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Encyclopedia > Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie comic)
The cover of Sonic the Hedgehog #1, published by Archie Comics
The cover of Sonic the Hedgehog #1, published by Archie Comics

Sonic the Hedgehog is an ongoing series of comic books published by Archie Comics, featuring Sega's mascot video game character Sonic. Spin-off publications from the comic include a series starring Knuckles the Echidna which ran for 32 issues; fifteen 48-page "Super Specials"; a number of single special issues; and several short three-issue miniseries, each starring a character from the series. On September 21, 2005, Archie started a new series based on the TV show Sonic X. Except for the Sonic X series, all of Archie's Sonic-related series, miniseries and specials take place in the same fictional universe. This universe features a mixture of characters, settings and situations from the SatAM cartoon, the Sonic video games by Sega, and various other incarnations of Sonic. It also includes many elements unique to the comic universe. The comic is not to be confused with Sonic the Comic, which ran in the UK and published more issues despite running for a shorter time (due to the fact that U.K. comics are made on a more frequent schedule than U.S. comics). Image File history File links Download high resolution version (479x750, 122 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (479x750, 122 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Archie Comics is an American comic book publisher known for its many series featuring the fictional teenagers Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, and Forsythe Jughead Jones. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Archie Comics is an American comic book publisher known for its many series featuring the fictional teenagers Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, and Forsythe Jughead Jones. ... Sega Corporation ) is an international video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... A video game character is a fictional character appearing in a video game or computer game. ... Sonic the Hedgehog ) (born June 23, 1991) is a video game character, protagonist of a series of games released by Sega, as well as numerous spin-off comics, cartoons and books. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... Image:Knuckles001. ... The limited series is a term referring to a comic book series with a set finite number of issues. ... September 21 is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sonic X ) was the current animated television series, featuring video game hero Sonic the Hedgehog based on the storylines of Sonic Adventure series. ... A fictional universe is a cohesive imaginary world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction. ... Sonic the Hedgehog is a television series was a joint effort by SEGA and DiC and released in 1993 on ABC (U.S.). While it doesnt follow the game establishments to a tee, it was still a storyline that was founded by the combined works of SoA (Sega of... Sonic the Hedgehog for Sega Genesis The Sonic the Hedgehog series is a franchise of video games released by Sega (usually developed by their Sonic Team division) and starring their mascot character Sonic the Hedgehog. ... 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. ...

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Stories, Settings, and Characters

The comic's main focus is the adventure stories of the title character, the world-famous hero Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic loves adventure and chili dogs and he is always willing to fight to protect the people from any threat. Sonic is in some ways different from his game counterpart. In the comics, he is displayed as a frequent wisecracker and somewhat of a ladies' man, an idea absent from most other incarnations. Also, Sonic's age is left intentionally ambiguous due to relativity resulting from his recent space travel. It is likely that Sonic's actual biological age is somewhere between sixteen and eighteen, whereas in the games his is nearly always referred to as fifteen. The comic occasionally implies that "Sonic" is just a nickname. Accoding to former writer Ken Penders, Sonic's true first name in the Archie Comics continuity is Olgilive.[1] However, this was never mentioned in any story and is not considered canon. Current writer Ian Flynn has stated that he won't be revisiting the topic and is content with simply calling the hero "Sonic." In any case, his middle name has been stated as Maurice and his actual last name is Hedgehog. In physics, the term relativity is used in several, related contexts: Galileo first developed the principle of relativity, which is the postulate that the laws of physics are the same for all observers. ...

The cover of Sonic the Hedgehog #113, published by Archie Comics
The cover of Sonic the Hedgehog #113, published by Archie Comics

