Cover art is the artwork depicted on the cover of a product, including game boxes, CD and DVD jewel cases, and book covers. Every game in the Doom series has its own distinctive cover, as do the various other Doom engine games. The artwork for newer products is usually based on that from previous releases, especially if the newer article is related to the original in content. Each piece of art displays a picture or design, a logo, and various product information. Informational seals and icons are often required by law and will differ between a game's various localizations.
Doom games cover artEdit
The Doom cover art, illustrated by Don Ivan Punchatz, depicts the game's protagonist standing on a ridge in Hell, using a machine gun to fight off devilish monsters with a vague resemblance to the baron of Hell, though many have mechanical parts. One of them is grabbing his left wrist, while another behind is reaching for his right leg. The Doom logo created by Adrian Carmack is shown above and behind the marine. Another marine can be seen in the far left background desperately trying to run to the main character's aid, perhaps a reference to the game's multiplayer capabilities. The game's title screen was directly based on this art, but isolated to the central marine and adding a shotgun to his armaments.
Doom II: Hell on EarthEdit
The Doom II cover art, illustrated by Gerald Brom, displays the protagonist of the series, here sporting an unusual stylized buzz cut, fighting a cyberdemon using the shotgun in the ruins of a burning city on Earth. The Doom II logo can be seen above and behind the two combatants. The game's manual uses the same art. Its title screen is based on this art, but flipped left to right.
The Ultimate DoomEdit
The United States release of The Ultimate Doom uses the same artwork as the Doom box cover, but significantly darkened, and with "The Ultimate" text written above the Doom logo. This was the first official Doom package to appear in retail stores, as only the shareware version had previously been available there, with the registered version restricted to mail order direct from id Software.
The United Kingdom release of The Ultimate Doom features entirely new artwork depicting the large face of a red demon similar to the monsters on the original Doom's cover art.
Master Levels for Doom IIEdit
The Master Levels for Doom II cover art shows a grey hellish background with artwork based on the same sketch of tortured, distorted skulls by Adrian Carmack used to create the intermission background for Doom II, the SKINFACE texture, and the Doom II sky texture SKY3. It was later also used for the Collector's Edition cover art.
The cover art for the Sony PlayStation version of Doom features an all-new drawing of the marine in civilian dress. He is sporting various injuries and standing over a demon carcass, letting loose a point-blank shotgun blast, which strikes a green-colored Imp, killing it horribly. A more minotaur-like baron of Hell is at one side with a lost soul and an opening to a dark, cloudy dimension behind him. The Doom logo is above the top of the picture. This is used in both the original print (packaged in a larger case) and the special edition (packaged in a regular CD case). This artwork was created by illustrator Roger Motzkus. Interestingly, his original art contains a cyberdemon in the background which was removed from the version used for the game's materials.
The cover art of Final Doom is based on the design of a US military M910 TPDS-T ammunition container, a type of target practice round for the M242 Bushmaster 25 mm autocannon. The container is vertically inverted via its usual orientation, though the design of such containers deliberately allows them to be carried and opened from either end. A simplified version of the Doom logo is written in yellow with addition of the word "Final", and appears within a diamond shape on the center of the upper half of the ammo case where a hazard warning label (such as "explosive" for incendiary rounds, or "radioactive" for armor-piercing depleted uranium slugs) would usually appear.
Sega Saturn DoomEdit
The cover art for Doom 64 features a Demon Key artifact over a black background with the Doom 64 logo above it. It was originally featured the marine with a Shotgun and Pistol fending off 2 demons resembling cybernetically enhanced Imps. There is no official reason given as to why this artwork went unused.
