You remember this boxart, right? It catches your attention, makes you buy it, and you cherish it forever. Too bad you'll never see this boxart again. Because the guy who made it, Don Ivan Punchatz, is fucking dead! On October 11th, he had a heart attack and never regained consciousness, now its been two weeks and doctors advised there was no hope of recovery, and Punchatz's family removed him from life support.
"He never wanted to be kept alive like this," Greg Punchatz, Don's son, said to SpectrumFantasticArt, "so we are respecting his wishes."
Punchatz's iconic Doom box was just a small piece of his overall portfolio of work, which brought acclaim from luminaries such as the author Ray Bradbury. Spectrum Fantastic Art reports that Punchatz had already cut his fee to help id Software meet its budget. Id counterproposed that Punchatz accept a percentage of Doom's profits instead, but Punchatz stuck with his fee. "So how was I to know this thing called Doom would make a jillion smackers?" he laughed later.
R.I.P Don Ivan Punchatz(1936-2009)