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Knuckles13
Knuckles the Echidna
Publication Details
Issue 

13

Date Published 

April 1998

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

Production Staff
Cover Artist
Cover Colorist
Writer
Pencils
Inks
Letters
Colors
Editor
  • Justin Freddy Gabrie
Managing Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
Editor in Chief
  • Richard Goldwater
First Appearances
Characters
  

Archie Knuckles the Echidna Issue 13 was the thirteenth issue of the spin-off Knuckles the Echidna comic series.

Summary

Story One

The Chaotix Caper: Part One of Three - "The Unsuspecting!"

Harry, a taxi driver and former member of the Dingo Regime, is working the night shift in Echidnaopolis when he hears a cry for help. He heads into an alleyway and finds Charmy Bee trying to help his unconscious friend, Mello. Harry takes them to the hospital, where Mello is rushed into the emergency room. Harry plans to slip away, but relents to his conscience and tries to comfort Charmy before heading out. As he makes for the exit, Constable Remington arrives and the rest of the Chaotix accidentally knock him down. While the others talk to Charmy, Mighty notices Harry and helps him back to his feet. An echidna doctor leaves the operating room and gives them the bad news.

Meanwhile, Renfield T. Rodent watches as a shipment of supplies arrives for his Happyland Amusement Park. He schemes to himself, anxious for the reopening of his park to attract a new crowd of customers from Echidnaopolis. Unbeknownst to Renfield, he is being watched remotely by another businessman, Downtown Ebony Hare, who plots his own schemes. At the Echidna Security Team HQ, the Chaotix and Julie-Su watch as Remington questions Charmy about what happened to Mello. Charmy explains that they went to Happyland, having read that it was under new management, but when they left Mello fell ill and started twitching.

Remington tells the group that what happened to Mello is the latest in a series of cases of Lemon Sundrop Dandelion poisoning. He explains that local scientists suspect that the outbreak is caused by a contamination of local foods, but they are unable to track its source. In addition, they've discovered that most of the victims tend to be children or young adults. With all of this in mind, the Constable charges the Chaotix with investigating Happyland. 

In Haven, Sabre finds Locke intensely monitoring their security systems to manage affairs in Knuckles' absence. He is confused to actually find Knuckles in the Mobian Badlands. Knuckles hears a strange noise nearby before noticing a pack of lights heading towards him. He runs away, surprising Locke and Sabre, who are impressed with his progress.

As the Chaotix leave EST HQ, Charmy notices a taxi nearby. He notices that the driver is Harry and thanks him for helping his friend. Harry realizes that Charmy has other intentions and agrees to take the group to Happyland. Julie-Su assumes that Mello's illness was caused by the food at the park, but Charmy doesn't recall Mello having eaten while they were there. The Chaotix chow down on some chilli dogs, certain that everything is fine, but Julie-Su has reservations on giving up so quickly. Meanwhile, Downtown Ebony Hare and Foxy Reynard break into Renfield's office and demand to become "business partners" with him, threatening to Blackjack beat him up if he refuses. The Chaotix begin to trip out as they succumb to LSD poisoning.

Quotes

  • Charmy: "I can see for miles and miles -- take a journey into the center of my mind, Julie-Su!"

Key Events

Background Information

  • This issue's cover is the first part of a three-part image.
  • This issue's cover features an advertisement for the main comic series.
  • Charmy's size is radically different in this issue compared to previous appearances. The earlier, smaller size is explained as being a "flight mode".

Cameos & References

  • Lemon Sundrop Dandelion is a not-so-subtle reference to LSD.
  • Parts of the dialogue during the hallucinations is in reference to lyrics by The Beatles.
  • Renfield sings "Happy Happy Joy Joy" from The Ren & Stimpy Show.
  • While Remington recaps the sudden outbreak of Lemon Sundrop Dandelion poisonings, one victim in his flashback is seen wearing Jughead's iconic hat and two echidna children that resemble Tommy and Angelica Pickles from Rugrats are seen.


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