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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 280 is the two hundred eightieth issue in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics.

Official solicitation

Sonic, Tails and Chip head to the Efrikan settlement of Mazuri to find the next set of Gaia Keys—but they’ll have to go through the tough and menacing Axel, the Egg Boss of the Efrika Egg Army, to find them! While deep in the heart of the Gaia Temple, Chip finds something incredible—but you’ll just have to wait and see what it is! Then, in “A Special Occasion,” Sally and Rotor are one girl’s only hope in a family emergency! Featuring awesome cover art by jamming Jamal Peppers and an "Altered Beast" variant by the exquisite Erik Ly!


Keys to Victory

A Special Occasion

  • Writer: Ian Flynn
  • Pencils: Jennifer Hernandez
  • Inks: Terry Austin
  • Colors: Gabriel Cassata
  • Letters: John Workman

Off Panel

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StH 280 Off Panel

Off Panel

Rotor is ready to take off from the party but Sally informs him that it is personal. He realizes that Sally only really wanted to stay for cake. Though when the cake was finally brought out, Sally gobbles it up, still stating that it was personal.


  • The variant cover is a homage to Altered Beast, a Sega game whose protagonist transforms into different humanoid beasts, including a werewolf.
  • Professor Pickle telling Otto that the Gaia Key belongs in a museum is a reference to the Indiana Jones franchise.
  • The Off Panel's first title "The Cake is a Filthy Lie" is a reference to the quote "The Cake is a Lie" from the video game Portal.


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