In the comics, Sonic lives on Planet Mobius in Knothole Village. Over time, the political status quo of Mobius has changed, which has caused Sonic's goals and adventures to likewise change. Originally, Sonic belonged to a band of Freedom Fighters who fought the evil dictator Dr. Robotnik, who had usurped the throne decades earlier and enslaved most of the planet. However, in the comic's fiftieth issue, Robotnik was defeated and apparently killed. After this, the comic dealt with the aftermath of Robotnik's regime. Sonic and friends reestablished their lost kingdom and dealt with various underlings to Robotnik, as well as unrelated villains such as Ixis Naugus. In the comic's seventy-fifth issue, an alternate universe version of Robotnik known as Robo-Robotnik came to Mobius Prime (the Mobius of the comics) and took over the original Robotnik's position. Over time, Robo-Robotnik has come to be known as just Robotnik or Eggman. The current status quo of the comic deals with a full-scale war between the Eggman Empire, ruled by Robotnik, and the restored Kingdom of Acorn, currently ruled by King Elias Acorn. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (432x665, 104 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (432x665, 104 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... This article is about the Archie comic version of the character. ... Detailed Map of the planet Mobius, made by Sonic RPG fangame groups Mobius is the planet that the Sonic the Hedgehog characters are from in the comic book series made by Archie Comics (United States) and Fleetway (Europe), and in all three American cartoons, including the light-hearted Adventures of... In the fictional universe of Sonic the Hedgehog, Knothole Village is the hidden base of operations for the Freedom Fighters, a small band (led by Sonic the Hedgehog and Princess Sally Acorn) dedicated to overthrowing the evil Dr. Robotnik. ... Sally Acorn, Antoine DCoolette, Bunnie Rabbot, and Rotor Walrus are members of the Knothole Village Freedom Fighters Freedom Fighters are characters in several of the Sonic the Hedgehog fictional universes. ... Dr. Eggman as seen on Sonic X. In Sonic the Hedgehog video games, Doctor Eggman (in modern-day and Japanese versions), or Doctor Ivo Robotnik (early United States and European versions), is the archnemesis of Sonic the Hedgehog. ... The evil sourcerer, Ixis Naugus in the SatAM cartoon. ... Parallel universe (fiction) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... In the fictional world of the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series, Eggmanland (sometimes known as Robotnikland or Eggman Empire) is a land that Sonic the Hedgehogs nemesis, Dr. Eggman, often speaks of. ... In the Fictional Universe of Sonic the Hedgehog, the Kingdom of Acorn was the ruling monarchy on the Planet Mobius (Sonic the Hedgehog) until the evil Dr. Robotnik staged a coup that would end the reign of King Acorn. ... Prince Elias Acorn is the son of King Acorn and Alica Acorn, and is the brother of Princess Sally Acorn, in the Archie Comics Sonic the Hedgehog series. ...


Most recently, the mysterious being known as Anonymous has appeared. This unknown character has manipulated many factions, and plans to destroy Sonic, his friends and his three deadliest enemies (Eggman, Ixis Naugus and Mammoth Mogul) for as yet unspecified reasons.


The Sonic comic is known for its very large cast of characters. Major characters from the games include Miles "Tails" Prower, who has been given the title of "Chosen One," Shadow the Hedgehog, who seeks the truth about his past, and Knuckles the Echidna, who guards the Master Emerald. The comic also includes characters from the SatAM cartoon, such as love interest Sally Acorn, Sonic's Uncle Chuck, and the freedom fighters Bunnie Rabbot, Antoine D'Coolette, and Rotor Walrus. The comic also has its own original characters, such as Mina Mongoose, Elias Acorn, Tommy Turtle and Fiona Fox, characters whose inclusion often cause controversy among fans. Tails may refer to: Tailcoat – a type of coat used in evening dress Miles Tails Prower – a video game character Tails – Lisa Loebs debut album This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Shadow the Hedgehog ) is a fictional character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. ... Image:Knuckles001. ... The Master Emerald is a large, green emerald depicted in the Sonic the Hedgehog video game and comic series. ... Princess Sally (or Sally Acorn) is a fictional character appearing in the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons in 1994 and Archie comics. ... This article is for minor characters that appear exclusively in the SatAM and Archie comics continuity. ... Bunnie Rabbot is a cyborg (half robot) rabbit with a thick Southern accent, who featured prominently in the Sonic animated series, Sonic the Hedgehog. ... Antoine DCoolette is a main character in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series by Archie comics. ... ... Mina Mongoose (or the provided nicknames Mina-girl, songoose and songbird, a nickname given to Mina for her singing talents) is a fictional character appearing in the Sonic the Hedgehog Archie comics. ... This article is for minor characters that appear exclusively in the SatAM and Archie comics continuity. ... This article is for minor characters that appear exclusively in the SatAM and Archie comics continuity. ...


