Egmont Fleetway’s ‘Sonic the Comic’ may have been dead for nearly a decade, but it still has its die-hard fans. It would seem some of those fans are alive and well within SEGA – to celebrate today’s anniversary of Saturn racer Sonic R, the company has kept things appropriately British by enlisting the help of STC artist Rich Elson to design some new artwork.
Sonic the Comic was an incredible officially-licensed book that saw writers and artists – usually known for their work on the incredibly grim and gory 2000AD – try their hand at building an expanded universe for SEGA’s colourful Mega Drive mascot. Needless to say, it was a sure-fire success, offering story arcs that expertly referenced key moments in the 16-bit games while ensuring that plotlines did not talk down to the kids reading the comic.
Sonic R is also a product of British creativity, being one of two key Sonic the Hedgehog titles developed for the SEGA Saturn console. Crafted by Travellers’ Tales (now a studio best known for its work on the LEGO series of games), Sonic R was a short but sweet racing title that saw Sonic and pals dart around intricately-designed courses, gathering rings and Chaos Emeralds along the way.
We’re big fans of Sonic R, Traveller’s Tales, Sonic the Comic AND Richard Elson (who is widely regarded as one of the iconic artists behind the UK comic) so this throwback by SEGA’s retro platform SEGA Forever really warms our hearts. You can see a full-size version of the piece below.