Mortal Kombat Co-Creator Explains How He Got here Up With the Iconic Emblem

Mortal Kombat’s co-creator has defined how he got here up with the sport’s iconic emblem – and the way it virtually acquired trashed for wanting like a seahorse.

On Twitter, John Tobias unveiled the unique hand-drawn emblem he created for the primary Mortal Kombat recreation… and delved into its background.

“Right here’s a not too long ago found picture of the very first drawing of #MortalKombat’s dragon icon,” he revealed. “I designed the icon as each an emblem of our recreation and its fictional event.”

Tobias’ authentic pencil drawing was digitized by each Tobias himself and Mortal Kombat artist John Vogel, who traced over the digitized picture with pixels. Why a dragon? Effectively, Tobias defined that was all due to the sport’s authentic identify.

“The inspiration to make use of a dragon because the fictional event’s image got here from ‘Dragon Assault,’ which was in rivalry as our recreation’s title earlier than [Ed Boon] and I modified it to ‘Mortal Kombat,’” he revealed. “Right here’s my tough marker sketch of the marquee emblem.”

Apparently, the identify “Dragon Assault” got here from Ed Boon’s love of the Queen tune by the identical identify, however this was finally modified to the Mortal Kombat we all know now. Nonetheless, the emblem caught, and its design emerged when Mortal Kombat artist John Vogel noticed a golden dragon statue on the desk of Halfway Video games basic supervisor Ken Fedesna.

“The inspiration for the dragon icon’s design began when John Vogel noticed a golden dragon statue on the desk of Halfway’s basic supervisor, Ken Fedesn,” recounted Tobias. “John borrowed it to digitize to be used in our recreation’s backgrounds.”

When Tobias noticed the dragon statue, he included it into the design for the sport’s coin-op cupboards, however the design quickly impressed the sport’s emblem itself.

“I had been pondering of making an icon to symbolize the fictional event, but additionally to model the sport with an emblem… like Superman’s “S” or Batman’s bat image,” he defined. “I used the dragon from my cupboard aspect panel sketch to tell the look of the dragon icon as our image.”

Apparently, the emblem confronted each left and proper up till Mortal Kombat II. At this level, with the console launch of the video games, they needed to decide one or the opposite for trademarking functions.

“We selected dealing with proper and it’s been that means ever since,” he confirmed.

“The eventual icon design was an try at replicating the yin yang image, which represented balancing of the furies – a core a part of MK’s early fiction,” continued Tobias.

Brilliantly, the complete emblem was virtually scrapped after Tobias’ sister mistook the design for a seahorse. Fortunately, the staff caught with it – and the Mortal Kombat emblem has change into one of the vital iconic in gaming historical past.

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Ryan Leston is an leisure journalist and movie critic for IGN. You possibly can observe him on Twitter.

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