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Deborah Tate was the longest-serving editor for the British series Sonic the Comic. She joined the comic in issue #8, as assistant director under Richard Burton. When Richard Burton was promoted to managing editor in issue #35, Tate became co-editor, and then she became editor full-time beginning in issue #39. From issue #65, Burton progressively took a back seat, until his role was changed to consultant from issue #74 and he ceased to be credited from issue #110. Deborah Tate remained the comic's editor until Sonic the Comic #168, after which she was replaced by Andy Diggle.
During Deborah Tate's tenure as editor, the series was hugely successful in the UK. She claimed later that she believed the series had more life left in it, but by the time she left executive mandate by the publishers Egmont Fleetway had reduced the number of pages in each issue, devoted three of four stories to reprinted material, and removed almost all of the non-comic material.
Deborah Tate is most famous for her insistence that Amy Rose should be a positive and level headed role model for girls, her preference for shorter stories instead of multi-parters, and her disagreements with writer Nigel Kitching that eventually led to Nigel being dropped from the comic (although he was later re-hired by Andy Diggle).