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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 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...more.



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1980

Dragster

>Debut game for the world’s first third party publisher Activision...more.



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1982

Adventure A: Planet of Death by Tony Roberts.

>Earliest known commissioned artwork by a renowned painter in Europe...more.



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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 representaion and first time an existing artwork was recommissioned...more.



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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...more.



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...more.  



1986

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Dec 1988

Fighting Street (ストリートファイター Sutorīto Faitā) by Bengus.

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



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Final Fantasy (ファイナルファンタジー) 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...more.



Dec 1987

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Sept 1986

Castlevania

>Debut cover for Konami’s long running series...more.



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Super Mario Bros. (スーパーマリオブラザーズ) by Shigeru Miyamoto.

>Debut cover for the Super Mario series and designer Shigeru...more.



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 (オーガス") by Kazutaka Miyatake.

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



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Apr 1990

NAM-1975 (グリーンベレー).

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



Demons Forge, The by Vicente Segrelles.

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



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...more.



1984

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

>World’s first Star Wars cover...more.



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...more.



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 (スペースインベーダ) by Norman.

>First time a Japanese property was Americanised.



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Dec 1982

The Dragon & Princess (ドラゴンアンドプリンセス).

>Very early Japanese cover and the first RPG box art...more.



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1984

Indiana Jones in the Lost Kingdom by Bruce Wolfe.

>Earliest known movie poster art used as box art...more.



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E.T. The Extra Terrestrial by Hiro Kimura.

>Cover art for the infamous game blamed for bringing down the industry...more.



Dec 1982

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April 1982

Omotesandō Adventure (表参道アドベンチャー)

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



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1982

AX-2: Uchuu Yusousen Nostromo by Masashi Iwasaki.

>Turning point in Japanese box art design...more.



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1983

Air-Sea Battle

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



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Yar’s Revenge by Hiro Kimura.

>Earliest known cover to be designed by a Japanese artist...more.



1981

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