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[[caption-width-right:271:[[ARareSentence A not-so-blue, spunky insectivore meeting his soon-to-be archnemesis.]]]]

->'''Kintobor''': "Who in tarnations are ''you!?''"
->'''Sonic''': "Don't you ''know?'' I'm '''[[SonicTheHedgehog SONIC the Hedgehog]]'''[[TradeSnark ™]]."

A very interesting entry from the earliest days in the SonicTheHedgehog series, this oneshot promo comic was crafted in an attempt to provide an origin story for Sonic in the western world, as well as promote his [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog debut game.]]

The comic starts with Sonic rescuing his friends from several badniks created by Dr. Robotnik, as they question where their friend [[SdrawkcabAlias Dr. Kintobor]] is--only for Sonic to drop the bad news that Kintobor IS Robotnik! He then flashes back into an origin story, where Sonic explains how he first met Kintobor.

His tale begins back when he was a prickly, brown hedgehog, with him accidentally burrowing into Kintobor's underground laboratory, just as he is working on the Retro Orbital Chaos Compressor-- [[FunWithAcronyms or just ROCC for short]], which the good doctor intends to use to rid the world of all evil, as soon as he finds the seventh Chaos Emerald, which is required with the other six already in the machine. Sonic and Kintobor become [[JustForPun fast friends]], and after a freak accident involving a treadmill (due to Sonic wanting to kick the mass versus velocity theory in the dirt) Sonic's fur is turned from brown to cobalt blue, and his quills are permanently fused together from the heat of the speed he was going at--and Kintobor promptly gives him a special pair of friction-less shoes to replace his old ones.

But one day, Kintobor [[NiceJobBreakingItHero spills a drink on the ROCC controls]], causing the machine to go haywire; not only scattering the ROCC's containment rings all over South Island, but also bathing Kintobor in 10,000 bolts of Pure Evil Energy, causing him to transform into Dr. Robotnik.

The rest of the comic is spent on Sonic partaking in loose adaptations of the levels from the games to try and stop Robotnik, as well as saving Porker Lewis in the end (albeit losing a Chaos Emerald to Dr. Robotnik in the process) and the comic [[BreakingTheFourthWall telling the readers]] to go buy the game to see what happens next.

While the comic is obviously not canon to the games, [[note]] Not anymore, but Initially, [[AllThereInTheManual per word of the]] [[http://sonic.wikia.com/wiki/Sonic_Bible original US Sonic series bible]], this comic was in some form considered the canon backstory to the US continuity of Sonic, which was initially distinct from its Japanese continuity, until it was retconned to fit in line with the japan continuity again when SonicAdventure came out [[/note]] it did provide the backbone for Fleetway's SonicTheComic, which borrowed the same origin story.

No relation to Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, which has a completely different backstory and continuity, despite also being set on Möbius.

You can find the comic in question in its entirety [[http://info.sonicretro.org/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_(promotional_comic) here.]] It was included in some older early 90's comic books, and was also included in issues of ''Sega Visions'' and ''Disney Adventures'' (the former in a heavily abridged form that chopped out the entire Kintobor to Robotnik part). Predictably, it was also given away as a standalone promotional issue.

Compare to the Japan only, three volume tie in manga, [[http://sonic.wikia.com/wiki/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_Story_Comic "Sonic The Hedgehog Story Comic"]], which likewise provides a little backstory to Sonic before the main game (and is likewise unrelated to the other Sonic manga series published there, which also had its own interpretation of the original games backstory drawn by the mangas artists, albeit as a tie-in to SonicTheHedgehog2 instead).
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!!Tropes Related To The Comic:
* ArtEvolution: Sally Acorn appears very, very different. She is not humanoid at all (the [[ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog current one]] is essentially a [[HumanoidFemaleAnimal photorealistic naked human with a anthro animal head stuck on]], especially under Stevn Butler), wearing a pink bow (the current one has boots and a vest) and very dimunitive.
** Also applies to Jonny Lightfoot and Porker Lewis. Thankfully, the current incarnations are not photorealistic humans with animal heads, however the new ones are more anthropomorphised.
** Sally is essentially [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091002173929/sonic/images/e/e4/Ricky_(Sally_Acorn)_1.png Ricky]] with a bow on his head, trying to pass for a girl, in this issue.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Invoked; Kintobor's treadmill acknowledges a proper estimate of Sonic's natural speed using the Mass Versus Velocity theory as 17 mph, but Sonic, being as brash as he is, decides to spit in the face of it by going so fast that he breaks the sound barrier, and thus violently overloads the treadmill--and the heat from the speed also changes Sonic's color and permanently fuses his quills together.
* BeneathTheEarth: Where Kintobor's secret lab is located.
* BigBad: Dr. Robotnik, natch.
* BigGood: Dr. Kintobor, until he becomes Robotnik.
* CanonDiscontinuity: The comic has ''never'' been taken as canon for the games since SonicAdventure adopted the japanese continuity of the games to the west.
* CanonForeigner: The seventh Chaos Emerald gets mentioned offhand in the story, even though at the time only six Chaos Emeralds existed in the early Sonic games, and the seventh emerald wouldn't become canon until ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2''.
* CanonImmigrant: Porker Lewis would become a prominent character in the UK Sonic Comic.
** Oh, Sally's here too. She looks completely different from her current self, though.
*** And Johnny Lightfoot.
** The idea of a seventh Chaos Emerald would be used for the SegaGenesis/Mega Drive version of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2''.
* CliffHanger
* ContinuityDrift; Initially the canon backstory to the US branch of the Sonic games, but this was either ignored or forgotten, and made moot anyway when SonicAdventure permanently retconned the western games continuity to match the Japanese continuity of the series.
* TheCorruption: What turns Kintobor into Robotnik.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Robotnik
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: On account of the totally bizarre origin story.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Sonic introducing himself to Kintobor.
* FunWithAcronyms: ROCC.
* GrimyWater: In Labyrinth Zone, due to Robotnik's pollution. Sonic almost drowns in it.
* MechaMooks: The Badniks.
* MineralMacGuffin: The Chaos Emeralds.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: If Kintobor had just kept that soda away from the machine, the whole mess wouldn't have started in the first place.
* NowBuyTheMerchandise: Sonic tells the reader at the end to buy the game it's based on to find out how the story ends.
* OffModel: The artist simply could not make up his mind about how big or small Sonic's features, head or girth are.
* {{Prequel}}: Intended to be one to the first game.
* PungeonMaster: Sonic.
* SdrawkcabAlias: Kintobor and Robotnik.
* SuperHeroOrigin
* SuperSpeed: Sonic, naturally. He breaks the sound barrier early in the story.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: While the Mass Vs. Velocity theory was written by AlbertEinstein, here he's called [[PunnyName Eggstein]] due to the Einstein name being trademarked.
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