 1993 | Genesis, Mega Drive.

Flintstones, The: King Rock Treasure Island | Taito | 1993 | Game Boy.

Flintstones, The: The Surprise at Dinosaur Peak | Taito | 1994 | NES.

Flintstones, The: The Treasure of Sierra Madrock | Taito | 1994 | SNES, Super Famicom.

Inspector Gadget | Hudson Soft | 1993 | SNES.

Jetsons, The: Cogswell’s Caper | Taito | 1992 | Famicom, NES. (1)

Jetsons, The: Invasion of the Planet Pirates | Taito | 1994 | SNES.

Jetsons, The: Robot Panic | Taito | 1992 | Game Boy.

Landstalkers | Sega | 1993 | EU/ NA ver. | Genesis, Mega Drive.

Little Nemo: The Dream Master | Capcom | 1990 | EU/ NA ver. | NES.

Marvel Land | Namco | 1991 | EU/ NA ver. | Genesis, Mega Drive.

Milon’s Secret Castle | Hudson Soft | 1993 | NA ver. | Game Boy.

Ms Pac-Man | Namco | 1991 | EU/ NA ver. | Game Boy, Game Gear.

Pac-Attack | Namco | 1993 | CD-i, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNES.

Pac-Man | Namco | 1991 | NA ver. | Game Boy .

Pac-Man | Tengen | 1993 | NA ver. | NES.

Pirates of Dark Water | Sun Corp | 1994 | SNES.

Pocky & Rocky | Natsume | 1993 | NA ver. | SNES.

Pocky & Rocky 2 | Natsume | 1994 | NA ver. | SNES.

Shining the Darkness | Sega | 1991 | EU/ NA ver. | Genesis, Mega Drive.

Snow Bros | Capcom | 1991 | NA ver. | Game Boy, NES.

Sonic CD | Sega | 1993 | NA ver. | Sega CD. (2)

Sonic Chaos | Sega | 1993 | EU/ NA ver. | Game Gear.

Sonic Labyrinth | Sega | 1995 | NA ver. | Game Gear.

Sonic Spinball | Sega | 1993 | EU/ NA ver. | Genesis, Mega Drive.

Sonic the Hedgehog | Sega | 1991 | EU/ NA ver. | Game Gear.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Sega | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | Game Gear. (3)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Sega | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | Genesis, Mega Drive.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 | Sega | 1994 | NA ver. | Genesis.

Sonic: Triple Trouble | Sega | 1994 | EU/ NA ver. | Game Gear.

Speedy Gonzalez | Sun Corp of America | 1993 | Game Boy.

Super Adventure Island | Hudson Soft | 1992 | NA ver. | SNES.

Super Bomberman | Hudson Soft | 1993 | NA ver. | SNES.

Super Bonk | Hudson Soft | 1994 | NA ver. | SNES.

Taz in Escape from Mars | Sega | 1994 | Game Gear, Genesis, Master System, Mega Drive.

Taz-Mania | Sega | 1992 | Genesis, Master System, Mega Drive.

Taz-Mania 2 | THQ | 1997 | Game Boy.

Time Gal | Renovation Products | 1993 | EU/ NA ver. | Mega/ Sega CD.

Toxic Crusaders | Sega | 1992 | Genesis.

Whirlo | Namco | 1992 | NA ver. | SNES.

Woody Pop | Sega | 1991 | EU/ NA ver. | Game Gear. (4)

Yogi Bear’s Gold Rush | GameTec | 1994 | Game Boy.




Greg would start his illustration career at animation studio Hanna Barbera in 1979, graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena the following year. The artist would take on the role of production designer and was responsible for animation projects such as, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Yogi Bear and Scooby Doo. Beginning in 1986, he would freelance and take on a range of clients from Disney (The Black Couldron); to Jim Henson (Muppet Babies); to Rankin Bass (Thundercats).

The start of the 1990’s saw Greg become involved in the video game industry where he’d begin a highly prolific period designing box arts and promotional material. His previous experience with animated characters would make him an obvious choice when it came to the video games starring them.  His cover art portfolio would soon be bulging with artworks of famous cartoon characters, but I would be his time in Sonic the Hedgehog’s dizzing world that would immortalise Greg’s art within gaming history. Taking over from fellow cartoon illustrator Greg Wray - responsible for Sonic’s debut North American cover - Martin would alter little of Wray’s Sonic design, but over the course of four years would get the opportunity to develop the hedgehog and his cohorts within different and exciting settings.  

Much of Greg’s work would be finished by 1995 but he did resurface in 1997 to design the Taz-Mania 2 box art. Rather unbelievably, the artist would remain largely unknown and uncredited for his work within the gaming world, until in 2014 when it came to light he’d passed away the previous year.

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Greg Harsh.  North American box artist from 1995-2003.


Armored Core | Sony | 1997 | EU/ NA ver. | PS1.

BassMasters 2000 | THQ | 1999 | Nintendo 64.

