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  • This is the big daddy of video game logos and one of the most recognizable pieces of artwork in existence, the original dragon from original arcade release of Mortal Kombat. It's the game that single-handedly turned the video game industry upside down and spawned the creation of the ESRB for all the angry moms and senators who complained about video game violence.

    In 1992, Paul Niemeyer was hired as a freelancer by Midway to illustrate the Mortal Kombat arcade cabinet and the dragon iconography that was originally designed with tight pencil work by John Tobias (with the dragon facing left before it was eventually trademarked to the right). Some 32 years later, I was presented with the exciting opportunity to acquire the original ink illustration of the iconic logo, along with two first-generation proofs for use in reproduction.

    When my mom gave me the choice of either Street Fighter II or Mortal Kombat for my birthday in March of 1993, I chose the latter and it dominated much of my childhood throughout the 1990s.

    The Mortal Kombat franchise owes its visual identity to this iconic logo, which served as the basis for 30+ years of Mortal Kombat releases. I'm thrilled to have it!

    Year: 1992
    Medium: ink on frosted vellum
    Image Area: Width x Height IN/CM
    Image Source: Original, Transparency, Online, Etc

    Mortal Kombat Original Logo Artwork

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