(born August 24, 1969 in Chicago
) is an American comic book artist
, graphic designer
and video game designer
. Along with Ed Boon
he is one of the creators of the groundbreaking Mortal Kombat
fighting game series.
Tobias was an artist for The Real Ghostbusters
comic book series before joining Midway Games
. He worked on the original arcade version of Smash TV
before finding success with Mortal Kombat
He was credited with developing the detailed Mortal Kombat
storylines and designing its classic characters. Following its arcade debut in 1992, the MK media franchise
exploded into an overwhelming phenomenon and merchandising
bonanza, spawning a host of additional games, as well as two movies, toy and apparel lines, a comic book series, and a 1996 live tour, among others.
By the end of the 1990s, however, the MK
series, due to a few disappointing releases and the ill-received 1997 film Annihilation
(the sequel to the successful 1995 original), hit a low ebb. John Tobias, along with other prominent Midway staff members such as Dave Michicich and Josh Tsui, left Midway in 1999 and formed Studio Gigante
in 2000. Fist of the Lotus
, published by Microsoft Game Studios
, was the first game Studio Gigante created, followed by WWE WrestleMania 21
. Studio Gigante ceased operations in 2005 and Tobias now works as a consultant in the games industry.
Despite being one of the original creators of the MK
series, Tobias is not mentioned in commentary or descriptions in the... Read More