I-War | Atari | 1995 | Jaguar.

ICO | Sony | 2001 | NA ver. | PS2. (1)

Land Before Time, The: Big Water Adventure | TDK Interactive | 2002 | PS1.

Lode Runner 3-D | GT Interactive | 1999 | Nintendo 64.

Micro Machines 1 and 2: Twin Turbo | THQ | 2000 | Game Boy Color.

Silent Hill | Konami | 1999 |  NA ver. | PS1.

Spyro the Dragon | Sony | 1998 | EU/ NA ver. | PS1. (2)

Star Wars - Knights of the Old Republic | LucasArts | 2003 | Windows.

Steel Harbinger | Mindscape | 1996 | PS1.

Steel Reign | Sony | 1997 | PS1.

Tomba! | Sony | 1997 | NA ver. | PS1.

Twisted Metal | Sony | 1995 | PS1, Windows.

Twisted Metal 2 | Sony | 1996 | EU/ NA ver. | PS1, Windows.

Twisted Metal 3 | Sony | 1998 | PS1.

Twisted Metal 4 | Sony | 1999 | PS1.

Wild Arms | Sony | 1997 | PS1.



Starting with Beeline Group in he mid-90’s, Gregory would be involved in video game packaging design, incorporating manual layout and box art duties. Come the 2000’s he would join LucasArts and help them develop their brand quality for IP such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones.   

He is the designer for the infamous North American ICO cover and would help launch the PlayStation’s Spyro the Dragon, Twisted Metal and Silent Hill franchises in North America with their debut covers.  

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Gradius.  Konami video game series from 1986-2006.





Gradius III | Konami | 1991 | SNES, Super Famicom.

Gradius III & IV | Konami | 2000. | PS2. (3)

Gradius V | Konami | 2004 | by Hidetaka Tenjin | PS2. (4)

Gradius Collection | Konami | 2006 | EU ver. | Sony PSP.

Gradius Collection | Konami | 2006 | JPN/ NA ver. | Sony PSP.

Gradius Gaiden | Konami | 1997 | by Yoshihiro Hashizume | PS1. (5)

Gradius Galaxies | Konami | 2001 | Game Boy Advance.

Gradius: The Interstellar Assault | Konami | 1991 | Game Boy.

Life Force | Konami | 1986.

Nemesis | Ultra Software | 1990 | EU/ NA  ver. | by Tom Dubois | Game Boy.

Nemesis 2/ Nemesis ‘90 Kai | Konami | 1987.

Nemesis 3: The Eve of Destruction | Konami | 1988.














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Gradius/ Nemesis (グラディウス) | Konami | 1986 | Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Famicom, Game Boy, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC Engine, Sharp X-1, X68000, ZX Spectrum. (1)

The series debut box art and the most widely used.  It would start the trend within the series of the original cover art being used across the globe unaltered.  The inspiration clearly came from Star Wars and would go on to inspire many other covers within the space-shooter genre.

Original sketch.

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Gradius II: GOFER no Yabō | Konami | 1988 | by Akira Nishimura. | Famicom, PC Engine, Sony PSP, X68000. (2)

Gradius II is at present Nishimura’s only known box art. It’s vibrant use of colour would be a profound statement after the cooler shades found on the original Gradius cover. The art design is based upon the opening level.

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Greg Wray.  North American box artist from 1991-1994.

Disney’s Aladdin | Sega | 1993 | EU/ NA ver. | SNES. (1)

Disney’s The Jungle Book | Virgin | 1994 | Game Gear, Genesis, Mega Drive, MS-DOS. (2)

Lemmings | Sun Corporation of America | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | Genesis, Mega Drive. (3)

Mega Man: Dr Wily’s Revenge | Capcom | 1991 | NA ver. | Game Boy. (4)

Mickey Mania | Sega | 1991 | Genesis, Mega Drive, Mega CD/ Sega CD, SNES, Super Famicom.

Quackshot: Starring Donald Duck | Sega | 1991 | EU/ NA ver. | Genesis, Mega Drive.









Who Framed Roger Rabbit? | Capcom | 1991 | Game Boy.




Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ) | Sega | 1991 | NA ver. | Genesis. (5)

Wray’s Sonic art would add a slight edginess to Akira Watanabe’s original character designs and took the step of placing the hedgehog within the game’s world over the graphic design seen on both the European and Japanese covers.

Wray’s background as a Hanna Barbera and Disney artist would perfectly compliment Sega of Japan’s original and deliberate vision of Sonic foremostly appealing to the North American market. The chararter art would arguably not look out of place in a Mickey Mouse cartoon and was designed using air brush.

Wray’s cover also has the distinction of not only being the first North American series cover, but also the first published anywhere in the world - a strange situation for a Japanese designed game.

Sonic the Hedghog would end up being Wray’s only cover for the series, as duites passed to the equally talented Greg Martin for Sonic the Hedgehog 2.


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