Kintobor: "Who in tarnations are you!?"Sonic the Hedgehog 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 debut game.The comic starts with Sonic rescuing his friends from several badniks created by Dr. Robotnik, as they question where their friend 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— 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 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 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 telling the readers to go buy the game to see what happens next.While the comic is obviously not canon to the games, it did provide the backbone for Fleetway's Sonic the Comic, which borrowed the same origin story.No relation to Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, by the way.You can find the comic in question in its entirety 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.
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