The Archie Sonic comic typically runs original storylines based around characters from various Sonic media, but it has also made a number of adaptations. For instance, it has adapted a couple epsiodes of SatAM, as well as some of the video games' storylines, including Sonic CD, Sonic Adventure, and Sonic Shuffle among others. A recent story loosely adapted Sonic Rush, and an upcoming story will adapt Sonic Riders. Sonic the Hedgehog is a television series was a joint effort by SEGA and DiC and released in 1993 on ABC (U.S.). While it doesnt follow the game establishments to a tee, it was still a storyline that was founded by the combined works of SoA (Sega of... Sonic the Hedgehog CD or Sonic CD (as it is known in Europe and North America) is a platform game that is still well acclaimed by Sonic fans. ... Sonic Adventure ) is a video game created by Sonic Team and released on December 23, 1998 in Japan by Sega for the Sega Dreamcast. ... Sonic Shuffle is a video game for the Sega Dreamcast and was Segas answer to the successful Nintendo party game, Mario Party. ... Sonic Rush is a Sonic the Hedgehog game for the Nintendo DS. It was developed by Dimps, and published by Sega. ... Sonic Riders is a racing game developed by Sonic Teams UGA Division (a second-party developer for SEGA) for the video game consoles Nintendo GameCube, Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation 2. ...


The comic details not only Sonic's present, but also his past and future. Great attention has been given to his back story, including the lives of his relatives and friends during Robotnik's regime and the Great War that preceded it. Also, the comic ran a popular series of stories called "Mobius: 25 Years Later", showing Sonic's possible future as King of Mobius. In these stories, we learn that King Sonic has become a recluse and has severed ties with most of his former friends, except for his continuitng, strained relationship with Knuckles. Due to these stories' popularity, the story will soon be continued with a story detailing the events after King Sonic's time travel causes another possible future in which Shadow is king. Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ...


The comic's mythology surrounding the Chaos Emeralds and Master Emerald is quite different from what is seen in the games. According to the comic, the Chaos Emeralds are the result of alien radiation reacting with beryl deposits thousands of years ago. While in the games there are only seven of these emeralds, there are hundreds in the comic continuity, with seven "Super Emeralds." In addition, the Master Emerald was created by Tails, who used the chaos syphon on several emeralds to unify them. In the games, however, the Master Emerald is thousands of years older than Tails. A Chaos Emerald is a mystic item that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog video games, allowing the holder of all seven of them to transform into a super form. ... The Master Emerald is a large, green emerald depicted in the Sonic the Hedgehog video game and comic series. ...


Specials, Miniseries, and Knuckles Series

In addition to the main Sonic series, Archie published various special issues. Longer than typical issues of the comic, these specials feature stories involving Sonic and other related characters. Several miniseries have also been published, featuring characters such as Sally, Tails and Knuckles.


Because of the popularity of the specials and Miniseries featuring Knuckles, in 1997 Knuckles the Echidna became an ongoing series. Knuckles's stories featured its own cast of Characters, including the Chaotix and Knuckles's romantic interest, Julie-Su. Like the Sonic comic, Knuckles's comic is filled with background information about Knuckles's family history. Knuckles's family has split into two factions: the Brotherhood of Guardians and the Dark Legion. Knuckles is a member of the former, and Julie-Su used to be a member of the latter. Much of the conflict of the comic surrounds the relations between these two warring factions. Team Chaotix, as seen in Sonic Heroes. ... Julie-Su is a fictional character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series of comic books, released by Archie Comics. ... The Brotherhood of Guardians is an organization in the Sonic the Hedgehog Archie Comics comic book series. ... The Dark Legion is a fictional organization from the Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie comic). ...


In 1999, the series was cancelled, but the stories were continued in the pages of Sonic the Hedgehog. After Knuckles's cancellation and until issue 125, a typical issue of Sonic included a Sonic story and a Knuckles story, sometimes even including a third story. This led to each story getting considerably less space than it previously had. Recently, Knuckles's appearances have been infrequent but his story continues within Sonic's stories.


The creators also have a comic strip like a newspaper comic at the end of some issues called Off-Panel. Off-Panel was in every issue for a long time and continues infrequently in the comic series. These strips parody the comic characters as they walk around the office of their comic book creators and interact in various humorous ways.


