The Archie Comics App is an electronic software available to download on Smart Devices and many personal computers, which allows one to buy and read digital versions of Archie Comics publications various titles.
The app previously had nearly every Archie Sonic series and issue available to purchase and download, providing digital editions of the printed comics, as well as digital exclusive titles, consisting of selected reprints.
After Archie Comics lost the Sonic the Hedgehog license in early 2017, the library of digital issues remained available on the app until December of that year, before being removed. While the issues are no longer available officially on the app (with a few unique exceptions), customers can still access the issues that they've already bought within their own personal library.
Before the license was lost, the app was known to contain every issue of both Archie Sonic the Hedgehog and Archie Sonic Universe, as well as the majority of the graphic novel releases, and the Sonic Super Special Magazine and Sonic Super Digest issues. Back issues of no-longer published works were, for the most part, still incomplete. The Archie Knuckles the Echidna series seemed to add more issues once they had been released via the Knuckles Archives. The same was true for the older 3-issue mini-series', with the Sally, Tails and Sonic Quest issues only being added once they'd been released through the Sonic Select books. There had been some publications which were briefly released on the app but later removed, such as Sonic Super Special Magazine #14, the physical release of which never even saw the light of day.
While none of the core Archie Sonic titles can be found on the app any longer, issues of other Archie Comics' titles where Sonic appeared are still available to purchase, such as the Archie Mega Man comic book series.
Currently Available on the app
Issues of other Archie Comics' titles that Sonic had appeared in as part of crossover storylines are still available on the app as of now, these include:
- Archie Mega Man: #24-#27, #50-#52
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch: #28
- All 55 issues of the Mega Man series are currently available. The issues listed above are those that make up parts of the Worlds Collide and Worlds Unite crossovers and are the only parts of those storylines still available through the app. Issues from Sonic, Universe, and Boom, as well as supplementary issues (FCBD, World Unite Battles) and the graphic novel compilations, are not.
- All 32 issues of the second Sabrina the Teenage Witch series are currently available. The second chapter of the "Some Enchantra Evening" crossover storyline is unavailable on the app in any form.
Previously Available on the app
The following were available to buy on the app before they were removed. While no longer available via the app, these can all still be purchased through general digital comics platforms such as Comixology:
- Archie Sonic the Hedgehog: all 290 issues
- Archie Sonic Universe: all 94 issues
- Archie Knuckles the Echidna: issues #1-#21
- Princess Sally Miniseries: all three issues
- Tails Miniseries: all three issues
- Sonic's Friendly Nemesis: Knuckles: all three issues
- Sonic Quest Miniseries: all three issues
- Sonic Super Special: issue #6 only
- Free Comic Day Special: the issues from 2007, 2008, 2010-2012, and 2015
- Sonic Super Special Magazine: issues #1-#13
- Sonic Super Digest: all 17 issues
- Worlds Unite Battles: both issues.
- Sonic Archives: all 25 volumes (including Volume 0)
- Knuckles Archives: all 4 volumes
- Sonic Select: all 10 books
- Sonic Universe Graphic Novel Series: all 8 volumes
- Sonic Saga Series: all 7 volumes
- Sonic the Hedgehog Graphic Novel Series: all 4 volumes
- Sonic Legacy Series: all 4 books (the fourth was app-exclusive)
- Sonic Genesis Graphic Novel
- Sonic/Mega Man: Worlds Collide Graphic Novel: all three volumes
- Sonic/Mega Man: Worlds Collide: The Complete Epic
- Sonic/Mega Man: Worlds Unite Graphic Novel: both released volumes
- The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia
No Longer Available Anywhere
These titles were previously available on the app for a time before being removed, in cases unrelated to Archie's eventual loss of the Sonic license. Unlike the titles listed above, these do not appear to be available on any other digital comics platforms:
- Sonic Super Special Magazine #14 (was never released physically, but was very briefly released on the app)
- Free Comic Book Day issues from 2009 and 2013
Sonic Comics AppThe Sonic Comics App was an app originally released as a companion to the main Archie App. This app was dedicated solely to the Archie Sonic comics (as well as the Mega Man issues that were parts of the crossovers). The main Archie App did still feature Sonic issues during this time however.
The app has mainly fallen out of use in recent years, no longer being advertised within Archie's publications, and has dissappeared off of app stores. If one downloaded the app when it was available, then it is still accessible through through purchased apps. The app actually still updates with new issues as they're released, however the front page is not, and the overall format is extremly out of date when compared to the main app.
A Mega Man Comics App was also released, which was dedicated to the Archie Mega Man titles and, likewise, included the Sonic and Sonic Universe issues from Worlds Collide. This app also fell into disuse, though considerably sooner than its counterpart.