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Encyclopedia > Shanazar

Shanazar is a planet from Sonic the Comic in which a run of stories was set from issue #149 to #165. A planet is generally considered to be a relatively large mass of accreted matter in orbit around a star. ... Sonic the Comic, known to its many readers as STC, was a UK childrens comic published by Fleetway Editions (the merged companies Fleetway and London Editions, which progressively became integrated with its parent company Egmont until it became known as Egmont Magazines) between 1993 and 2002. ...


The Planet

Shanazar was originally a planet existing on a sub-molecular level, working on laws based on magic and mysticism, and divided into distinctive Zones similar to Mobius. The central Kingdom of Shanazar and most of the nearby areas was a sort of Arabian Nights type fantasy world, with fantasy-Arabic architecture, deserts, dress and magics, ruled over by the extremely petty and tyrannical Princess Kupacius. The kingdom saw a technological advancement when Doctor Robotnik, briefly transformed into his original Kintobor form, arrived and began introducing innovations such as redesigning the kingdom's plumbing system. Queen Scheherazade tells her stories to King Shahryar. ... Several Sonic the Hedgehog continuities, based on the original video game continuity, have emerged over the years, each presenting different depictions of the games characters. ...

The planet also possesses Zones based around other fantasy genres, such as a forest populated by medieval-style knights and an area much like Ancient Greece which was once plagued by the powerful Medusa. It also possesses a very technologically advanced Zone that takes place in the brutal Space Races, where racers are blackmailed into acting as champions for their planets in a race on an asteroid belt. A relatively modern image of Medusa painted by Arnold Böcklin In Greek mythology, Medusa (Greek: Μέδουσα), was a monstrous female character whose gaze could turn people to stone. ...

Shanazar was also invaded by the plastic alien hive-race known as the The Plax, who devastated Shanazer with earthquakes caused by their mining operation. The Sonic the Hedgehog universes and continuities have dozens of minor characters, many of whom are anthropomorphic animals. ...

The Mystic Mountain

The kingdom of Shanazar's security was ensured for centuries by a pact made with the Genies of the nearby Mystic Mountain. Every few years, a number of small children would be sent to the Mystic Mountain to have the spirit of a Genie placed inside their body. This would enable the Genies to leave the Mountain, and for five years the child would be able to summon a Genie (in a more solid form) and command its power in defence of the kingdom. The stress of containing this power would cause the child to die after those five years and the Genie would become a truly free being, and for that time the child would be treated like royalty. Ancient Assyrian stone relief of a genie. ...

This practise was ended by Sonic the Hedgehog, who took moral offense at the idea of the child dying within five years and destroyed the Mystic Globe which made it possible. It is unknown what happened to the Kingdom of Shanazar without the Genies to defend it. Sonic the Hedgehog is the mascot character of the video game company Sega. ...

Union With Mobius/Time Zone

In order to return to Mobius, Robotnik (with help from Grimer and Nack the Weasel) developed a Dimensional Blender device that would enlarge Shanazar until it occupied the same space as Mobius, merging the two planets together; the resulting chaos and destruction would make it easy for Robotnik to take over. The device merged the worlds together but Mobius was left unharmed, with the Zones from Shanazar being added to the planet and accessible via dimensional portals. As a side effect, gateways to alternate dimensions and planet Earth (at any time and any place) were opened, and Sonic spent the next few issues exploring the New Zones and various times on Earth. Fang the Sniper from the game Sonic the Fighters Fang the Sniper, also known as Nack the Weasel, is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog universe. ...

The story that caused all this was designed by writer Lew Stringer as a way of both returning the cast to Mobius while simulataneously having Sonic hopping around time & space, an idea editor Deborah Tate was keen on at the time. Lew Stringer (born March 22, 1959, England) is a freelance comic artist and scriptwriter. ...

Original Plans

Nigel Kitching revealed on the Sonic the Comic Yahoo group that Shanazar was originally intended to not be a seperate planet (or even called Shanazar, that was meant to just be the name of the Kingdom) but Mobius in the ancient past. Sonic would discover this when running into an old-fashioned version of the Drakon Empire, who would invade the planet and be opposed by the ancient Echidnas led by Knuckles (much of this was reused in STC's Sonic Adventure adaptation). The Drakon Empire are a group of fictional antagonists from the British publication, Sonic the Comic. ... Sonic Adventure ) is a video game created by Sonic Team and released on December 23, 1998 in Japan by Sega for the Sega Dreamcast. ...

When only the Sonic strip in STC was left non-reprint and was divided between two writers, Nigel Kitching revised his plans and introduced the mercenary group Death-Trap. The idea behind this was that they would pursue Sonic, who himself would be pursuing Nack, and lose him after each story; this would enable Kitching to do his own plans and backstory while ensuring Lew Stringer was able to write what he wanted without being restrained. Unfortunately, Kitching was fired by the current editor and his plans went unused. The Sonic the Hedgehog universes and continuities have dozens of minor characters, many of whom are anthropomorphic animals. ...

External links

  • Sonicthecomic Yahoo group



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