Movie Aspirations

In the early 2000's, wind was caught of lead writer Ken Penders' attempt to get an animated feature film centered around Knuckles the Echidna into development, the key studio of choice being Dreamworks SKG. His proposals were rejected not out of disinterest (according to Mr. Penders), but due to severe legal complications regarding the copyrights to any Sonic characters developed in connection to the license by any party, which are said to essentially render the story thus far created through the intertwining roles of Japanese and American-conceived characters and concepts entirely limited to the media in which they first appeared--in this case, the Archie comic book series. (It is believed that this same snaggle is the reason for Sonic's suspiciously unnamed home planet featured in Sonic X.) To this day, it is supposed that, due to these complications, Sonic and his friends will never grace the big screen in any form not sanctioned by Sega of Japan in whatever form they choose, and the odds that elements originating from the pages of Archie, including such central elements as the Dark Legion in this case, are extremely slim due to the same set of circumstances. Image:Knuckles001. ... The DreamWorks Boy on the Moon Logo DreamWorks SKG (Spielberg, Katzenberg, Geffen) is a Big Ten studio in the United States of America which develops, produces, and distributes films, music, and television programming. ... Sonic X ) was the current animated television series, featuring video game hero Sonic the Hedgehog based on the storylines of Sonic Adventure series. ... Sega (セガ) is a video game software and hardware developer, and a former console manufacturer. ... The Dark Legion is a fictional organization from the Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie comic). ...


In a self-published article, Mr. Penders mentioned that the film proposed would have been an animated feature, though whether the animation would have been traditional or computer-generated is unknown. In recent years, a small number of fans have expressed enthusiasm over the supposition that a Sonic movie (epecially one based mostly on the Archie comic) should be presented, if financially viable, in live-action using advanced motion-capture techniques as a means of preserving (or furthering) the darker tone of the American canon. This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ... In film and video, live action refers to works that are acted out by flesh-and-blood actors, as opposed to animation. ... It has been suggested that Performance capture be merged into this article or section. ...


Current Progression

Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog continuity is currently comprised of the following comics:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog #1-#163 (ongoing) (Published monthly from July 1993 to December 2000, published thirteen times a year thereafter)
  • Knuckles the Echidna #1-32 (Published monthly from April 1997 to February 2000)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Miniseries #0-3 (Published monthly from February to May 1993)
  • Princess Sally Acorn Miniseries #1-3 (Published monthly from April to June 1995)
  • Tails Miniseries #1-3 (Published monthly from December 1995 to February 1996)
  • Knuckles Miniseries #1-3 (Published monthly from July to September 1996)
  • SonicQuest: The Death Egg Saga Miniseries #1-3 (Published monthly from December 1996 to February 1997)
  • Sonic Specials (Eight individual issues, published quarterly from 1995 to 1997)
    • Sonic: In Your Face! (Winter 1995)
    • Sonic & Knuckles (Summer 1995)
    • Sonic Triple Trouble (Fall 1995)
    • Knuckles' Chaotix (Winter 1996)
    • Super Sonic vs. Hyper Knuckles (Spring 1996)
    • Mecha Madness (Fall 1996)
    • Sonic Live! (Winter 1997)
    • Sonic Blast (Spring 1997)
  • Super Sonic Specials #1-15 (Published quarterly from 1997 to 2001)
    • #1: Battle Royal (Summer 1997)
    • #2: Brave New World (Fall 1997)
    • #3: Sonic Firsts (Winter 1998)
    • #4: Return of the King (Spring 1998)
    • #5: Sonic Kids (Summer 1998)
    • #6: Sonic #50: Director's Cut (Fall 1998)
    • #7: Sonic/Image Crossover (Winter 1999)
    • #8: Sally Moon (Spring 1999)
    • #9: Sonic Kids 2 (Summer 1999)
    • #10: Crossover Chaos (Fall 1999)
    • #11: Girls Rule! (Winter 2000)
    • #12: Turnabout Heroes (Spring 2000)
    • #13: Sonic Adventure (Summer 2000)
    • #14: Sonic Stew (Fall 2000)
    • #15: Naugus Games (Winter 2001)


Trade Paperbacks have also been released, typically collecting older, hard-to-find issues and compiling them in a single volume. These include:

