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Greg Martin, artist behind 'Sonic 2' box cover, passes away

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The NintnendoAge forum announced on Jan. 3 that Greg Martin, the artist behind many classic Nintendo and Sega video game covers, had passed away.

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Greg Martin was the creative artist behind the artwork that graced the cover of many video games boxes for both Nintendo and Sega in the '90s. Some of the most memorable covers that Martin designed came from the popular "Sonic the Hedgehog" series of video games and included such classics as, "Sonic the Hedgehog 2," "Sonic the Hedgehog 3," "Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine" and "Sonic CD."

Having started his career at the iconic Hannah-Barbera animation studio, Martin would also be responsible for the artwork for the various Hannah-Barbera licensed video games and even did the artwork for several Warner Bros. video games, including "The Jetsons: Invasion of the Planet Pirates," "The Flintstones: The Surprise at Dinosaur Peak!" and "Taz in Escape from Mars."

Cover art is a big selling point for video games, and even if you didn't know Martin's name, everyone who played "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" will remember its' iconic cover art, featuring the game's two heroes, Sonic and Tails, standing in front of a giant "2" with Robotnik's hand reaching out to get it.

You can see some examples of the video game covers Martin worked on in the slideshow above.


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