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Sonic Super Special Magazine
Publication Details


Date Published 

April 2012

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

Production Staff
Cover Artist
  • Ben Bates
  • Ian Flynn
  • Micheal Gallagher (reprinted material)
  • Tracey Yardley!
  • Steven Butler (reprinted material)
  • Patrick Spaziante (reprinted material)
First Appearances

Sonic Super Special Magazine Issue 3 is the third issue of the Sonic Super Special Magazine comic series.


Official Solicitation

Sonic Super Special Magazine is back and better than ever! The first Sonic comic magazine in Archie history, already packed with over 100 pages of comics, news, and features, will also feature a brand-new Sonic Video-Game story! Sega's hottest new game is getting the comic book treatment, and it's only available in this deluxe, magazine-sized, quarterly collection! Also featured is the dramatic return of Dr. Eggman, the birth of New Mobotropolis and the new Sonic Time Line, which features more new art from fan-favorite artists Jamal Peppers and Tracy Yardley!"

Story One

"Time for a Comeback"

Sonic has just defeated the Egg Destroyer Battlesuit in space and returns to Mobius where he meets up with Tails. Sonic learns from Tails that the Little Planet is about to make its' annual return. Sonic has a quick flashback to when he first went to the Little Planet and how he battled Metal Sonic for the first time and saved Amy Rose. Sonic and Tails then head towards the Little Planet, while Eggman prepares for the return of Metal Sonic.

Reprinted Stories

  • "Go Ahead, Mecha My Day" (StH: #25)
  • "Reigning Cats and Dogs: Part 1" (StH: #213)
  • "Reigning Cats and Dogs: Part 2" (StH: #214)
  • "Cracking the Empire" (StH: #176)

Bonus Features

  • News Flash: Latest news from the world of Sonic
  • Sonic 4 Episode II Primer
  • What's What: Time Stones & Little Planet
  • The Mobius Timeline Part 3
  • Interview with artist Ben Bates

Background information


An earlier rendition of the cover, with a different header

  • This is the first issue of the magazine to feature a new story, as well as the first to feature a cover consisting of new artwork.
  • The first story's continuity had been misleading to some people. The story takes place in the "Sega continuity", as the first panel mentions it takes place in "Another place, another time." The story is a prequel to the game Sonic 4: Episode 2.
  • In the story "Time for a Comeback", if one dissects Sonic's first lines of dialogue, they turn out to be quotes from his appearance in the Wii video game Super Smash Bros. Brawl. This is proven because if you take off the word "doc" from the text bubble, the rest of the lines are from two taunts Sonic perform such as "Come on! Step it up!" and the infamous "You're too slow!"
  • Regardless of the continuity of the first story, the "What's What" feature explains that the Little Planet does indeed exist in the Mobius Prime universe. The feature explains that it has been kept secret by Albion and Rob o' the Hedge.
  • The "What's What" feature on the history of the Time Stones, seems to combine both elements from the Sonic CD game, and the Sonic SatAM two-part episode "Blast to the Past".

Reprint Edits

  • On the last page of "Go Ahead, Mecha My Day", the giant finger, which is meant to represent the readers finger giving the order for the crusher to come down on Robotnik, is altered to resemble a gloved finger, rather than a bare human finger. The reason for this change is unknown.

Reprint History

This issue's new story has been reprinted in the following places:

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