(STC #121 cover by Mick McMahon)
Mick McMahon did a post on his blog a while back that recently got posted on the STC-O forums showcasing many of his Sonic The Comic cover art pieces. McMahon’s probably among the least popular of the Sonic artists from STC among readers (his 2000AD work is utterly influential and, frankly, amazing, but he wasn’t an ideal match for STC in my opinion) but I can’t help but love this piece. It’s utterly charming, isn’t it?
Anyone have any opinions on McMahon? Just to make it perfectly clear, I think McMahon’s a seriously talented artist but just so wrong for Sonic the Hedgehog. Would love to hear your thoughts, Boomers.
(From STC #72 “The Return of Chaotix Part 6” - Script by Nigel Kitching, Art by Richard Elson, Lettering by Ellie De’Ville)
Art’s fine here, but that mis-placed speech bubble makes the Emperor look like he’s schizophrenic.
(From STC-O #254 “Come Crashing Down!” - Script by Mike Corker, Art and Lettering by Pete Murphy)
Pete’s another STC artist who has only improved- in fact, between this strip and the previous part of the story, the improvement is very noticeable. However, nobody on the forums seems able to work out what Set’s weird weapon is here, with suggestions ranging from stilettos to melted Curly Wurlies.
(From STC #50 “Captain Plunder & His Sky Pirates!” - Script and Art by Nigel Kitching, Lettering by Elitta Fell)
This whole sequence was unbelievably funny the first time I read it, I couldn’t stop laughing for absolutely ages- I had to put the comic down and come back to it later I was laughing that hard. This story and the first Decap Attack story are among the funniest things STC ever ran; Nigel Kitching wasn’t just a masterful storyteller, he was also the master of visual gags in STC (and he still is- in a single panel he contributed to STC-O he crammed loads of sight gags and callbacks to previous strips).
(From STC #106 “Out of Work Hero” - Script by Lew Stringer, Pencils by Roberto Corona, Colour by Nigel Dobbyn, Lettering by Elitta Fell)
In this story, Shortfuse comes round after having been kept on emergency back-up systems after being encased in molten lava to discover Robotnik has been defeated. Amy suggests he tries a normal job instead and this is the end result.
For some reason, I find the idea of Shortfuse selling double glazing absolutely hilarious.
(From STC #106 “Zero Zone Part 1” - Script by Lew Stringer, Pencils by Andy Pritchett, Colour by John M. Burns, Lettering by Ellie de’Ville)
I’m in a “not bad art, just hilariously funny” mood today!
(From STC #82 “Changing Times” - Script by Lew Stringer, Pencils by Carl Flint, Colour by Steve White, Lettering by Elitta Fell)