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Publication Details


Date Published 

October 1999

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

Production Staff
Cover Artist
Cover Colorist
  • Justin Freddy Gabrie
Managing Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
Editor in Chief
  • Richard Goldwater
First Appearances

Archie Knuckles the Echidna Issue 31 was the thirty-first issue of the spin-off Knuckles the Echidna comic series.


Story One

King of the Hill: Part Two of Three - "The Thrill of the Hunt"

In HavenSabre and Sojourner find that all of their monitors have gone offline. Locke checks the circuits and realizes that their systems are being jammed by outside forces. Thunderhawk wonders if Moritori Rex is involved, but Locke believes they would already be aware of a Dark Legion invasion and the perpetrator is keeping their actions on the island a secret.

An ominous Overlander stands before Knuckles and Monk, weapon in hand. Monk threatens him, but the hunter quickly turns his taser on the gorilla. With Monk knocked out, he turns his attention to Knuckles and explains that he's been studying him for a long time. The Overlander calls upon his robot, Aryu One-Two, to carry Monk back to his base. He turns to Knuckles and asks him to follow. Meanwhile, Archimedes informs Locke that Knuckles has gone missing. They head out to search for him together.

The Overlander, Hunter, arrives at his high tech yacht. He explains to Knuckles that it serves as his vehicle and home, reminding Knuckles Dr. Robotnik, the high tech tyrant. Hunter begrudgingly admits that Robotnik shares a species with him, but he resents the madman's lack of sportsmanship. With Knuckles overcome with disgust as he stares wall of mounted animal and Mobian heads, Hunter demonstrates his point by firing a small gun at Knuckles while his back is turned but intentionally missing his shot. Hunter explains that he wants a competition, but Knuckles doesn't know why he would want to cooperate. Hunter implies that something awful could happen to Julie-Su and waits for Knuckles to accept his terms. 

Locke and Archimedes find Hunter's jamming device and follows his tracks. Meanwhile, Hunter forces Knuckles and Monk to put high tech collars and tells them to flee. Once outside, Monk immediately tries to abandon Knuckles. Their collars activate, shocking them. Knuckles realizes that Hunter's collar will shock them if they don't work together and convinces Monk work with him. They head for safety while Hunter prepares for battle.

Story Two

"The Best of Friends"

Espio is held in a facility by Valdez and his Shadowbots. Shocked, he asks how his friend became roboticized. Valdez explains that while the Royal Secret Service was evacuating the citizens from Mobotropolis, he was captured by Robo-Robotnik's Shadowbots. He was roboticized him and reprogrammed to be more than a mindless drone. With a slight amount of free will, Valdez was sent to the Floating Island to find the Master Emerald.

Believing that everyone but Dr. Robotnik is his enemy, he tries to convince Espio to join him. He has the Shadowbots bring in Liza, who struggles to escape. Noticing her resistance, Valdez wonders if she's finally willing to admit that she loves Espio more than him. She confesses that she brought Espio to Valdez, hoping he could reason him out of his brainwashing.

Valdez believes Liza has outlived her purpose and orders her to be roboticized. Espio tries to fight back, but Valdez easily brushes him aside and lets him watch Liza as she becomes a Robian. He tells Espio that he will spare the remaining chameleons if he surrenders everything he knows about Knuckles and his secrets.

Bonus Features

Pinup Pages/Activity Pages

Pro Art

Full page illustration of Knuckles fighting Shadowbots. Presented in black-and-white as a coloring page. Pencils by Frank Strom, Inks by Pam Eklund.

Gag Strips

Off Panel

Mighty tells Vector that he needs someone to help him out on Saturday, but Vector reminds Mighty that the Florida Gators and F.S.U. Seminoles are having a game that day. He explains that college football is way more important than saving the world and sings the praises of the Gators. Written by Michael Gallagher, Pencils by Dave Manak, Inks by Jim Amash.


  • Monk: "Who do you think you are, buster? If you don't get that pea-shooter outta my face -- I'm gonna wrap it around your neck!"

  • Espio: "What on Mobius happened to you, Valdez? How did you get like this?"
  • Valdez: "Don't be upset, my friend! I'm quite well, actually! Better than I've ever been!"
  • Espio: "All outward evidence to the contrary -- I'd still like to know how you -- uh -- you know --"
  • Valdez: "Don't be so pee-cee, Espio!"

Key Events

  • Locke and Archimedes discover that Haven's sensory equipment has been compromised.
  • Monk and Knuckles are captured by Hunter.
  • Hunter fits his prey with shock collars and forces Knuckles to cooperate.
  • Valdez captures the chameleons, roboticizes Liza and asks for Espio's help.

Background Information

  • This issue's cover is the second part of a three-part image.

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