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Re: Cover artists

Post by Kweepa » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:35 pm

richl, my thoughts exactly.
(Dredd's look was designed by Carlos Ezquerra, another iconic artist whose style is immediately recognizable and not on display here...)
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Re: Cover artists

Post by Einar Saukas » Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:17 pm

OK, this will be changed in the next ZXDB update. Thanks!
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Re: Cover artists

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:30 pm

Driller Tanks:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=1524

In the scanned instructions (see the Mobygames link) it says:

"Cover Illustration: Roger Garland, Young Artists"
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Re: Cover artists

Post by Einar Saukas » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:48 pm

We have been contacted by someone working on a documentary, trying to identify authors of cover artists for the following games:

Zaxxan (Starzone Software)
Death Cruiser (Noble House Software)
Volcano - The Action Game
Anirog - Specgraf (Anirog Software)
Jasper! (Micromega)
Starstrike (Realtime software)
Codename Mat (Micromega)
Moon Buggy (Anirog)
Hungry Horace

Does anybody have information about these titles?

Thank you!
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Re: Cover artists

Post by richl » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:08 pm

Jasper! is by Paul Cemmick
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Cemmick

His signature is on the bottom left of the cover but isn't very clear. On the magazine ads they put text over the top of it but I eventually worked out what it was through some trial and error!

Here's a clearer example of his signature, just because I like to present evidence to back up my claims! ;)

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Re: Cover artists

Post by Einar Saukas » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:14 pm

Thanks!
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Re: Cover artists

Post by Kweepa » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:52 pm

Zaxxan - nothing in the scans; really nice illustration for 1983!
Death Cruiser - "Design by Portland Artists" is the credit in the advert (same illustration as the cover).
Volcano - "Design/Illustration by Angel Art".
Specgraf - no obvious signature or credit
Jasper! - signature is small (under the snake in the bottom left). Here's the best pic I could find from the covers in ZXDB:
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Nicely found, richl! (I thought it said Paul Comwick :( )
Starstrike - Olly Frey? according to the contributor list in ZXDB
Moon Buggy - no obvious signature or credit (looks similar to Specgraf - in terms of art skill level)
Hungry Horace - just looks like a copy of the loading screen art, which was probably by William Tang
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Re: Cover artists

Post by Einar Saukas » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:58 pm

Thanks!
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Re: Cover artists

Post by richl » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:07 pm

Kweepa seems to have covered pretty much all of them but I've got a couple more signatures:

Zaxxan is Oli Frey - his signature has ZX Spectrum 48k slapped over the top of it on the inlay but is visible on the full page ad for the game
Same again for Starstrike - his signature is visible on the bottom left of the cover image
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Re: Cover artists

Post by Kweepa » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:45 pm

Well spotted!
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I just looked up Oli Frey because I thought maybe he had died (nope, that was Bob Wakelin), and that might be a problem for the documentary. I didn't know about his 'Zack' years! Or that he was in the Swiss army.
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