(From STC #9 “Back to Reality” - Script by Nigel Kitching, Art by Richard Elson, Lettering by Elitta Fell)
As spotted by STC-O editor Stiv and writer/artist Seumidh MacDonald, ladies and gentlemen, may we present to you:
BumPenisPig.

(From STC #9 “Back to Reality” - Script by Nigel Kitching, Art by Richard Elson, Lettering by Elitta Fell)

As spotted by STC-O editor Stiv and writer/artist Seumidh MacDonald, ladies and gentlemen, may we present to you:

BumPenisPig.

(From STC #39 “Sonic No More” - Script by Nigel Kitching, Art by Ferran Rodriguez, Lettering by Ellie De’Ville)
It’s “Break Your Neck To Work Day” in the Freedom Fighter’s secret base.
Just in case you were worried I had run out of art snafus to poke fun at!

(From STC #39 “Sonic No More” - Script by Nigel Kitching, Art by Ferran Rodriguez, Lettering by Ellie De’Ville)

It’s “Break Your Neck To Work Day” in the Freedom Fighter’s secret base.

Just in case you were worried I had run out of art snafus to poke fun at!

The Sonic The Comic Christmas Story Advent Calendar - Day Four

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Issue 67 is a bit of a letdown. It came out on the 22nd of December 1995, but the only Christmas items in it are the Carl Flint cover of Sonic and Knuckles pulling a cracker with Robotnik’s face on it and an Asteron poster we’re encouraged to turn into a Christmas star for our tree. Rubbish.

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Snow Business
First printed in issue 68, cover dated 5 January 1996
Script by Lew Stringer, Art by Carl Flint and Elitta Fell, Lettering by Tom Frame

Ugh, they use that Hedgehog-manay joke like a million times.  ONLY THREE OF YOUR READERS GOT IT.


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Elitta Fell on colours! That’s an unusual one! She brings a nice look to Carl Flint’s pencils, making the characters look vibrant and bringing their personalities out. This isn’t technically a Christmas story, though it takes place between Christmas and New Year. It is, however, the closest thing to a Christmas story we get this year.

Things have definitely improved between Sonic and Knuckles over the past year as Knuckles has allowed the Freedom Fighters to spend a day in the Ice Cap Zone having a bit of a laugh (Porker and Tails don’t make an appearance, I guess some poor unfortunates had to watch the base). Amy and Johnny are snowball fighting, though Sonic is too quick to be hit by a snowball. Amy offers a kiss under the mistletoe she’s evidently been hiding, but Sonic doesn’t want to hear it and, to get away, challenges Johnny and Knuckles to a foot race to the edge of the Zone. As he dashes off, Amy flails wildly and ends up throwing her mistletoe.

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Amy sulks that some hedgehogs have no sense of occasion. Looking for her mistletoe, she sees it’s caught on a high ledge. Climbing up to reach it, she clicks a hidden switch and a door opens, revealing a giant snow monster! Or, so it appears, as it turns out it’s a Badnik, Snownik to be precise! Recognising Amy, Snownik prepares to attack.

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Amy reckons Snownik will be quite slow due to its lumbering size and it’s thicko-speak. However, it doesn’t matter a jot as Snownik can fire ice beams, which Amy only narrowly avoids. Amy dashes to get her crossbow, but Snownik freezes it solid! Amy’s forced to make a hasty retreat, with Snownik in hot (?) pursuit.

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Amy suddenly finds herself against a high cliff edge, though. With nowhere to run, Amy quickly realises that she’ll have to use the cliff to beat Snownik. She basically calls Snownik a big dopey thicky thicko and challenges him to catch her. Imitating Bobby Drake, Snownik creates an ice slide and whooshes towards Amy. Amy, of course, jumps out of the way and thicko Snownik, who Amy calls “Dullboy”, goes careening off the edge.

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Amy looks over the cliff edge and makes a disastrous quip as Snownik blows up upon hitting the ground. Seconds later, Sonic dashes up, having heard the explosion, with Knuckles following and Johnny having a sort of seizure by the looks of things. Amy says she needs Sonic quickly (now, now). Sonic tells her he can help her no matter what the problem. But, Amy has tricked our blue hero, giving him a smooch on the cheek under the mistletoe. Sonic doesn’t seem to see the funny side, though Knuckles and Johnny are very amused. Amy says if we thought that was sneaky, we should wait ‘til next year.

Amy was in an unusual position at this point in STC’s history. The waters were clearly being tested for her getting a strip of her own, though her solo appearances were a year apart. Nigel evidently didn’t have much interest in writing Amy at this point as she was little more than a background character in the lead strips. This seems to make sense, really, given Amy’s strip would eventually be written by Lew. Amy as a character, though, was somewhere in a transition. Though she was no longer the useless damsel in distress, she still had an element of being attracted to Sonic. This isn’t a flaw, of course, it’s just it meant she was still a little way off being the adventurous Amy she would eventually become. Whereas Nigel wrote Amy fancying Sonic as a bit of a mickey-take to get on Sonic’s nerves, Lew’s portrayal of her seems to suggest a genuine attraction. It’s an unusual distinction between the two versions of her character, and one that actually means it’s difficult to tell exactly what Amy thinks of Sonic; which is definitely good as that’s managed to carry on as an interesting plot point up through STC-O.

