After 24 years and hundreds of issues released, Sega of America will end their Sonic the Hedgehog publishing partnership with Archie Comics. Sega announced the split yesterday with an official statement (which you can read below) and advising that this is not the end of the comic line but rather a different direction that the company will take moving forward.
After 24 years of memorable storytelling, SEGA of America will conclude their Sonic the Hedgehog publishing partnership program with Archie Comics. This does not mark the end of Sonic in comics, but signifies SEGA of America’s decision to take a different direction for the series that will be announced at a later date. SEGA would like to thank Sonic’s amazing fans for their loyalty and passion over all the years. SEGA looks forward to providing more information soon.
Sonic the Hedgehog comic series launched back in 1993 and was the longest running monthly American Comic to never relaunch at over 290 issues which also included widely publicized cross-over event with Capcom’s Megaman, which was also turned into a comic by Archie Comics.
It’s cancellation shouldn’t come as a surprise to longtime fans however, as Archie removed Sonic’s comic line from its list of subscriptions earlier this year and replaced its Free Comic Book Day offering. Other Archie Sonic titles including Sonic Universe, Sonic Super Digest and Sonic Super Special Magazine were also removed from the slate.