I wrote the middle three panels of this page. My line of thinking was aimed toward Double Dragon
and the fact that we have this buff action hero who just defeated a monster. I wanted to have some kind of dreamily weird, brutal sight-gag going on as Eddie and Dude talked. So, I originally had Predator
in mind and was going to have Dude harvest Satan Ninja's skull and spine. We decided that would be too reminiscent of Mortal Kombat
, especially with Eddie's dream being video game inspired, and Mortal Kombat
came out in 1992.
The heart thing is also 80s, but also still MK-like, but I think it came down to the heart thing being easier to draw than the spine thing. Also, the eating adds an extra level of funny fucked-upness.
Actually, when we went to Midoricon, more than one person looked at the first couple pages of Issue 1 and said something along the lines of "Oh yeah, the arcade stuff is so 80s. Like Mortal Kombat
!" Whatever, MK is sweet so I'll let them think that.
Talking about Predator
has just reminded me of an amazing video Adam and I saw a few years back. Enjoy Predator the Musical