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Mortal Kombat Co-Creator Explains How He Came Up With the Iconic Logo

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Mortal Kombat's co-creator has explained how he came up with the game's iconic logo – and how it almost got trashed for looking like a seahorse.On Twitter, John Tobias unveiled the original hand-drawn logo he created for the first Mortal Kombat game… and delved into its background.“Here’s a recently discovered image of the very first drawing of #MortalKombat’s dragon icon,” he revealed. “I designed the icon as both a symbol of our game and its fictional tournament.”Here’s a recently discovered image of the very first drawing of #MortalKombat’s dragon icon.

I designed the icon as both a symbol of our game and its fictional tournament… (thread) #MK30 pic.twitter.com/vVIDr4K9aPTobias’ original pencil drawing was digitized by both Tobias himself and Mortal Kombat artist John Vogel, who traced over the digitized image with pixels.

Why a dragon? Well, Tobias explained that was all because of the game’s original name.“The inspiration to use a dragon as the fictional tournament’s symbol came from ‘Dragon Attack,’ which was in contention as our game’s title before [Ed Boon] and I changed it to ‘Mortal Kombat,’” he revealed. “Here’s my rough marker sketch of the marquee logo.”The inspiration to use a dragon as the fictional tournament’s symbol came from “Dragon Attack,” which was in contention as our game’s title before @noobde and I changed it to “Mortal Kombat.” Here’s my rough marker sketch of the marquee logo… (3/9) pic.twitter.com/g3UY2X2boXApparently, the name “Dragon Attack” came from Ed Boon’s love of the Queen song by the same name, but this was eventually changed to the Mortal Kombat we know now.

Still, the logo stuck, and its design emerged when Mortal Kombat artist John Vogel saw a golden dragon statue on the desk of

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