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Sonic the Hedgehog #8
Sonic The Heghehog -8
The Front Cover
Publication Details
Issue 8
Date
  • December 1993 (Release date)
  • March 1994 (Cover date)
Publisher

Archie Comics

Cover price
  • $1.25 (US)
  • $1.50 (US)
Production Staff
Writer

Mike Gallagher

Cover Artist
  • Dave Manak
  • Jon D'Agostino
Pencils

Dave Manak

Inks

Jon D'Agostino

Letters

Bill Yoshida

Colors

Barry Grossman

Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
  • Paul Castiglia
Editor-in-Chief

Richard Goldwater

First Appearances
Characters
  • Botman
  • Wolvurkel
  • Spawnmower
  • Magbot
  • Captain Marbot
  • Mighty Bot

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 8 is the eighth issue of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics.

Official Solicitation

Bot's All Folks

When Crabmeat is caught reading Sonic The Hedgehog comics, Doc Robotnik becomes inspired to build super-powered robots to attack Sonic!

Summary

Bot's All Folks!

Part One

Dr. Robotnik is reading a pollution index form when a Swatbot enters holding Crabmeat and, against Robotnik's rules, a number of his Sonic the Hedgehog comic books. As punishment, Robotnik takes Crabmeat to the spare part separator. In desperation, Crabmeat states that he had the comic books to help Robotnik and thought that he could use super-powered robots to destroy Sonic and the others. The Swatbot, eager to see Crabmeat separated, urges Robotnik to throw it in. Robotnik then realizes that with Crabmeat's idea, he would need many spare parts, so he throws both Crabmeat and the Swatbot into the machine. A few days later, on the edge of the Great Forest, Robotnik and a Swatbot are commemorating the start of a new toxic dump. Before he can complete his speech, Sonic rushes in and knocks Robotnik over. While Sonic gloats, Robotnik brings out a flashlight and shines a Robotnik signal into the air to bring some needed help: Botman, a humanoid caped robot. It drops down from the sky and kicks Sonic aside. Sonic rushes at Botman at super speed, only to be reflected by the armor of its stomach. As Sonic quivers on the ground in defeat, Robotnik walks over and gloats himself, with a Swatbot taping the whole thing. Sonic, meanwhile, gets up and enters into a spindash, having played possum, and jumps at Botman. The two fight, only to have Botman triumph, standing over a down-and-out Sonic, with the rest of the Knothole Freedom Fighters watching on TV.

Part Two

As Robotnik celebrates, Crabmeat discovers a pile of robot parts nearby. Robotnik walks over and notices they are the parts he used to build Botman. Suddenly, the other Botman topples over and breaks apart, since he was pushed by Sonic. During the earlier fight, he took the husk of Botman and posed him to drive Robotnik nuts. Robotnik reacts in anger, but has another trick up his sleeve. He brings out Crabmeat's box of comic books for inspiration. A truck arrives. In it is another super-powered robot Robotnik ordered. He shows Sonic an issue of Wolverine as a Swatbot opens the truck, revealing an order mistake: the Wolvurkel bot. A Steve Urkel-look alike dances out of the truck  and causes Sonic to laugh. As Robotnik crushes Crabmeat in anger, Sonic looks at the bot and thinks it sounds familiar. Meanwhile, Robotnik goes through the comic books to find more inspiration. From the other side of the Great Forest, the Spawnmower (based on Spawn) appears. It starts cutting down the Great Forest with ease. However, the Spawnmower stops every few frames to pose for the viewers, so Sonic takes this opportunity yank its wires and shut it down. He then pushes it off a cliff and destroys it. Robotnik sends out yet another robot, the Magbot (based on Magnus the Sorcerer), the Freedom Fighter Fighter, a valiant bot. Sonic takes it down with ease. Another robot is sent out, Captain Marbot (based on Captain Marvel), a caped hero. Sonic destroys it as well. A tired Robotnik sends out his last robot, a muscular caped rat called Mighty 'Bot (based on Mighty Mouse). Like the others, Sonic destroys it. A top a huge pile of scrap robot parts, Sonic states he's going to smash Robotnik, only to slip on a puddle of oil on the ground. Robotnik uses this opportunity to run away. On the ground, Sonic reads a comic book and realizes that the bad guy always gets away at the end. In Knothole Village, the Freedom Fighters toast Sonic for a job well done.

A Little Sonic Goes a Long Way

Part One

One day, Sonic is playing his guitar for his friends with no care about one of Robotnik's rules: No Music. Dr. Robotnik hears the music from Sonic's guitar and screams in fury, as he had outlawed all music. Then, he is confronted by his lackey Snively. Snively explains that he invented a shrinking device to eliminate the Freedom Fighters. Robotnik decides to use the shrinking device on them, but threatens to use it on Snively once he starts humming along with Sonic's music.

After Sonic plays guitar for his friends, he takes them to the old Mobius Concert Hall, where they can form a band. Everyone is excited about Sonic's plan, but before they can reach the orchestra pit, they are all shrunk by Robotnik's device. Robotnik appears in front of them with a huge vacuum-like Roboticizer and chases after them.

Part Two

Sonic is chased by Robotnik, but manages to outrun him in his tiny size. Sonic clogs up Robotnik's machine with old concert programs and takes his friends out of Robotnik's sight. Suddenly, Sonic jumps out in front of Robotnik, who chases after him, but breaks his machine after falling into the orchestra pit.

Sonic thinks he has won, until Robotnik sucks him up in a hand-held vacuum cleaner. Robotnik almost kills Sonic, until his friends shoot several violin strings at Robotnik and infuriate him. He tries to kill them, but they grow back to their normal size, because the shrinking effect only lasts an hour, and so does Sonic, breaking out of the hand-held vacuum.

Robotnik calls out an army of robots, but is scared off when Sonic and his pals play loud, brash music. While the Badniks are still on there way, Rotor explains to Sonic that he can use Robotnik's shrinking device (which he left behind) to shrink the robots. They do so and send them back to Robotropolis, while Robotnik rages at another defeat.

Key Events

  • Sonic defeats all of Robotnik's comic based Badniks.

Other Features

Sonic the Hedgehog Pin-Up

A pin-up of Sonic the Hedgehog at the bowling alley, having missed one pin.

Sonic-Grams

Gallery

Trivia

  • This is the first issue in the series not to have a featurette.
  • In "Bot's All Folks", the second robot Robotnik reveals is a "Wulvurkel" robot, based on Steve Urkel. Steve Urkel is a character played by Jaleel White, the voice actor for Sonic in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, SatAM, and Sonic Underground.
  • Most of the other homages are obvious:
    • Botman - Batman
    • Spawnmower - Spawn
    • Magbot - Magnus the Sorcerer
    • Captain Marbot - Captain Marvel
    • Mighty Bot - Mighty Mouse
  • This issue marks the first regular appearance of Snively, not counting his guest role in StH: #6. His outfit is all white in this issue only.
  • In "A Little Sonic Goes a Long Way", Bunnie claims she can play the saxophone and the cymbals. When Rotor asks why, she answers: "'Cause ah'm the sax-cymbal of this team, sugah!"
  • One of the notes in the Sonic Grams segment mistakenly mentions that Sonic Spinball was released on Mega CD.

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