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Ken Penders is the former main writer/artist for the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics. He first worked on Sonic the Hedgehog #11 and continued working on the book until Sonic the Hedgehog #159 where upon he was succeeded as the primary writer for the series by Ian Flynn. Penders is known for creating many of the characters that were part of Archie Sonic comics in the pre-Super Genesis Wave timeline.

Archie Comics lawsuit

Archie Comics filed a lawsuit against Penders in the fall of 2010 in an attempt to retain their copyright holdings of his characters and concepts after Penders announced ownership.[1] Since the comic is a licensed book, everything created, including characters, belong to SEGA. Archie originally claimed Penders had signed a "Work for Hire" contract which would mean everything Penders created would belong to SEGA. However, when Archie failed to produce the contract from Penders' time of work at the company the lawsuit lead to a settlement and ended on June 26, 2013.[2] As a result of the settlement, Penders has taken several Archie characters that he created, such as Lien-Da, Julie-Su, Lara-Su and Dimitri, for his new series, The Lara-Su Chronicles.  The lawsuit led to massive storyline changes, a large number of characters being removed and a soft reboot of the comic, much to the dismay of many fans.[3]

SEGA/EA lawsuit

In 2011 Penders filed a lawsuit against Sega and EA Games for alleged copyright infringement in the video game Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood.[2] The lawsuit ended in stalemate when the case was dismissed for the second time and upheld in court in October 2013.[4]  Due to the Statute of Limitations, Penders will not be able to file again unless characters and concepts from Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood are used in the future.

Drawing career

Penders is the creator of many of the comic exclusive characters that once populated the series before his lawsuit with Archie Comics. He also designed the cover art to the Sonic the Hedgehog full series DVD box set.


  1. Tristan Oliver (1 December 2010). Archie Comics Files Federal Lawsuit Against Ken Penders. TSSZ News. Retrieved on 18 August 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Retrieved on 18 August 2014
  3. Ian Flynn on Twitter. Twitter (2014 January 20). Retrieved on 18 August 2014. “Errol Leslie: Question, you said you cannot discuss the Penders characters until AFTER the Lost World adaption, right? / Ian Flynn: I've been asked not to comment on the specifics of the cut content - ever. / Errol Leslie: So by saying "cut content" you mean they're NEVER coming back or you cannot discuss that either? / Ian Flynn: 99.9% likely never to return. There are ways, but I don't think they're remotely possible.”
  4. Retrieved on 18 August 2014
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  • Anyone miss Ken Penders?

    6 messages
    • I do hope for the best but I can never really feel that close connection to the comics again. It will be a while but hopefully I'll eventua...
    • It's understandable that feeling because it's a clean slate through dirty means. The only "hope" I can let you in on is when Archie SOnic com...
  • Second Ken Zpenders lawsuit possibly incoming

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    • Mystic Monkey wrote: I think the butt-hurt is that Ken Penders pretty much threw a wrench in Archie comics works and almost single handedly too...
    • SonicStorm478 wrote: Is there a chance that Penders or his legal team made sure to have the contract disappear? This all seems awfully fishy...

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