Created by Malibu Comics, the company behind The Ultraverse
, Street Fighter
is a 3 issue comic book series that was adapted
from the Capcom fighting game
series, Street Fighter
The comic debuted in 1993, where the Street Fighter
storyline was nothing more than an Excuse Plot tucked away in the instruction manual
of Street Fighter II
. Despite this, Malibu chose not to use most of it and instead made their own story only keeping certain details. These changes included making Ryu and Chun-Li training partners and a romantic couple, having Ken retire from fighting, becoming Ryu's manager as well as a TV star and getting killed and scalped in the second issue
. Due to these changes, Capcom themselves pulled the plug on the series after three issues.
Not to be mistaken for the The UDON Comic
The series provides the following tropes:
- Ascended Meme: Sheng Long being the name of Ryu and Ken's master. Sheng Long is actually another way of saying Shoryuken or the Dragon Punch.
- Bar Brawl: Guile gets into one after a dork has the brilliant idea of spilling beer on his hair. Despite being vastly outnumbered, he kicks every single one of their arses.
- Big "NO!": Ryu after opening a box and finding Ken's bloody scalp, hinting he was killed.
Ryu: KEN! MY OLDEST FRIEND!! NO!!!
- Canon Foreigner: Nida.
- Comic Book Adaptation
- Compressed Hair: Chun-Li whose hair is waist long wrapped in tiny little hair buns.
- Continuity Nod: Despite a few inconsistencies with the source material, the comics follow certain parts of the game's canon
- Chun-Li being an Interpol agent and wanting revenge on Bison for killing her father.
- Ryu's full devotion to training.
- Sagat getting his scar from Ryu's Shoryuken.
- Cross Over: Issue #3 has E. Honda fight one of Malibu's own superheroes, The Ferret.
- The Dark Age of Comic Books
- Death by Adaptation: Very likely Ken Masters.
- Evil Knockoff: According to Word of God, M. Bison's ultimate plan was to replace the world's fighters with these. Furthermore it was hinted the Balrog, Vega and Sagat we saw were also evil clones.
- Fireballs: The famous Hadouken and Sagat's Tiger Shot, which now appears to literally be made of fire as opposed to energy, although it is called a fireball in the game community as well.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Ryu who will take no insults from a mere woman, even if it's the strongest woman in the world.
- Ice-Cream Koan:
(Ryu to Chun-Li) "Once you were like this stream... laughing, flowing around life. Now you are like this tree—strong, flexible... but yet rooted in your obsession."
- Killed Off for Real: Ken is killed by Balrog and Sagat. A clump of his hair is mailed to Ryu.
- Not Quite Dead: Ken, had the comic continued.
- Off Model: Everywhere, especially with the kids who star in Ken's soda commercial, as well as how poor perspective issues make it look like fireballs are being thrown upward at an angle and landing downward at an angle.
- Spell My Name with an S: The comic spelled Blanka's name Blanca.
- Token Minority Couple: Ryu and Chun-Li. It's mostly Type A because at the time, Chun-Li was the only prominent female character in the series.