Mick McGinty Death – Obituary – Mick McGinty, an immensely talented artist who is behind the iconic SNES Street Fighter II cover artwork has died.
The cause of his death has not been released to the public yet.
Mick McGinty was born and raised in Northeast Nebraska growing up in the small town of South Sioux City.
Art classes in High School weren’t a huge priority in the 1970s in Nebraska but he was encouraged by teachers to think about pursuing a career in art because they saw some real promise.
After his graduation from Highschool, he spent two years in the Army, serving a year of that time in South Korea. During that time in Korea, he was often asked to use his artistic talents by creating logos and murals of various kinds which was a welcome diversion from Army life.
He left the Army in mid-1973 and relocated to Southern California in 1974. He immediately found work at Knott’s Berry Farm drawing pastel portraits at Bell’s Portrait Studio, founded by the artist it is named after, Claude Bell. Bell was also the sculptor/artist that created the huge dinosaur attraction near Palm Springs.
For the next 3 years, McGinty produced thousands of portraits and commissioned pastel paintings for visitors of the Park while also attending Fullerton Junior College.
In 1976 he got married to Kerry his wife. In 1977 he obtained an AA degree and then moved to Pasadena to pursue his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art College of Design.
He entered as a Third Term Scholarship Student and graduated with High Honors with a BA Degree in Illustration in 1979.
McGinty is most famous with Nintendo fans for creating the western cover artwork for the SNES version of Street Fighter II.
Mick McGinty was an integral part of that as an artist, especially in the ’90s, when his iconic art brought whole worlds to life for games such as Street Fighter II, Streets of Rage 2, Streets of Rage 3, Shining Force, and Kid Chameleon, among others.
McGinty’s cover which features Chun-Li fighting Blanka over the prone body of Ryu – has gone down as one of the most recognizable video game covers of all time. McGinty’s association with Street Fighter would continue with Street Fighter II: Champion Edition on the Mega Drive / Genesis, Street Fighter II Turbo on the SNES, and Super Street Fighter II.
Mick McGinty Death Confirmation
His son Jobey McGinty confirmed his father’s death via Facebook;
“My Dad was an incredible artist, as everyone knows. And in true artist fashion, he was also never satisfied with his final work. Just a couple of weeks ago, he said he needed “just one more hour on a few pieces” in order to “really finish them.” We all knew that just wasn’t true, though. Dad would always come to visit our house, see some of the paintings he did for us over the years, and would put his nose about an inch from it and say, “y’know, Jobe, I wish I would have made those blues a little deeper,” or “you know I’d love to just splash a little more shadows on that tree,” or “that really needs a fresh coat of varnish on it.”