Elsewhere in issue 68, Nigel’s amazing Metallix arc continues with the second part of The Return of Chaotix, Chuck fancies himself an award winner in Decap Attack’s Monster of the Year and Knuckles and Zachary’s fight gets serious in The Homecoming. A very solid issue, then, with some huge ramifications in the Sonic and Knuckles strips.

Come back tomorrow for the first Christmas story from an issue where Lew Stringer gave us two very different ends of the storytelling spectrum.

Bloo submitted this:
(From STC #184: “Point of No Return!” - Script by Nigel Kitching, Art by Richard Elson, Lettering by Ellie De’Ville)
I typically like Elson’s art but Adventure seemed off. In this image Knuckle’s mouth and several of the poses seem.. Weird.
AMOSTC Comment: The Sonic Adventure adaptation’s art is very shaky, the eyes took a lot of adjusting to and, truth be known, I’d rather Rich not have bothered with them.  But, hey ho.  Knuckles smile, I suspect, is a reference to the original character art that introduced him to the fans where he had the same wonky smile.  Sonic is pulling a “dat ass” face and Amy looks absolutely stupid as hell here- even as a huge Elson fan, I find it difficult to accept he couldn’t have spotted how stupid that looks.
So, yeah, this was the last ever panel of original art in Sonic The Comic’s history, so that “THE END” is very poignant.  Excuse me while I wipe away a tear!

Bloo submitted this:

(From STC #184: “Point of No Return!” - Script by Nigel Kitching, Art by Richard Elson, Lettering by Ellie De’Ville)

I typically like Elson’s art but Adventure seemed off. In this image Knuckle’s mouth and several of the poses seem.. Weird.

AMOSTC Comment: The Sonic Adventure adaptation’s art is very shaky, the eyes took a lot of adjusting to and, truth be known, I’d rather Rich not have bothered with them.  But, hey ho.  Knuckles smile, I suspect, is a reference to the original character art that introduced him to the fans where he had the same wonky smile.  Sonic is pulling a “dat ass” face and Amy looks absolutely stupid as hell here- even as a huge Elson fan, I find it difficult to accept he couldn’t have spotted how stupid that looks.

So, yeah, this was the last ever panel of original art in Sonic The Comic’s history, so that “THE END” is very poignant.  Excuse me while I wipe away a tear!

squiggly submitted this:
(From STC #72: “Brute Force Part 4” - Script by Lew Stringer, Pencils by Carl Flint, Colour by Dondie Cox, Lettering by Steve Potter)
Brutus, what is with that pose…
AMOSTC Comment: I almost cropped this down to just the bottom-left panel, then I saw Brutus’ wrist in the top panel.  What the holy effing hell.

squiggly submitted this:

(From STC #72: “Brute Force Part 4” - Script by Lew Stringer, Pencils by Carl Flint, Colour by Dondie Cox, Lettering by Steve Potter)

Brutus, what is with that pose…

AMOSTC Comment: I almost cropped this down to just the bottom-left panel, then I saw Brutus’ wrist in the top panel.  What the holy effing hell.

thessgdtheory submitted this:
(From STC #89: “A New Hope” - Script by Lew Stringer, Pencils by Carl Flint, Colour by Andy Pritchett, Lettering by Tom Frame)
So you probably noticed that Tails has the case of herpaderp going on, but some other things to note here are Johnny’s Sonic emblem on the back of his coat are missing Sonics nose and pupils for the eyes; also see that part where Johnny just threw his staff weapon in a desperation move to save Amy?

On the next page he still has it on him.
AMOSTC Comment: I can forgive the lack of detail on the back of the jacket and even the googly eyes (though, seriously, what the hell), but it does seem odd that the script actively draws attention to Johnny not having his staff then Carl forgetting that.  Maybe it’s like Mjolnir?

thessgdtheory submitted this:

(From STC #89: “A New Hope” - Script by Lew Stringer, Pencils by Carl Flint, Colour by Andy Pritchett, Lettering by Tom Frame)


So you probably noticed that Tails has the case of herpaderp going on, but some other things to note here are Johnny’s Sonic emblem on the back of his coat are missing Sonics nose and pupils for the eyes; also see that part where Johnny just threw his staff weapon in a desperation move to save Amy?

On the next page he still has it on him.

AMOSTC Comment: I can forgive the lack of detail on the back of the jacket and even the googly eyes (though, seriously, what the hell), but it does seem odd that the script actively draws attention to Johnny not having his staff then Carl forgetting that.  Maybe it’s like Mjolnir?

(From STC #42: “Hero of Mobius” - Script by Nigel Kitching, Art by Carl Flint, Lettering by Ellie De’Ville)
I love this story.  Issues 41 and 42 are real highlights of STC’s golden period, a wonderful Christmas present to the readers.  And Carl Flint’s art is just super and suits Sonic down to the ground- many of his covers are among the most iconic in STC history.
But what the holy hell is up with Amy’s head/neck?

(From STC #42: “Hero of Mobius” - Script by Nigel Kitching, Art by Carl Flint, Lettering by Ellie De’Ville)

I love this story.  Issues 41 and 42 are real highlights of STC’s golden period, a wonderful Christmas present to the readers.  And Carl Flint’s art is just super and suits Sonic down to the ground- many of his covers are among the most iconic in STC history.

But what the holy hell is up with Amy’s head/neck?

In fact, to tide you over, here’s this:

(From STC #41: “In Good Hands” - Script by Lew Stringer, Pencils by Roberto Corona, Colours by John M. Burns, Lettering by Steve Potter)

In addition to Porker’s goosestep, where the hell did Sonic’s torso go?!