Sonic the Comic

Sonic the Comic
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Sonic the Comic issue #50
Issues223 (Finished)
Original Run1993 - 2002
PublisherEgmont Publishing (Formerly Fleetway)

Sonic the Comic was the UK's official Sega comic which published fortnightly from 1993 until the publication ended in 2002. The comic featured comic strips about Sonic the Hedgehog, alongside supporting strips about other Sega properties.

Contents

[edit] History

[edit] Format

At the start of the comic's run the standard format was 4 comic strips, the larger 7 page comic dedicated to Sonic, plus 3 supporting comic strips 5 pages in length. Often these stories would be multi-part and span several issues.

In the earlier years of the comics run, the supporting strips varied greatly with a different variety of stories such as the more serious Streets of Rage and Shinobi strips, and the comedic Decap Attack strips. Over time, the supporting comics moved away from the other Sega properties and instead were strips about the supporting Sonic cast such as Tails, Knuckles and Amy Rose.

The rest of the comic would be dedicated to games news, reviews, hints and cheats aswell as readers letters and artwork pages. The comic also featured regular contests, posters, and free gifts on the cover.

[edit] Re-prints and Publication End

In 1997, in order to reduce costs, the page count was reduced which lead to the loss of the news, reviews and game tips pages. Furthermore, in issue 133 which was published in 1998, as is Fleetway's policy with publications that reach 5 years in age, one strip of the four strips in the comic was given over to re-prints of older stories already printed in the comic. Later on, from issues 155 and 157, the other 2 supporting strips were also given over to re-prints so that the only new content was now the main 7 page Sonic strip.

Finally, from issue 185, the comic went full reprint meaning that the only new content was now the front cover of the issue. This apparently happened at short notice, so short that even one of the two writers on the comic at the time, Nigel Kitching, did not know that issue 184 would be the last with new material until requesting an extension for the next arc of stories he was writing for the comic. The comic continued to print full reprints until the publication was ended at issue 223.

[edit] Specials

Alongside the main publication, periodically special editions were printed such as the Sonic Summer Special and Sonic the Poster Magazine.

[edit] Strips

[edit] Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog was the main strip and the one that ran constantly throughout the comics lifespan, the stories varying from contained, one-issue stories, to multi-parters spanning several issues.

After a small run of self-contained stories, from issue 8 the main back-ground story which ran throughout the rest of the comic was established. During issue 8, Sonic revealed his past to Tails, Johnny Lightfoot and Porker Lewis via the Omni-Viewer in the Special Zone. At the end of the comic, Dr. Robotnik hacked the Omni-Viewer and used it to transport the group 6 months into the future, during their absence Dr. Robotnik was able to establish his rule over the vast majority of the Planet Mobius. This was the set-up for Sonic setting up his freedom fighting group and trying to free the planet of Robotnik's rule.

As time passed, the group was joined by Amy Rose, and were frequently aided by other supporting characters such as Tekno the Canary, Knuckles and Shortfuse. The comic, aswell as having it's own completely unique stories, also had several stories based around the Sonic games of the time such as Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic Adventure, the latter would be the last game adaptation to feature in the comic before the publication ended.

[edit] Main Characters

[edit] Heroes

[edit] Villains

[edit] Non-Sonic Strips

In the earlier years of the comics run, the supporting strips were about other Sega games and properties. These strips were:

  • Decap Attack
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Eternal Champions
  • Golden Axe
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Marko's Magic Football
  • Megadroid
  • Mutant League Football
  • Rocket Knight Adventures
  • Pirate STC
  • Shining Force
  • Shinobi
  • Streets of Rage
  • Wonder Boy

[edit] Issues

Sonic the Comic Issues
001 002 003 004 005 006 007 008 009 010
011 012 013 014 015 016 017 018 019 020
021 022 023 024 025 026 027 028 029 030
031 032 033 034 035 036 037 038 039 040
041 042 043 044 045 046 047 048 049 050
051 052 053 054 055 056 057 058 059 060
061 062 063 064 065 066 067 068 069 070
071 072 073 074 075 076 077 078 079 080
081 082 083 084 085 086 087 088 089 090
091 092 093 094 095 096 097 098 099 100
101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110
111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120
121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130
131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140
141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150
151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160
161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170
171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180
181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190
191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200
201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210
211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220
221 222 223

[edit] Spin-Offs

[edit] Sonic the Poster Magazine

Sonic the Poster Magazine Issues
001 002 003 004 005 006 007 008 009

[edit] Specials

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