Back in the early 90’s, there was a newspaper in the UK which went by ‘The News of the World’ on a Sunday like many papers at this time they had a special supplement, this was often filled with crossword puzzles, random stories from it’s readers, a TV guide and usually, comic book shorts.
Well… Sonic had a comic series in this supplement. This comic series ran as best as we can from October 1993 – April 1995, over 70 comic strips were produced. This comic series was first brought to my attention 7 years ago, in that time many fans have found the odd one or two issues and uploaded them online. However with the magazine being a throw away thing which very few people kept, it’s become near impossible and expensive to find a complete collection.
To further complicate matters, there are absolutely no credits at all in the comic, making it very hard to pinpoint who actually worked on it. Well… through some detective work, myself and Lucky both agreed that the work was of former Sonic the Comic artist Richard Elson, with at least one other artist also being involved.
After a few emails and Facebook messages with Richard Elson, he confirmed that he was the person involved with the comic and that they were his work. He also provided some additional details such as Barrie Tomlinson wrote the scripts & Sandy James took over from when Richard left, John Burns was also the colourist for some of the strips.
Eventually we finally meet up at Sonic the Comic Con and showed him some of the issues in person. He recognised them and said that he had a large number of strips, he knew it was incomplete, but he also said that he had a large number of them.
So we managed to come to a small deal. He would loan us the comic strips, provided we scanned and uploaded them for all to see.
A few months later we met again and took ownership of the pages.
However, when we arranged them in order, as Richard had said, the series was incomplete.
Since then, we have gone through our own issues of the series to fill in these gaps. We have also found a number of scans of the missing issues and contacted other fans who had a few of the missing pages.
We have now found all but two of these missing pages.
In the space of around a year, we have gone from a handful of scans to an almost complete and comprehensive collection of the entire comic series. With the exception of 2 pages, this comic series has now been scanned and is now available to view online.
Reading through the pages, there are a number of very interesting observations for fans of Sonic the Comic. First of all, whilst this comic was not made under the control of either Richard Burton or Deborah Tate, certain parts of Sonic’s character in STC originate from this issue. For instance, Sonic’s fear of spiders which isn’t ever explained really in STC is explained in this comic series.
Another way in which they tie is Robotniks redesign. Whilst we see the method in which he’s re-designed in STC, in the Sunday Strips the transformation occurs in the same week as the STC and Robotnik even comments on his design change in the strip.
There are however some changes between the two comics, for instance, the Sunday Strips have a greater focus on Sonic getting rings, only issue 1 of STC had such focus. Robotnik uses a lot more egg puns and Sonic sometimes speaks really fast with no spaces between his words (much more in common with the two Sonic Yearbooks).
So now for the big bit of news, the uploading of them. The pages can now be viewed online over at Tumblr, they have been uploaded in the order in which they were released, meaning it’s easy for you to navigate and read them.
Also, we now technically have a new ‘Sonic’ to add to the list (Sega Sonic, Archie Sonic, Fleetway Sonic etc). Say hello to Sunday Sonic. What is Sunday Sonic like?
Well… Sunday Sonic is the most incompetent Sonic out of all the Sonic’s.
Sunday Sonic suffers from terrible short term memory, each week he says almost the same thing over and over again.
Sunday Sonic takes several weeks to defeat Robotnik per encounter.
In later issues, Sunday Sonic has a problem with the space time continuum, sometimes he appears in one location, then in the next strip he’s in a completely different one yet the story continues as if nothing has happened.
More details on the comic can be found at this topic on our forums.
Whilst it’s tempting to just finish now and take all the credit for this. Huge thanks goes to SSMB member Lucky for all her hard work in scanning a large number of the issues and uploading them as well as making a lot of the contacts over the last few years. Credit should also go to Tumblr user hypermikey who uploaded a number of the missing strips too.
But huge thanks goes to Richard Elson for agreeing to let myself and Lucky take ownership of his pages and for trusting us to actually get this done, it took a while but we finally got there.