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STH63
Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details
Issue 

63

Date Published 

July 1998

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

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

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 63 was the sixty-third issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.

Summary

Story One

Icon 2 - "Cult Of Personality"

The Devil's Gulag is thrown into chaos as the Fearsome Foursome, Nack the Weasel, Drago Wolf, and Sleuth "Doggy" Dawg wreak havoc while Snively watches, dumbfounded. Meanwhile, in Sand Blast City, Sonic is being treated like royalty by the citizens, oblivious to Tails' concerns about their stay in the city having delayed their pursuit of Ixis Naugus. Tails asks Sonic's servants to leave the room while they have a chat and they end up arguing about whether or not they should leave. Just outside the room, Jack Rabbit is pleased to hear that Sonic doesn't want to leave, intent on keeping him around for the rest of his life. Meanwhile, Snively is surprised when the Mobian criminals at the Gulag decide that he should be their leader, believing that he was responsible for their escape.

That night, Sonic wakes Tails, revealing that he's aware that the Sand-Blasters want to keep him in the city. He explains that he had to play along to lull them into false security. As they attempt to sneak out, Jack and several of his associates surprise them and claim that there's no way out of the town while their force field is up. Sonic tells Tails to go get the Winged Victory ready while he finds a way to deactivate the force field. Tails finds the plane covered in a tarp and begins to pick it up when a group of citizens aim their guns at him and demand that he drop it. Tails does so, covering his would-be attackers in the tarp.

Sonic runs around the city, unable to find the controls for the force field, when he realizes that it's been in his face all along -- literally. Since the Sandblasters love Sonic and the force field is the one thing keeping the city safe from the wild Robians of the Great Desert, Sonic realizes that the force field controls must be located inside the giant Sonic statue in the center of the city. Sonic Spin-Dashes through the statue, destroying it and deactivating the force field.

Jack is overcome with anger and vows to destroy Sonic for what he's done when the Robians appear, waging war on the city. Sonic runs through the city, evading the Sand-Blasters and Robians, until Tails swoops on the Winged Victory and takes him aboard. Sonic and Tails watch Sand Blast City come under siege as they fly away while Snively and his criminal cohorts escape the Devil's Gulag and head for Robotropolis.

Story Two

Tales Of The Freedom Fighters: On His Majesty's Secret Service - Part Three

In Mobotropolis, an irate Sally goes looking for Geoffrey St. John, only to be stopped at the door to the armory by Lieutenant Smiley. He tells her that St. John isn't inside, but Sally asks to look for herself. Smiley tells her that she's unauthorized to enter the room. Outraged by this insubordination, she asks him where she can find Geoffrey.

The new Royal Secret Service members are training with their commander, Geoffrey St. John. Heavy is tested first, hacking into enemy hardware and pretending to be one of Robotnik's lackeys. Valdez then stealthily removes all of the facility's sensors. Faced with having to descend a steep elevator shaft, Wombat Stu pulls out a rope and uses it to help the team rappel down. Valdez knocks out the SWATbot they find down below, but the team is at a loss for how they'll take it back to their base of operations. Hershey finds a cart nearby, loads the SWATbot on it, and suggests they take the elevator back to the surface.

As the team heads back, they're stopped by Princess Sally. The princess demands answers, but Geoffrey explains that he can't reveal his objectives because he's been getting orders from her superior: King Acorn. Sally begins to ask why her father would operate above her, but Geoffrey tells her that she'll have to take that up with him. Geoffrey proudly leads his team back to base while a frustrated Sally is determined to get to the bottom of the situation.

Bonus Features

Pinup Pages/Activity Pages

The "Pro Art" Coloring Page

Pinup page of Dr. Robotnik. Presented in black-and-white as a coloring page. Pencils by Nelson Ribeiro, inks by Jim Amash.

Quotes

  • Security System: "INTRUDER -- HALT! IDENTIFY -- YOURSELF-AND-STATE-YOUR-BUSINESS!"
  • Heavy: "I have returned with important information for Doctor Robotnik!"
  • Security System: "GOOD-ENOUGH-FOR-GOVERNMENT-WORK! YOU-MAY-ENTER!"

Key Events

  • Sonic and Tails escape imprisonment in Sand Blast City.
  • The escaped Devil's Gulag prisoners appoint Snively as their leader.
  • Sally learns that the Secret Service has been assembled on her father's orders for a classified mission.

Background Information

  • Jack's closest associates in the Sand-Blasters, who appeared in this issue, would not be identified by name until StH #217.

Errors

  • Sonic's arms are colored blue in several panels of Icon 2 - "Cult of Personality".

Reprint History

This issue has been reprinted in the following places:


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