Sonic The Hedgehog artist, Greg Martin recently passed away.
The news was revealed by a moderator called Bronty on NintendoAge, who revealed: “It is with a heavy heart that I announce today the passing of my friend Greg Martin. Greg was the exceptionally talented illustrator that created the packaging artwork for Flintstones 2, Jetsons, Bonk’s Adventure, several Adventure Island games, all of the early Sonic the Hedgehog games, and dozens more classic covers and many promotional (ads, etc) pieces as well. He was an incredible artist and an even better person.”
Greg had worked at Hanna Barbera, where he sat a few desks away from Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane. He worked on numerous franchises ranging from The Flintstones to The Jetsons and eventually found himself working on the cover of videogames.
He eventually left Hanna Barbera and created box art for Nintendo, Sega and other companies, typically taking around a week to finish his airbrushed covers. While he’s perhaps best remembered for his distinctive Sonic artwork, he’s also been responsible for Capcom’s Duck Tales, Snow Bros and Little Nemo NES artwork, the Bonk games and the excellent Marvel Land.
Our thoughts go out to Greg’s friends and family. You can read the original tribute and view some of Greg’s art at the NintendoAge forum.