Publisher: Fleetway Publications
Publication Dates: 29th May 1993 – 2002
Number of Issues Published: 184 (#1 – #184)
Paper Stock: Glossy
Publishing Format: Was ongoing
Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database
The original price for Sonic the Comic was 95 pence, increasing to £1.35 by the final issue. The comic generally contained four comic strip stories, each usually following different storylines and being written and drawn by different writers and artists. The first was always a seven-page story about Sonic himself (except for #148 which began with the Tails strip), and in the earliest issues, the remaining three would involve a different Sega game character (see list below). Later, the Sega backup strips were supplanted by stories focusing on supporting Sonic characters such as Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Chaotix. The anthology “Sonic’s World” featured a variety of events in the STC world not covered by the main character strips.
The different strips could at times contrast heavily with each other, with different strips aimed at different age groups or with a different balance between comedy and drama: the humour-based Decap Attack strip could appear alongside the darker and more violent Streets of Rage strip. Lew Stringer has stated that majority of readers were aged between five and ten and many strips were written with this in mind: “That doesn’t mean that older readers can’t appreciate the stories and artwork of course but it’s worth bearing in mind that if the stories sometimes seem juvenile, it’s because they are. Having said that, it doesn’t mean we can be sloppy because we’re ‘just’ writing for kids”.
Aside from the comic strips, for its first few years STC regularly featured content related to Sega videogaming. Fitting in with the Sonic convention of calling levels “Zones”, these sections were given such titles as the “Q-Zone” (which featured videogame tips and cheats), the “News Zone” and the “Review Zone”. Readers’ artwork was printed in the “Graphic Zone”, and letters were featured in “Speedlines”.
Sonic the Comic, known to its many readers as STC, was a British children’s comic published fortnightly 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. It was the UK’s official Sega comic, featuring stories about its mascot Sonic the Hedgehog and related characters, as well as comic strips based on other Sega video games.
The comic received praise from fans and has since then gained such a loyal cult following that, after the end of its official run, fans created an unofficial, web-published version called Sonic the Comic – Online!, (STC Online) beginning in May 2003.
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