  • Sonic Firsts (1998) (Includes the first appearances of Sonic the Hedgehog, Bunnie Rabbot, Super Sonic, and Knuckles the Echidna, taking stories from issue #0 of the original Sonic Miniseries, and issues #3, #4, and #13 of the regular series.)
  • Sonic: The Beginning (2003) (A reprint of the original Sonic Miniseries, with a foreword by their author Michael Gallagher)


Sonic has also appeared in issue #28 of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, a two-part crossover which concluded in Sonic Super Special #10: Crossover Chaos. Sabrina Spellman (left) and Salem the cat (right) Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is the name of a comic book series published by Archie Comics about the adventures of a teenage fictional character named Sabrina Spellman. ...



Archie also publishes a comic called Sonic X, based on the Sonic X cartoon series: Sonic X is an ongoing comic book seried published by Archie Comics, featuring Segas mascot video game character Sonic. ... Sonic X ) was the current animated television series, featuring video game hero Sonic the Hedgehog based on the storylines of Sonic Adventure series. ...

  • Sonic X #1-9 (ongoing) (Published ten times a year from November 2005 onwards)

List of Writers

  • Karl Bollers
  • Paul Castiglia
  • Romy Chacon
  • Angelo DeCesare
  • Joe Edkin
  • Clayton Emery
  • Danny Fingeroth
  • Ian “Potto” Flynn
  • Mike Gallagher
  • Mike Kanterovich
  • Benny Lee
  • J. Oliveras
  • Ken Penders
  • Tom Rolston
  • Evan Skolnick
  • Frank Strom
  • Kent Taylor

Danny Fingeroth is a comic book writer and editor, better known for a long stint as Group Editor of the Spider-Man books at Marvel Comics. ... Evan Skolnick is a writer, editor and producer who has created content in a wide variety of media including newspapers, magazines, comic books, books, websites, CD-ROMs, computer games and video games. ...

List of Pencillers

  • Chris Allan
  • Jeff Axer
  • Dawn Best
  • Al Bigley
  • Steven Butler
  • Colleen Doran
  • James Fry
  • John Hebert
  • Michael Higgins
  • Kyle Hunter
  • Manny Galan
  • Jon Gray
  • Sanford Greene
  • Ron Lim
  • Dave Manak
  • Art Mawhinney
  • Sam Maxwell
  • Harvey “Harvo” Mercadoocasio
  • Nelson Ortega
  • Ken Penders
  • Nelson Ribeiro
  • Scott Shaw!
  • Tom Smith III
  • Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
  • Frank Strom
  • Brian Thomas
  • Jim Valentino
  • Tracy Yardley!

Steven Butler is an artist who has worked in the comic book industry. ... Colleen Doran (July 24, 1963 - ) is an American comic book writer and artist, best known for her fantasy series A Distant Soil. ... Cover to Spider-Man Unlimited #4. ... Scott Shaw (often spelled Scott Shaw!) is a United States cartoonist and animator. ... Jim Valentino aka valentino (born October 28, 1952 in the Bronx, New York City, New York) is an American illustrator and writer of comic books. ...

List of Inkers

  • Jim Amash
  • Saleem Crawford
  • Jon D'Agostino
  • Pam Eklund
  • Mike Higgins
  • Rich Koslowski
  • Harvey Mercadoocasio
  • Al Milgrom
  • Jay Oliveras
  • Ken Penders
  • Andrew Pepoy
  • Jeff Powell
  • Aimee Ray
  • Josh Ray
  • Nelson Ribeiro
  • Henry Scarpelli
  • Phil Sheehy
  • Brian Thomas
  • Conor Tomas
  • Bill White

Cover to West Coast Avengers #1, Art by Milgrom Allen Al Milgrom is an American comic book writer, penciller, inker and editor. ... Henri Scarpelli is an artist who has worked in comics. ... Bill White is an animator, and a comic writer, penciller, and inker. ...

Resources

  1. Sonic HQ (1/17/06): [1]

See also


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In recent years, a small number of fans have expressed enthusiasm over the supposition that a Sonic movie (epecially one based mostly on the Archie comic) should be presented, if financially viable, in live-action using advanced motion-capture techniques as a means of preserving (or furthering) the darker tone of the American canon.
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