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Issue 34 is the thirty-fourth edition of Sonic the Comic, the UK's official SEGA comic. Released on the 3rd September 1994, at the price of £1.15, the issue contained four original stories, one of them new, as well as several features and a free gift of a Panini Sonic Sticker Album.

Contents

Stories

Sonic the Hedgehog

Enter Knuckles is a 2-part story that introduced Knuckles the Echidna to the comic. Written by Nigel Kitching, drawn by Richard Elson and lettered by Ellie de Ville, the story sees Sonic and Tails discover that the guardian of the Floating Island is protecting Doctor Robotnik. The tyrant has convinced Knuckles that Sonic is trying to steal the Chaos Emeralds so a fight breaks out between the two. Both are evenly matched in strength. The battle ends when Tails uses the bi-plane to capture Robotnik and takes him back to Kintobor's Laboratory.

Mutant League

Bring Me The Head of Coach Brikka! is a 6-part story with contributions by Steve White, Brian Williamson, Anthony Williams and Tom Frame. Super Bowel XXIV is well under way and the Midway Monsters are still trying to retrieve the head of Coach Brikka from K.T. Slayer. Everything changes when a heavy snowfall on the pitch marks the start of the Winter Olympics, with the footballers taking part in two events. The chasing pack soon catch up to Slayer, only for their rescue to be foiled by Zalgor Prigg.

Sonic's World

No More Mr. Nice Bug is a 3-part story, the first to feature Badnik Army Repair Functionaries Cam and Bert. This final part, written by Mark Eyles, drawn by Mike Hadley, coloured by John M Burns and lettered by Elitta Fell, sees the defective Nicenik threats fight against Cam and Bert for using the Triple-S to find them. The attack is swiftly ended by a Number One Hammer and the Niceniks escape, only to be found again and destroyed. The remaining debris is combined into one new Moto Bug, but they haven't stopped the virus altogether...

Decap Attack

Who Killed Chuck? is the second series of Decap Attack to be written by Kitching with lettering from Steve Potter. Castle Frank N. Stein is typically awash with fighting between Chuck D. Head and Igor, but it's put on hold when Professor Frank N. Stein decides to subject Chuck to the Shrink-O-Tron. Before the mad scientist can cut the monster's head open with a chainsaw, local police officer Detective Case pays a visit to the castle, searching for a missing person.

Features

The Control Zone, hosted by Megadroid, introduces old and new Boomers to this issue's stories and features. Megadroid begins by thanking people for continuing to buy the comic after a 5p price hike, but states that this issue's free gift should make up for it. There'll also be a free gift in every issue until the end of the year. A 'coming soon section looks forward to the new series of Tails, Eternal Champions, Streets of Rage and Shinobi. This week's Sega Charts show that FIFA International Soccer now holds top spot in both Mega Drive and Mega-CD charts. Jungle Book and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 move up to the head of the Master System and Game Gear lists repsectively.

Vincent Low and Steve May take control of this issue's Review Zone, with May awarding Mario Andretti Racing 85% and Low going to the other end of the spectrum with a 55% for Daffy Duck in Hollywood. Low also reviewed the Game Gear iteration of Sonic Spinball, giving it 80%.

The News Zone leads with news on Virgin Interactive's forthcoming game The Lion King, as well as Rise of the Robots from Mirage. Information on the Street Fighter movie is revealed, including the stars of the film and the expected release date. Short Bursts celebrates Asterix's 65th birthday, a Jurassic Park special edition, Mega-CD interactive movies, Looney Tunes offerings and the new game based on Casper.

A special feature appears only this issue, based on the versions of STC in other European countries. STC Invades Europe! introduces UK readers to France's Sonic Mag, the Netherlands' Sonic Magazine, Italy's Sonic Videogame & Fumetti and Germany's Sonic der Comic. Photo Zone makes another appearance, awarding Boomers posing with their mechandise a Sonic 2 Badge. Q Zone, presented by Vincent Low, is a Sonic Solved special, covering the first three Zones of Sonic the Hedgehog 3.

Finally, Megadroid answers letters in Speedlines, ranging from requests for a Robot to the Rescue strip, a query about a lack of snooker games and a complaint about Skull from Pirate S.T.C. who told readers to drink shampoo. Letter writers, as well as the artists behind Sonic and Chuck D. Head, all received a Tomy Sonic the Hedgehog Water Fun Game.

Staff

Trivia

  • Deborah Tate acted as "assistant editor" for the last time this issue, before becoming temporary "co-editor" next issue.
  • The Control Zone introduces Shinobi characters the Four Elements, asking if readers remembered them from their first story, The Fear Pavilion. They actually received a much more prominent in previous adventure The Art of War.
  • One of the News Zone screenshots for Street Fighter is from Streets of Rage 2. It isn't clear whether newshound Garry Penn mistook Blaze Fielding for a Street Fighter character, although the enemy with a whip bears a small resemblance to Chun-Li.

Timeline

The previous issue of Sonic the Comic was Issue 33. The next is Issue 35.

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