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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.
Star Ship by Cliff Spohn
One of nine box arts that launched Atari’s VCS machine, a turning point in cover art design.
Among the world’s first batch of video game box arts. For Magnavox’s Odyssey.
The debut video game for the world’s first third party publisher Activision.
Adventure A: Planet of Death by Tony Roberts.
Earliest known commissioned artwork by a renowned painter in Europe.
Pele’s Soccer by James Kelly
First celebrity likeness used.
Superman by Judy Richter
The first super hero representation and the first time a comic book publisher licence guide was used.
Raiders of the Lost Ark by James Kelly
First movie tie-in box art and the first time and movie star likeness was used.
Brataccus by Roger Dean.
The artist’s debut cover art and publisher Psygnosis’. It arguably hearalded a new standard in European box art design.
Fighting Street by Bengus.
Debut box art for the Street Fighter series and artist Bengus, also the first to depict the character Ryu.
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.
Debut cover for Konami’s long running series.
Super Mario Bros. by Shigeru Miyamoto.
Debut cover for the Super Mario series and designer Shigeru.
QS Asteroids by Steinar Lund
Very early example of a painterly, European cover.
Orguss by Kazutaka Miyatake.
Earliest known example of anime art used in the West (Europe).
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.
Moon Alert by Bob Wakelin & Blair.
One of two covers that began Ocean Software’s prolific output, also artist Wakelins first.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
World’s first Star Wars cover.
Computer Othello by Susumu Matsushita.
Earliest known Japanese cover to be re-published in the West (Europe) and possibly the artist’s debut.
Donkey kong Country
First SNES cover to use CG art.
Final NES box art.
Space Invaders by Norman
The first time an Japanese video game IP was Americanised.
Indiana Jones in the Lost Kingdom by Bruce Wolfe.
Earliest known movie poster art used as box art.
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial by Hiro Kimura.
Cover art for the infamous game blamed for bringing down the North American industry.
One of the first examples of a native Japanese cover art.
AX-2: Uchuu Yusousen Nostromo by Masashi Iwasaki.
Turning point in Japanese painterly box art design.
Earliest known box art to be purposely redesigned for a different part of the world.
Yar’s Revenge by Hiro Kimura
The earliest known cover to be designed by a Japanese artist.
Sonic the Hedgehog by Greg Wray.
Debut cover art for the series.
Earliest known box art to use CG art.
Sonic Adventure by Yuji Uekawa
First Sonic cover to be used used across all regions.
Super Mario Land by Yoiche Kotabe
First Super Mariocover used across all regions.