Mortal Kombat Live - Shang Tsung

Mortal Kombat Live Tour TV Interview (1996)

Yes, even in my youth when Dinosaurs ruled the Earth, Mortal Kombat was a pretty big thing. I became a fan of the game rather quickly. It wasn’t the violent martial arts aspect that drew me in. Although I totally did dig playing Johnny Cage, especially using his Shadow Kick move. For myself I was enamored with two elements above all. The mythology of the MK game as well as Goro, who was obviously stop motion animation. Of course this was all back in 1992, four years before the Mortal Kombat Live Tour would be unleashed.
Mortal Kombat Live - MK Live Tour Poster

Now in all honesty, it was 1993’s Mortal Kombat II that really got the ball rolling for Kombat fever. Ed Boon and John Tobias raised the bar on the amount of characters you could play. As well as seriously expanding the mythos of the game universe. Having said that however… the mythology of the game has always been fluid. Mortal Kombat II was a huge success for Midway Games and with it the merchandising began.
Mortal Kombat Live Tour - Mortal Kombat II Magazine

While I will certainly admit to being biased when it comes to characters in the game series. I believe that much of the success of Mortal Kombat II was due to Kung Lao. The former Order of Light warrior who chose to join the White Lotus Society. To better defend Earthrealm against the dark forces of Shao Khan. Of course, Kung Lao, is in fact my favorite Mortal Kombat character. Ever. It might have something to do with being a sharp dresser, not to mention that razor sharp hat he sports.
Mortal Kombat Live Tour - Kung Lao

After the releases of Mortal Kombat III as well as Ultimate MK3. It was time for the game series to step into a new direction. A live action film in 1995 starring the likes of Christopher Lambert and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Helmed by the future Director of Event Horizon, Resident Evil and AVP: Alien vs. Predator, Paul W.S. Anderson.

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You might recall that in 1990, the popularity of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles led to a live tour. With comic books, music, toys, and of course video games being so popular. Is it any wonder that the Mortal Kombat Live Tour would come to be?
Mortal Kombat Live - Sonya Blade

To be honest, the show in fact debuted at the Radio Music City Hall in September of 1995. After that it went on a 200 city tour for 1996, featuring none other than Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. No, not as Shang Tsung like he portrayed in the hit film, but as one of the fight coordinators!

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Obviously to drum up excitement for the Mortal Kombat Live Tour, the cast would appear on local television. Like in this 1996 segment from the KTLA 5 News in Los Angeles.

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Mortal Kombat Live - Scorpion

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These 1993 Trade Show Photos Reveal Mortal Kombat II Kombatants Ready To FIGHT!

A huge thanks to Mark Steiner who was gracious enough to contact me on Facebook and gave his permission to share these 1993 Trade show photos he took in his youth.

In this case we are looking at some of the original stunt people who were digitized for the immensely popular sequel to the first Mortal Kombat, aptly entitled Mortal Kombat II.

Photos courtesy of Mark Steiner.

Photos courtesy of Mark Steiner.

In the photo it looks to me to be Anthony Marquez as Kung Lao (The absolutely greatest Mortal Kombat character in my humble opinion)…

…that is not Daniel Pesina who played the role of Scorpion in the game because he is most definitely there as Johnny Cage and it does look like Carlos Pesina is taking on the mantle of the Elder God Raiden. Not only where they posing for photos at the Trade Show but engaging in a little demonstration of their talents. It looks like Kung Lao delivers a type of spinning kick to Cage and in return is a recipent of Johnny Cage’s patented Shadow Kick. Scorpion appears to be delivering a high kick to Raiden…who I’m sure literally called down lightning as a response!

Some of the Mortal Kombat Kombatants were not the only popular icons in attendance as Mark also shared this photo he snapped of both Psi-Judge Anderson as well as Judge Dredd, for the 1993 Bally/Midway Judge Dredd pinball table!

All photos courtesy of Mark Steiner.

All photos courtesy of Mark Steiner.

Check out this review of the table from the My Pinball Arcade YouTube channel: