Mortal Kombat Co-Creator Describes How He Came Up With the Legendary Logo

Mortal Kombat’s co-creator has spelled out how he arrived up with the game’s legendary symbol – and how it nearly obtained trashed for searching like a seahorse.

On Twitter, John Tobias unveiled the original hand-drawn symbol he created for the initially Mortal Kombat game… and delved into its background.

“Here’s a just lately found graphic of the pretty initially drawing of #MortalKombat’s dragon icon,” he exposed. “I developed the icon as each a image of our sport and its fictional match.”

Tobias’ primary pencil drawing was digitized by both equally Tobias himself and Mortal Kombat artist John Vogel, who traced about the digitized picture with pixels. Why a dragon? Properly, Tobias spelled out that was all due to the fact of the game’s authentic identify.

“The inspiration to use a dragon as the fictional tournament’s symbol came from ‘Dragon Attack,’ which was in rivalry as our game’s title prior to [Ed Boon] and I modified it to ‘Mortal Kombat,’” he unveiled. “Here’s my tough marker sketch of the marquee logo.”

Evidently, the name “Dragon Attack” came from Ed Boon’s love of the Queen track by the similar title, but this was inevitably altered to the Mortal Kombat we know now. Continue to, the brand trapped, and its style and design emerged when Mortal Kombat artist John Vogel observed a golden dragon statue on the desk of Halfway Video games common manager Ken Fedesna.

“The inspiration for the dragon icon’s design and style started when John Vogel saw a golden dragon statue on the desk of Midway’s general supervisor, Ken Fedesn,” recounted Tobias. “John borrowed it to digitize for use in our game’s backgrounds.”

When Tobias saw the dragon statue, he incorporated it into the structure for the game’s coin-op cabinets, but the design shortly inspired the game’s emblem by itself.

“I experienced been contemplating of building an icon to depict the fictional tournament, but also to brand the video game with a symbol… like Superman’s “S” or Batman’s bat image,” he explained. “I utilized the dragon from my cabinet side panel sketch to notify the look of the dragon icon as our image.”

Interestingly, the symbol faced equally remaining and ideal up till Mortal Kombat II. At this stage, with the console release of the games, they had to select a single or the other for trademarking applications.

“We selected experiencing correct and it is been that way at any time since,” he verified.

“The eventual icon layout was an endeavor at replicating the yin yang image, which represented balancing of the furies – a main portion of MK’s early fiction,” continued Tobias.

Brilliantly, the total symbol was practically scrapped following Tobias’ sister mistook the style for a seahorse. Luckily, the group stuck with it – and the Mortal Kombat emblem has develop into a person of the most legendary in gaming heritage.

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Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and movie critic for IGN. You can adhere to him on Twitter.

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