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Iconic Video Game Illustrator Greg Martin Has Passed Away

The renowned box art illustrator, who was most famous for his designs in the NES era, Greg Martin has sadly passed away. Last week, a post on the Nintendo Age forums confirmed his death, and shared a wonderful homage to his huge catalogue of work.

A former Hanna-Barbera animator, Martin first launched his career when designing for the likes of series such as The Flintstones and The Jetsons. But it was his work on video game box art that will be the most memorable to gamers and fans today.

The late illustrator created artwork for Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the Adventure Island series, DuckTales 2, and both The Flintstones and The Jetsons adventures on the Nintendo Game Boy.  Martin regularly produced 24-30 inch airbrushed paintings, taking a week, or less, to complete. You can see all his artwork in full, here. Which box artwork do you have fond memories of?

16 comments

  1. it is incredible he drew Dr Robotnik in both designs(games and the Adventures of Sonic the Hedghog)
    It is kinda weird to see that both designs can be considered canon despite the flop the series(tv) were

    1. man, yo really are a big asshole
      if you gonna “troll” with the WiiU, go, but messing with someone’s death is really low and super faggy
      spam all you want, but dont make fun of someone’s passing

    2. Please do not post inappropriate comments on an article such as this. Your comment will be removed, and if you continue to post as such in the future, you will be banned.

  2. I love all his artwork. He definitely had a distinct style that is easily identifiable. His artwork for the Sonic games is very near and dear to me. Just looking at it floods me with wonderful childhood memories. I played through Adventure Island on the GameBoy for the first time a few months ago. It’s cool to see that he was a part of that too. Also, who doesn’t love Hannah-Barbera? That studio is responsible for some of the greatest, most iconic cartoons ever. Rest In Piece, Martin. You came, saw and conquered as far as I’m concerned.

    *moment of silence*

  3. Really sad news, I loved most of the beautiful illustrations he created and it’s interesting to see that he beautifully illustrated some of the rarest and hardest to find NES games (Flinstones, Jetsons, Ducktales 2, Bonk..etc) all are incredibly sought after collectors items. I am a professional illustrator myself and one of the reasons I collect retro nintendo is because of the beautiful cover art it displays so this really touches me. May he rest in peace knowing that he left behind a beautiful legacy of work that touched the hearts of many gamers and artists around the world.

  4. I’ve always loved how the box art brought these characters to life even before getting the chance to play the games themselves. Greg Martin, you are truly a gifted artist and a very special person. People such as as yourself are what made the 16-bit era of gaming so memorable. Rest in peace, friend :)

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