Sonic Super Special Magazine is an quarterly series published by Archie Comics, featuring various reprints of Sonic the Hedgehog. The books also include extra information such as timelines for the Sonic the Hedgehog series, behind-the-scenes information and previously unpublished artwork.
The magazine contains reprints of stories from previous issues. The formatting of the stories and their reasons for being included vary between issues. In some cases, issues contain different selections of stories from anywhere in the comics history, in some cases, relating to a particular story arc or event that's currently taking place in the main comic: for example, to coincede with Team Fighters trip to the Wolf Pack Nation in StH#237-#238, issue 3 of the magazine reprinted Sonic's previous trip there from StH#213-214. In other cases, some issues showcase stories that are part of one big story-arc, such as how issue 2 was dedicated to the Sonic Adventure adaption. So far during it's run, only one completely new story has been printed, that being the tie-in story to the video game Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2. Each story is proceeded by a brief recap of events leading up to that particular story. For the former Sonic 4 Episode 2 adaption, this page even goes to the trouble of recapping the events of the first episode of the game
Regular features in each issue include a "News Flash" page, which usually talks about major events that have just happened in the most recent issues. Other things that are likely to appear on the page are short announcements on upcoming story lines, and even snippets on upcoming Sonic games. From issue 3 onward, a two page section written by current Sonic Off-Panel artist, Jon Gray, has also been included. The most prominent part of this section is the Graphic Novel Showcase, which informs readers of upcoming titles in the Sonic graphic novel library, along with their comic shop release date. Other elements of this section usually include such things as write-ups on current happenings and upcoming events about the comic, among other things.
A semi-regular feature is the review section, which as the name implies, features a review of the most recently released Sonic game.
At the back of every issue is an interview with one of the comic creatives, interviewing such people as head-writer Ian Flynn, to several of the current artists.
The magazine also includes different data files, most times ones that are relevant to the featured stories, and an ongoing Mobius Timeline, detailing Mobian history through brand new artwork not previously seen in any form.
Issue 5 was showcased as a poster special, with the majority of its pages being dedicated to large, double-sided pullout posters of cover art. Mostly featuring old cover art, there are also some cover artwork for books that had not yet been released at that point.
- The magazine shares a similar name to a previous related comic book series, Sonic Super Specials.
- Most of the art work that was originally exclusive to the magazine, including the Mobius Timeline feature, was eventually published in the Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Meaning that now, the only exclusive art that the magazine contains are the covers, and the first story from Sonic Super Special Magazine Issue 3.