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STH4
Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details
Issue 

4

Date Published 

August 1993

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

Production Staff
Cover Artist
  • Dave Manak
Writer
  • Michael Gallagher
Pencils
  • Dave Manak
Inks
  • Henry Scarpelli
Letters
  • Dan Nakrosis
Colors
  • Barry Grossman
Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
Editor in Chief
  • Richard Goldwater
First Appearances
Characters
  

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 4 was the fourth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.

Summary

Story One

"The Lizard of Odd" - Part One
Robotnik promises that the next creature he captures will be transformed into a super robot. Just then, a gang of SWATbots drive up with the newest catch. Excited, Robotnik runs out under the impression that the creature is a rhino or elephant; it turns out they caught a salamander. True to his word, Robotnik robotizes the salamander, but the Buzzbomber at the controls accidentally turns up the size controls and changes the little lizard into the super-sized Universalamander. Back in Knothole, Sonic complains about his lack of screentime while the other Freedom Fighters see Universalamander on their hidden cameras, crushing the forest. Sonic goes to try and stop it, sees Robotnik fleeing the planet, and ends up being eaten by Universalamander.
"The Lizard of Odd" - Part Two
Sonic upsets Universalamander's stomach from the inside until he's spit out and the fight begins again. Sonic can't win, but luckily he has collected all seven Chaos Emeralds and fifty rings, which he had stashed at a nearby Star Post. He leaps into the Star Post's energy ring and enters the Special Zone, collects fifty more rings, and transforms into Super Sonic. Sonic jumps straight through Universalamander without hurting him and runs into Knothole village where he gets the enlarge/shrink piece of the roboticizer they destroyed in the previous issue. He then shrinks Universalamander, who runs away. Later, everyone laughs at Antione, who sat on a whoopie cushion Super Sonic set on his seat.

Story Two

"Tails Little Tale"
Sonic is tired after the first story and is taking a nap under a tree, leaving Tails to declare himself the Great Forest's protector. He climbs a hill and claims he can see all with his vigilance, but behind him at the bottom of the hill Robotnik has returned and the Badniks are celebrating.with him on a successful company picnic. Ivo sends the Badniks to cause trouble and a Buzzbomber and Orbinaut capture Tails. Tails breaks free and, overconfident, tries to take on Robotnik himself. He flies to Mobotropolis and attacks a shadow he thinks is Dr. Robotnik but is actually a Swatbot's shadow puppet. A pair of Swatbots capture Tails, who is then freed by Sonic. The robots begin to self-destruct so Sonic escapes with Tails, who learns to "look before he leaps" just as he steps into a hole in the middle of the road.

Quotes

  • Universalamander: I forgot the old saying: Never eat anything blue!


  • Antoine: Sonic the Hedgehog will be scavenged!
  • Rotor: That's AVENGED, Antoine!


  • Sonic: Hey, Universalmineo! Let's make small talk!


  • Tails: I'm the Michael Jordan of Freedom Fighters!


  • Sonic: Well Tails...I hope this incident has taught you about patience!
  • Tails: (while approaching a hole) Absolutely! From now on, I'll look before I leap!

Key Events

Background Information

  • Bunnie styles Princess Sally's hair in this issue, living out her dream of being Sally's hair dresser. She does this again in Sonic the Hedgehog #177
  • A panel from this issue's Verti-Cal and Horizont-Al one-page story is reused in a flashback scene in issue 59.
  • The first story is named The Lizard of Odd. This is an obvious pun off of the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz.
  •  A flashback in StH #235 depicts the scene from this issue where Super Sonic places a whoopie cushion for Antione.

Reprint History

This issue has been reprinted in the following places:


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