If I had to make a short list of things from the Internet I love, it would probably look something like this:
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Single-purpose Tumblr blogs (Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber, I’m looking at you)
- Overly British pop culture
- Websites written by The GagaMan(n) (If you don’t like Sega Memories, you’re probably lying to yourself)
So you can only imagine how ridiculously excited I was to find out Gagaman has recently taken his talents to Tumblr, celebrating Fleetway’s Sonic the Comic with Fuck Yeah Sonic the Comic. The blog plans to scrounge up the best bits of the series, with random panels from the comics, adverts, graphic zone art and other oddities contained within. So far, things look to be off to a great start—fans of Fleetway and random Sonic artifacts should keep an eye on this.
For the record, I also think the Game Gear case, shown right, is pretty awesome. Too bad it isn’t the waffle maker I assumed it was at first glance.
It’s easy to forget with the ongoing popularity of the Archie Sonic comic that there was a second Sonic comic, by the (self-explanatory) name of Sonic the Comic. Published by Fleetway Editions in the UK between 1993 and 2002, it was officially Sega licensed and did comic stories about not just Sonic and pals (that as a whole tended to stick closer to game canon than Archie did), but also other Sega franchises like Ecco the Dolphin, Shinobi, and more. And naturally, like in the USA, there were a few game adaptions. However, unlike Archie, they tended to be spread over the course of several issues. Many fans still regard the Sonic 3 & Knuckles adaption one of the finest game adaptions that’s been done in printed media.
But that’s not what we’re looking at today – we’re looking at Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Early on in the comic’s history, in issue #6 (with #1 coming out in May 1993, Sonic 2 had already been out for a good 6 months, so the comic from the very start was set post Sonic 2), there was a single-issue loose adaption of the final 2 zones of the game – so, let’s dive in and take a look!
…some more nonsense about Sonic the Comic.
I probably don’t need to remind anyone about part one of this article, as it’s still on the front page and you can just glance at it. But heck, here’s a link anyway if you stumble across this sometime next September. Now, let’s continue on! For when we last left our heroes, Sonic the Hedgehog was stranded in The Special Zone, the Chaotix were being ineffectual, and Dr. Robotnik…oh right, we didn’t get to that.
…some Fleetway Christmas reviews.
For the uninitiated, Sonic the Comic was a comic book series published by Fleetway (and later Egmont Fleetway) which detailed the adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog in a form far different than its counterpart in America, Archie Comics. While the latter used the setting of the Saturday morning series, the U.K.-based comic opted instead for the “official” story the west used at the time – that Dr. Robotnik was once kind Dr. Ovi Kintobor, who turned into the evil doctor because of an accident involving the Chaos Emeralds and a hard boiled egg. Hey, it was the early 90’s…that was a perfectly normal comic, who were we to question? Sure, we had no idea the storyline in the Japanese games was completely different, but…