RIP Mick McGinty

Mick McGinty, an artist responsible for many of the most memorable video game artwork of the 1990s, has passed away.

He passed away “peacefully” on September 18, as his son Jobey announced in a post. While he has worked for decades in a number of areas, it is his contributions to video games that most of you are familiar with, as McGinty provided the illustrations for a number of iconic cover pieces and promotional art.

Perhaps the most remarkable are his Street Fighter II works, which adorned everything from console and computer game covers to posters:

Image: Mick McGinty
Image: Mick McGinty Image: Mick McGinty

It’s almost impossible to remember Street Fighter II – if you were there at the time and aware of it, anyway – without thinking about that picture. Blanka’s face, Ryu’s flabby body, you’ve seen it so often on posters and in magazines and on shelves that even the smallest details would burn into your memory banks.

But as its website shows, and as VGDensetsu shared this weekend, he also did so much more, like that Leisure suit Larry box art:

Image: Mick McGinty Image: Mick McGinty

Virtually all coverage for Zoo Tycoon:

Image: Mick McGinty Image: Mick McGinty

Streets of Rage 2:

Image: Mick McGinty Image: Mick McGinty

Kid Chameleon famous cover, which people remember more than the game itself:

Image: Mick McGinty Image: Mick McGinty

Brilliant strength:

Image: Mick McGinty Image: Mick McGinty

And, just to finish, even more Street Fighter II:

Image: Mick McGinty Image: Mick McGinty

While most of his video game work comes from the ’90s, McGinty has worked as a professional artist for decades on either side, on everything from’ 80s movies (like Harry and the Hendersons and Who wants the skin of Roger Rabbit?) corporate advertising (McDonalds and Adidas) album covers.

Before her death, McGinty mainly produced works of art, particularly oil paintings, which you can see on her website.


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