Archie Comic Publications Intro
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
First Ever Issue:
Sonic The Hedgehog #0 (February 1993); this was a mini-series
Regular Series Began:
Sonic The Hedgehog #1 (July 1993)
Sonic The Hedgehog #290 (December 2016)
Sally #1-3 (1995), Tails #1-3 (1995), Knuckles #1-3 (1996), and Sonic's Quest #1-3 (1996)
Sonic and the Freedom Fighters battle Robotnik (also called Eggman) to prevent him from taking over the Kingdom of Acorn and the rest of the planet Mobius.
KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA
First Mini-Series: Sonic's Friendly Nemesis Knuckles #1 (April 1996)
Knuckles: The Dark Legion #1 (January 1997)
Knuckles The Echidna #32 (November 1999)
Knuckles and the Chaotix discover mysteries surrounding the Floating Island (that's what it was called during the series though it is called Angel Island as of December 2002) and adjust to life as the echidnas finally return to the island along with their enemies.
SPECIALS & SONIC SUPER SPECIALS
First: Sonic: In Your Face (December 1994)
Sonic Super Special #15 (November 2000)
Sonic The Hedgehog: Firsts: Re-print of the first ever Sonic story by Archie (Sonic #0--mini-series), the first appearance of Bunnie (Sonic #3--regular series), the first appearance of Super Sonic (Sonic #4--regular series), and the first appearance of Knuckles (Sonic #13--regular series).
Sonic The Hedgehog: The Beginning
: Re-print of the Sonic #0-3 mini-series (and covers) with opening comments by Mike Gallagher.
OVERALL SERIES NOTES
The Archie Sonic Comics series have always worked a different from the norm of the games. Archie, originally working with DiC and Sega, took elements from both the "Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog" and "Sonic The Hedgehog" cartoons as well as the video games (as provided by Sega of America) to create their series. As a result, while there are definite references to the video game series (Super Sonic, chaos emeralds, etc.), there are also very strong references to both cartoon shows. Over time, it has clearly become its own individual universe though Archie does acknowledge other official Sonic universes in various ways: Knuckles' hat from the OVA being given to Knuckles as a gift from his great-grandfather six generations removed, Sonic Underground existing in another alternate universe, etc.
II. Sally and "End Game"
Another factor that must be noted concerns the fourth part of "End Game", written by Ken Penders, the main Sonic writer at the time. The original premise behind Endgame was to serve as the true death of Princess Sally - one of the main characters and Sonic's would be love interest. Sally was to die by falling off a building on a reconaissance mission into Robotropolis only to be unknowingly replaced by a Robotnik clone. The clone would have lasted for about ten or so issues and later on down the line, the only person who would have realized this is Tails. Sonic wouldn't have believed him at first until it was too late - only realizing that in his supposed death Doctor Robotnik would have gotten the last laugh after all. Sonic would have become more protective of Tails and would have assumed position as leader of The Freedom Fighters. This NEVER happened. Zero hour of the release date of Sonic #50, Sega Of America stepped in at the last moment saying that they wanted Sally to stay alive for reasons of their own. Needless to say, these reasons have yet to surface. Even #51 hints at the problems of a "traitor" in Knothole (the robotic Sally?), but with Sally still alive, the entire schematics of stories after #50 had to be changed. Ken Penders and editor Justin Gabrie were forced to cut back the story that fans had been expecting and instead of the planned story, we got the Mobius World Tour.
III. Cancellations and Game Adaptations
The cancellation of the Knuckles series caused the Sonic Adventure adaptation to last for six months instead of the planned three months. The cancellation of the Super Specials within a year of the Knuckles cancellation caused many stories to be altered (and others to not even see print) due to adjustments of going from three regular books back to one. The additional forced previews of Sonic Shuffle (Sonic #92) and Sonic Adventure 2 (Sonic #98)--which had not been planned for but were seemingly required by Sega to promote their games--at the time caused the planned crossover for Sonic #100 to be scrapped, and resulted in changes concerning the "Ultimate Villain" storyline, which was never really brought up again. It is worth noting that there has not been another game adaptation/preview by Archie since Sonic Adventure 2 though Archie used to regularly have adaptations for most major games.
IV. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: One Year Later...
Karl Bollers has provided Sonic HQ with a character overview
for the Sonic The Hedgehog series for post-Sonic #134. Obviously the stuff noted here did not happen, but you can see what ended up on the cutting room floor.
Began: Sonic X #1 (September 21, 2005)
Sonic X #40
Sonic and friends battle Dr. Eggman while living on a parallel earth. The background for this series is rooted in the anime, Sonic X, though the adventures are unique.