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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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Star Ship by Cliff Spohn

One of nine box arts that launched Atari’s VCS machine, a turning point in cover art design.



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Sept 1977

May 1972

Volleyball

Among the world’s first batch of video game box arts. For Magnavox’s Odyssey.



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1980

Dragster

The debut video game for the world’s first third party publisher Activision.



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1982

Adventure A: Planet of Death by Tony Roberts.

Earliest known commissioned artwork by a renowned painter in Europe.



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Pele’s Soccer by James Kelly

First celebrity likeness used.



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1980

Nov 1979

Superman by Curt Swan

First super hero representation and first time an already printed artwork was recommissioned.



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Raiders of the Lost Ark by James Kelly

First movie tie-in box art and the first time and movie star likeness was used.



Nov 1982

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Brataccus by Roger Dean.

The artist’s debut cover art and publisher Psygnosis’. It arguably hearalded a new standard in European box art design.



1986

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Dec 1988

Fighting Street by Bengus.

Debut box art for the Street Fighter series and artist Bengus, also the first to depict the character Ryu.



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Final Fantasy by Yoshitaka Amano.

Debut cover for the long running Final Fantasy series and for artist Amano. Arguably a watershed moment in box art design in Japan.



Dec 1987

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Sept 1986

Castlevania

Debut cover for Konami’s long running series.



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Super Mario Bros. by Shigeru Miyamoto.

Debut cover for the Super Mario series and designer Shigeru.



Sept 1985

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1981

QS Asteroids by Steinar Lund

Very early example of a painterly, European cover.



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1984

Orguss by Kazutaka Miyatake.

Earliest known example of anime art used in the West (Europe).



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Apr 1990

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Debut cover art for SNK’s Neo Geo AES console.



Demons Forge, The by Vicente Segrelles

Earliest known box art of a previously published novel cover art in North America and the world.



1981

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Moon Alert by Bob Wakelin & Blair.

One of two covers that began Ocean Software’s prolific output, also artist Wakelins first.



1984

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

World’s first Star Wars cover.



1982

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Computer Othello by Susumu Matsushita.

Earliest known Japanese cover to be re-published in the West (Europe) and possibly the artist’s debut.



1983

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Donkey kong Country

First SNES cover to use CG art.



Nov 1994

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Dec 1994

Wario Woods

Final NES box art.



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1980

Space Invaders by Norman

The first time an Japanese video game IP was Americanised.



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Dec 1982

The Dragon & Princess

Very early Japanese cover and the first RPG box art.



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1984

Indiana Jones in the Lost Kingdom by Bruce Wolfe.

Earliest known movie poster art used as box art.


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E.T. The Extra Terrestrial by Hiro Kimura.

Cover art for the infamous game blamed for bringing down the North American industry.



Dec 1982

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April 1982

Omotesandō Adventure

One of the first examples of a native Japanese cover art.



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1982

AX-2: Uchuu Yusousen Nostromo by Masashi Iwasaki.

Turning point in Japanese painterly box art design.



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1983

Air-Sea Battle

Earliest known box art to be purposely redesigned for a different part of the world.


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Yar’s Revenge by Hiro Kimura

The earliest known cover to be designed by a Japanese artist.



1981

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Sonic the Hedgehog by Greg Wray.

Debut cover art for the series.



June 1991

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