I’m a big fan of Fleetways Sonic the Comic, I’m always interested in finding out about it’s creation, the staff who worked on the comic as well as ideas which were changed or just never came to light for whatever reason. As you probably know, writer Lew Stringer had a long run on STC, he held position as a writer for years and became a fan favourite with many readers, his scripts were often unique and very entertaining. Even if you don’t consider them ‘main stories’ they were well contained, entertaining, full of humor and were a welcome break from the main narrative that the comic was doing at the time.
But… did you know that he originally applied to be an artist? And that his original pitch samples still exist? As I said at the start, I’m a big fan of STC, so I’ve heard of other artists being asked or attempting to get onto the team (one artist had an idea to make a ‘noir’ style Sonic, but that story is for another day), but I’ve never seen any real examples of artwork.
What you see here is an example of what Sonic the Comic might have looked like had Lew Stringer joined the artistic team as apposed to his position as scriptwriter. The pages are all photocopies and the coloured sample is an edit to show you how it would have looked originally.
Now before you jump to conclusions about how Sonic is fighting monsters and how it looks so strange, you need to remember a few very important things with these. During the 1990’s, British comic books which were aimed at children had a very specific style to them, if you were a fan of The Beano, just compare a strip of Calamity James or even ‘The Numbskulls’ and you’ll see some influences here (in the first pannel theres what looks a lot like a ‘squish’ from Calamity James, but also, take a look at comics like ‘Buster,’ ‘The Beezer,’ or ‘The Dandy,’ odds are you’ll spot how they all influenced each other and how theres a very specific artstyle and humor that runs through them.
Don’t be confused by the enemies you see here, they’re Mr Stringer’s own creations, and whilst you may think ‘they don’t fit in with Sonic’ I would like to direct you to how Sonic nearly turned out.
And before you ask, yes, screenshots showing ‘Mr Monster Guy’ have been found, but thats a tale for another day.
Also if you’re a fan of comic’s, both as a reader or with an interest into the creation process, please give Lew Stringers blog a read as it’s a really good insight into the media.
You can see full sized versions of the above images in the gallery at the end of this update.
Source: Lew Stringer’s blog