Mortal Kombat co-producer explains how he created the iconic logo

The Mortal Kombat co-creator explained how he came up with the game’s iconic logo – and how it was nearly destroyed to look like a seahorse.

on me TwitterJohn Tobias has unveiled the original hand-drawn logo he created for the first Mortal Kombat game… and delved deeper into its background.

“This is a recently discovered image of the first drawing of a #MortalKombat dragon icon,” he revealed. “I designed the icon as a symbol of our game and its fantasy role.”

Both Tobias himself and Mortal Kombat artist John Vogel digitized the original drawing with Tobias’ pencil, which traces the digital image in pixels. Why a dragon? Well, Tobias explained that it was all because of the game’s original name.

The inspiration for using the dragon as a symbol of fantasy heroism came from ‘Dragon Attack’, which was previously disputed for our game’s title. [Ed Boon] He revealed it to “Mortal Kombat”. “This is my rough selection scheme for the marquee logo.”

Apparently, the name “Dragon Attack” came from Ed Boone’s love of the Queen’s song of the same name, but this was eventually changed to the Mortal Kombat we know now. The logo is still stuck on, and its design came to light when Mortal Kombat artist John Fogel saw a golden dragon-shaped statue on the desk of Midway Games General Manager Ken Fedesna.

“The inspiration for designing the dragon icon began when John Fogel saw a golden dragon statue on the desk of Midway’s General Manager, Ken Fidesen,” said Tobias. “John borrowed it to digitize it to use in our game backgrounds.”

When Tobias saw the dragon statue, he incorporated it into the design of the game’s currency lockers, but the design soon inspired the game’s logo itself.

“I was thinking of creating an icon to represent the fictional heroism, but also to mark the game with an icon…like a Superman ‘S’ or a Batman icon,” he explained. “I used the dragon from my sideboard drawing to accentuate the look of the dragon icon as our symbol.”

Interestingly, the logo is facing both left And the Even Mortal Kombat II. At this point, with the release of the gaming console, they had to choose one or the other for branding purposes.

“We chose the confrontation correctly and it has been that way ever since,” he confirmed.

“The icon design was ultimately an attempt to replicate the yin-yang symbol, which represents the balancing of anger – an essential part of MK’s early novels,” Tobias continued.

Ingeniously, the logo was almost completely scrapped after Tobias’ sister mistook the design for a seahorse. Fortunately, the team stuck with it – and the Mortal Kombat logo became one of the most recognizable symbols in gaming history.

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Ryan Liston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. you can follow it Twitter.