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The Story Behind Mortal Kombat’s Iconic Dragon Logo

The Story Behind Mortal Kombat’s Iconic Dragon Logo


Promotional art for Mortal Kombat shows the dragon logo overtop of people cheering.

You’ve in all probability seen the silhouette of Mortal Kombat’s dragon brand so typically that you simply don’t even take into consideration how little sense it makes. There weren’t any dragons within the unique Mortal Kombat, and it doesn’t issue into the backstory about an interdimensional martial arts match to find out the destiny of the planet. So what’s the deal? Co-creator John Tobias now explains that the enduring dragon was impressed by a statue on his boss’ desk.

Tobias lately re-discovered his unique pencil sketch for the dragon brand and took to Twitter to share the backstory behind the way it ended up turning into the central image for the now decades-running combating recreation collection. Midway basic supervisor Ken Fedesna had a golden statue of a four-toed Chinese dragon on his desk and Tobias apparently noticed it in the future when a colleague borrowed it to scan and add it as an asset in one of many levels.

“The inspiration to make use of a dragon because the fictional match’s image got here from ‘Dragon Attack,’ which was in competition as our recreation’s title earlier than [Ed Boon] and I modified it to ‘Mortal Kombat,” he wrote on Twitter yesterday. That working title was inspired by a Queen song of the same name. While it was ultimately ditched, the colors mentioned in the original song formed the basis for the eventual arcade cabinet, which also included the Chinese dragon from Fedesna’s desk.

“I had been thinking of creating an icon to represent the fictional tournament, but also to brand the game with a symbol… like Superman’s ‘S’ or Batman’s bat symbol,” Tobias wrote. The final design ended up being a combination of the yin-yang symbol and the profile of the dragon’s head. Tobias’ sister thought it looked like a seahorse, but 30 years later it’s synonymous with one of the bloodiest and most popular fighting game franchises ever. The unique statue continues to be round too.

Meanwhile, followers are determined for information of the subsequent recreation within the collection. The final one got here out in 2019, and to this point there haven’t been any hints about when Mortal Kombat 12 will be anticipated. Director Ed Boon and NetherRealm Studios had been anticipated to pivot to engaged on Injustice 3, however there’s been no official announcement on that both, and the messy Warner Bros. Discovery merger has some fearing the worst. Maybe NetherRealm can fill the hole with a thirtieth anniversary assortment that brings the collection’ previous into the current.




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