Doom 3: Resurrection of EvilEdit
The cover depicts the Slayer head on holding a Super Shotgun against a background of yellowish smoke. After heavy criticism online from people believing it looked too "generic" due to depicting a single character, as opposed to the brutal large scenes of the series past, a reversible cover was introduced. It depicts the Slayer in a low part of a mountainous area of hell, on an island in a flaming lake, surrounded from all sides by demons. The skull of a large demon, presumably a Titan can be seen behind him. He is holding an Imp by the neck, preparing to shoot it with the Super Shotgun. This was the primary cover of the Nintendo Switch port
Doom games cover art galleryEdit
Doom II cover
Front cover of Doom95 edition of Doom II
Back cover of Doom95 edition of Doom II
U.S. Ultimate Doom cover
Final Doom front cover
PlayStation Doom cover
PlayStation Final Doom cover
Sega Saturn Doom cover
Sega Saturn Doom PAL cover
Doom 64 cover
The unused Doom 64 cover
Doom 3 front cover
Xbox Doom 3 Limited Collector's Edition (NTSC) cover
Xbox Doom 3 Limited Collector's Edition (PAL) with plastic cover
Xbox Doom 3 cover
Xbox Doom 3 promotional copy cover
Resurrection of Evil front cover
Resurrection of Evil Xbox cover (PAL)
Doom 3: BFG Edition cover
Doom manuals cover art galleryEdit
Doom merchandise cover artEdit
Knee Deep In The DeadEdit
Hell On EarthEdit
The cover of the second Doom novel, Hell On Earth, uses the same artwork as Doom II, with minor alterations. It includes the Doom logo instead of the Doom II logo and an added "Hell On Earth" caption.
Doom 3: Worlds on FireEdit
Doom 3: MaelstromEdit
Unlicensed Hungarian novelsEdit
The cover art for Doom - A pokol kapui was created by Zoltán Boros and Gábor Szikszai, and depicts the book's protagonist Oleg Gontar firing a machine gun. The cover art for Doom - Tisztítótűz shows the sequel's protagonist Captain Andrew Milne firing a pistol.
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Other Doom booksEdit
Masters of DoomEdit
The Masters of Doom cover features a highly pixelated heavy weapon dude in its firing pose with the player firing at it. The book's name and subtitle ("How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture") along with the author's name (David Kushner) are also on the cover.
The authorized Hungarian translation, A Doom legendája, depicts the Doom 3 Hell knight on a black (first volume) or white (second volume) background. The authorized Spanish edition, Maestros del Doom, shows pixel-art portraits of John Romero wielding an axe and John Carmack wielding a sword, with a cacodemon grinning behind them, using a screenshot with the iconic STARTAN walls in the background.
Book cover galleryEdit
Doom comic cover art
Doom: The BoardgameEdit
The cover of Doom: The Boardgame is a modified version of the Doom 3 cover, with the "3" removed from the logo, the Fantasy Flight Games (the game's publisher) logo on display along with the additional "The Boardgame" subtitle under the modified Doom 3 logo.
Doom: The Boardgame Expansion SetEdit
The Expansion Set cover displays the protagonist from Resurrection of Evil wielding the Doom 3 super shotgun and The Artifact. It also features the same logos and texts as the main Boardgame cover with the addition of the tagline "Expansion Set".
Doom: The Board GameEdit
Tabletop game cover galleryEdit
Doom movie (2005) posterEdit
Doom movie (2005) DVDEdit
The region 2 DVD displays an unknown monster on a steel door with a red version of the movie's altered Doom logo.
Doom film galleryEdit
Compact Discs for Doom gamesEdit
Scan of Ultimate Doom CD
Ultimate Doom for the Macintosh CD
Scan of Doom II CD
Final Doom CD
Final Doom for the Macintosh CD
Scan of Doom 3 Disc 1
Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil CD scan
Doom 3 Xbox Disc (PAL)
Doom 3 Limited Collectors Edition Xbox Disc (PAL)
Doom 3: BFG Edition for Xbox 360 (PAL) DVD
Doom for Sony PlayStation (NTSC) CD
Doom for Sega Saturn (US) CD
Doom for Sega Saturn (PAL) CD
Floppy Disks for Doom gamesEdit
Cover art from other gamesEdit
SIGIL disc 1
Other games cover art galleryEdit
Hexen PC cover front
Nintendo 64 Hexen cover
PlayStation Hexen cover
Sega Saturn Hexen cover (NTSC)
Strife UK cover
Other games manuals cover art galleryEdit
Other games mediaEdit
- Motzkus, Roger. "Fantasy." The Art of Roger Motzkus. Retrieved 5 July 2017.