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Doom Box Art Cover Artist Dies at Age 73

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RIP Don Ivan Punchatz 1936-2009

Doom is one of the most influential games in gaming history. While it wasn't the first shooter to take place from a first person perspective, its popularity and wow-factor at the time has made it something of legend.

While many of the artists of today are still household names in the games industry (such as John Carmack, and to some extent, John Romero), there was also the artist behind the instantly recognizable title screen and box art.

Don Ivan Punchatz, who died on October 22, 2009, illustrated for Playboy, National Geographic, Boys Life, Penthouse and did covers for Time and Newsweek. Most of us know him best for his unforgettable box art for Doom, which we can admire once again below.

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    omnimodis78 , November 2, 2009 8:06 PM
    Rest in peace!
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    PodSix , November 2, 2009 8:08 PM
    RIP Don, I only hope your gravestone is as cool. (Pictures a gravestone that looks a lot like the Doom box cover only instead of 'Doom' written in doom font it says 'Don')

    And in my opinion John Romero is a self-idolized douche. RIP to your career asshat.
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    joebob2000 , November 2, 2009 8:08 PM
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    Don Ivan Punchatz, who died on October 22, 2009, illustrated for Playboy, National Geographic, Boys Life, Penthouse


    Hmm, which one of these things, is not like the others???
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    omnimodis78 , November 2, 2009 8:06 PM
    Rest in peace!
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    joebob2000 , November 2, 2009 8:08 PM
    Quote:
    Don Ivan Punchatz, who died on October 22, 2009, illustrated for Playboy, National Geographic, Boys Life, Penthouse


    Hmm, which one of these things, is not like the others???
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    PodSix , November 2, 2009 8:08 PM
    RIP Don, I only hope your gravestone is as cool. (Pictures a gravestone that looks a lot like the Doom box cover only instead of 'Doom' written in doom font it says 'Don')

    And in my opinion John Romero is a self-idolized douche. RIP to your career asshat.
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    PodSix , November 2, 2009 8:09 PM
    joebob2000Hmm, which one of these things, is not like the others???


    National Geographic? :p 
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    IronRyan21 , November 2, 2009 8:11 PM
    joebob2000Hmm, which one of these things, is not like the others???


    Theres lots of nudity in National Geographic tho.
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    joebob2000 , November 2, 2009 8:12 PM
    podsixNational Geographic?


    Now that you mention it, there were a fair share of titties in Nat'l Geo...
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    PodSix , November 2, 2009 8:16 PM
    joebob2000Hmm, which one of these things, is not like the others???


    Somehow I picture the art director of Boy's Life in a situation where he needs to hire an artist and goes "Hmmm, I think I'll call the guy who did the cover to last month's Playboy."
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    njkid3 , November 2, 2009 8:35 PM
    may his tombstone be covered in his work. and may he rest in piece
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    porksmuggler , November 2, 2009 8:38 PM
    njkid3may his tombstone be covered in his work. and may he rest in piece


    were you going for peace, or one piece?
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    NightLight , November 2, 2009 8:51 PM
    brings back so many good memories...
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    flurrball , November 2, 2009 8:55 PM
    joebob2000Now that you mention it, there were a fair share of titties in Nat'l Geo...


    I dunno if you can call them titties when they are sagging below the kneecaps
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    silversurfernhs , November 2, 2009 9:08 PM
    sad face...
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    Gin Fushicho , November 2, 2009 10:21 PM
    Enjoy the after life you awesome Artist you. *bows*
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    Kelavarus , November 2, 2009 10:22 PM
    ... Okay, I get that this is a tech site and all.

    But c'mon, let's not be biased, hey? Show a little love.

    Let's see his other... *ahem* Masterpieces!
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    maigo , November 2, 2009 10:42 PM
    i've stared at the peace of hours
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    Hamburger , November 2, 2009 10:46 PM
    Doom wasn't the first FPS, but it set the standard at the time. All the FPS' afterwords were chasing after it.
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    redgarl , November 3, 2009 12:50 AM
    Playboy art... or Doom box art... phhh.... Doom of course!
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    kschewe , November 3, 2009 2:14 AM
    He did a lot of good art. Star wars poster also!
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    anamaniac , November 3, 2009 8:09 AM
    Another one bites the dust.
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    Regulas , November 3, 2009 12:47 PM
    Ahh, memories of a 286 or was it a 386 machine and Doom, the FPS that really started it all even though Wolfenstein was the first.
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