|Marc Ericksen's 1989 Title block treatment for Capcom"s Strider|
Much has been posited about the incredibly swift strike of the Plasma Sword of Hiryu, the youngest novitiate ever to reach the A level in the futuristic (2048) organization of assassins known as Striders, a concept created in 1988 by a group of Manga artists named the Moto Kikaku, published by Kadokawa Shoten, and serialized in their magazine Weekly Comic Comp. The image of the Plasma Sword itself was thrown open to interpretation in 1989 when I was contracted by Capcom to create the cover illustration for their video game package of the exciting game that they were developing out of this concept.
NES Hiryu in action
The playing field was wide open when it came to Plasma Sword Configuration in 1989.
|Will the REAL Falchion Cypher please rise? Marc chose to stay very|
close to the original Manga version created by Tetsumi Wada, similar
to the arcade version above.
Working with Capcom on STRIDER.
|Here we see the two handed grip Hiiryu is employing, behind|
the Billy-club projection grip below the blade base.
|Here are the blast assist elements with which I |
equipped Falchion On Capcom's NES Boxart.
|Hiryu, here from Capcom vs. Marvel:|
Strider 3 (not Marc's Illustration) grasps his Cypher, Falchion,
using the alternate grip.
Sadly my blast assist contribution to Cypher lore, although approved by Capcom, never went beyond the art I produced for the original Capcom NES version of Strider, and there are many sites now devoted to the parsing and cataloging of the many variants of every piece of equipment available to Strider warriors. One such site I found very useful was Strider Wikia
THE SORTOFSOVIET GUARD.
In 2014 it looks like he's wearing an old television on his hip. An iPhone it's not!
NES Treatment for Hiryu
As to the garb with which I created my Hiryu, I stayed very much within the actual pixelated character I witnessed in the beta play that was shown me. The blue basic jumpsuit, with bare arms, and and bare head with very copper colored hair were representative of the Hiryu that inhabited the levels played by NES Strider fans. Perhaps unique to this hero were the indications of white horizontal stripes on the legs of his jumpsuit, across his thighs, never to be seen again, to the best of my knowledge. The red scarf flowing in the breeze in later versions was not apparent in this version. The red kanji breast patch later seen was also not yet in place in the 1989 making of Strider.
The Strider artwork is so iconic and throws up feelings of nostalgia every time I see it. I just read the article over at eurogamer and managed to find the website, loving the articles I have read so far.
Would love to see a book with high quality prints published, it would be amazing.
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