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Mortal Kombat co-creator John Tobias illustrates MK1 Raiden for first time in 30 years, artwork currently on auction for charity

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • November 3, 2022 at 12:15 p.m. PDT • Comments: 10

We hear a lot from Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon as he is the Creative Director at NetherRealm Studios and still working on the company's fighting games, but what about the franchise's other co-creator? John Tobias, Boon's partner in crime coming up with the original titles, is still an artist and a game developer, and recently took on a project for charity that brought him right back to the legendary fighting game series.

For the first time in 30 years, Tobias illustrated the original Mortal Kombat 1 Raiden and the art piece is currently on auction to support the Kombat4Rare charity campaign.

"A charity campaign created by the Raiden Science Foundation to raise awareness for rare diseases and fundraise for critical research that will result in life-saving (gene therapy) treatment," reads the overview on the Kombat4Rare auction page. "The inspiration behind this is a toddler named Raiden, who suffers from a debilitating and ultra-rare condition called UBA5 disease."

What better way to honor Raiden than with an illustration of Mortal Kombat's Raiden from one of the game's original creators? A time lapse video of Tobias creating the artwork was shared on Twitter, as well as a message from John himself.

"I'm joining the battle because it's a real fight to create a better future for kids suffering from rare diseases all around the world," said Tobias about the campaign. He went on to note that he doesn't get the opportunity to illustrate the Mortal Kombat characters much these days, and it's likely been 30 years since he's drawn this particular version of the thunder god.

"I don't get to illustrate the characters very often," explained Tobias. "In fact, I don't think I've drawn Raiden in his MK1 costume in almost 30 years."

At the time of writing this, the auction is on-going and can be found on this page from the Raiden Science Foundation. The art piece has 29 bids on it and is currently at $1,001, with the auction ending at 4 a.m. UTC on Saturday, November 5 (9 p.m. PT Friday, November 4).

If you'd like to bid, be sure to head over to the Raiden Science Foundation page to do so.

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