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STH16
Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details
Issue 

16

Date Published 

August 1994

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

Production Staff
Cover Artist
Writer
Pencils
Inks
Letters
Colors
Editor
  • Scott Fulop
Managing Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
Editor in Chief
  • Richard Goldwater
First Appearances
Characters
Locations
  

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 16 was the sixteenth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.

Summary

Story One

"Sonic Under Glass" - Part One

The Freedom Fighters take a group photo on the outskirts of Robotropolis to celebrate their final victory against Dr. Robotnik. Months later, Sonic and Sally get ready to be married. A jealous Antoine looks on as Sonic says to Sally, "If only Robotnik could see us now". It turns out Robotnik is watching them as holographic images in a small glass dome. He explains to his Badniks that he lured the Freedom Fighters into a trap, knocked them out with sleeping gas, and transported them to Robotropolis, keeping them in suspended animation and transferring their minds into a virtual reality chamber.

Crabmeat asks why they don't just eliminate them. Robotnik reveals that their minds are being used to power his demolition drones. Suddenly, events shift in the dome. Antoine's dreams override Sonic's; he switches places with him at the wedding and Sonic becomes a janitor. Reality shifts again, and they wind up in a Picasso like scene with a wooden backdrop and melted clocks. An unroboticized Uncle Chuck and Muttski arrive through a door with a wedding present for Sonic, telling him anything is possible in virtual reality.

"Sonic Under Glass" - Part Two

Sonic tries to make sense of all the nonsensical shifting of the world and asks Uncle Chuck for some easy answers. Uncle Chuck gives him exactly what he asks for and, realizing the artificial nature of their world, Sonic takes advantage of the fact that he can make anything happen. He starts by making a monitor appear to see what is happening in the real world. Seeing that Mobius is in trouble, Sonic struggles with whether or not it's right to shatter his friends' artificial happiness and leave his uncle again.

The virtual Uncle Chuck assures him that he knows what he must do. Sonic manipulates the drones in the real world and sends them back towards Robotropolis, blackmailing Robotnik into releasing him and everyone else from the VR program. With Sonic and the Freedom Fighters awakened and outside the city, Robotnik vows that the war will be his and orders Uncle Chuck and Muttski to clean up the glass and liquid from the VR tubes. Sonic vows to rescue Uncle Chuck and Muttski someday.

Story Two

"The Man from H.E.D.G.E.H.O.G."

Robotnik suspects that a spy is leaking information to the Freedom Fighters. He assigns Snively and Crabmeat to dig up the "mole". They bring him an actual mole, making him talk by shining a strong light in his face. Robotnik asks the mole "Who is the head of Secret Intellegence?" and the mole only says "Thats right!" Confounded by this, Robotnik resorts to setting up a "wheel of misfortune" and doing evil completely at random. The Freedom Fighters manage to show up and ruin his plans regardless, and taunting notes are left at the scene by the spy. Robotnik decides to set up a trap for Sonic and Sally in the Casino Night Zone.

Sonic faces off with an assassin SWATbot and falls into a trap hole. He wakes up strapped to Robotnik's wheel with several lasers pointed at him. As Robotnik prepares to annihilate Sonic, the lights go out. When the lights come back on, a Sonic-shaped hole has been carved on the wheel, Sonic himself is missing, and the wheel is revealed to have been concealing a camera all along. Later, Sonic and Sally are shown in the Secret Intellegence Headquarters, closing up business with the head of the agency, Harvey Who.

Bonus Features

Gag Strips

Sonic-Grams Preface

Paul Castiglia has tied himself to a filing cabinet in Scott Fulop's office, unwilling to leave. Scott demands that he leave since he doesn't edit Sonic's book anymore while Sonic goes into a Spin Dash to cut the rope. Art by Dan Parent.

Quotes

  • Sonic: "There's something very wrong here--but I can't quite put my finger on it!"
  • Antoine: "What do you mean zis is wrong? Zis is everything I evaire hoped for--except for zee melting clocks!"


  • Sonic: "You've ever heard of static cling?--Well, you're sure to get a charge out of this!"

Key Events

  • Dr Robotnik captures the Freedom Fighters and traps them in a virtual reality.

Background Information

  • This issue was published the same month as Sonic the Hedgehog #15.
  • Sally's colors are changed from this issue forward to match her SatAM design.

Cameos & References

  • Verti-Cal and Horizont-Al make a brief cameo in the first story's virtual reality.
  • Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore make cameo appearances in the second story.
  • Sonic's question, "How many licks does it take to get to the chewy center of a lollipop," is a reference to a classic Tootsie Pops commercial.
  • The title of story two is a reference to the 1964 television series The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
  • When Robotnik shows the list of plans that Sonic has foiled, they are all named after films in the James Bond series.
  • The note reading "The owls are not what they seem!" is a reference to the 1990 TV series Twin Peaks.

Errors

  • Grounder is mistakenly colored purple in this issue. This is fixed in the Sonic Archives reprint.
  • Sally wears a vest on the cover, but does not wear a vest in the comic itself until Sonic In Your Face.

Reprint History

This issue has been reprinted in the following places:


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