Contra is a run and gun video game developed and published by Konami, originally developed as a coin-operated arcade video game in 1986 and released on February 20, 1987. A home version was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988, along with ports for various home computer formats, including the MSX2. The arcade and computer versions were localized as Gryzor in Europe, and the NES version as Probotector in PAL regions.
Designer/s currently unknown. Character illustrations for Bill and Lance, featured on the covers/ads for Contra and Gryzor, are by Bob Wakelin. If they look somewhat familiar, here’s the inspiration.
Both the Contra and Gryzor logos are based on Earth. The Contra logo appears to be custom lettering, rendered in a more condensed derivation with a brush style C, but it retains many of Earth’s key characteristics. The logo for Gryzor, however, is more assuredly based on Earth, with the French Amstrad CPC cover displaying an exact typesetting on the back panel of its cover. The Z is hand lettered in a brush style. This cover also features ITC Lubalin Graph, used for the Amstrad specifications on the front panel.