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Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details


Date Published 

September 1994

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

Production Staff
Cover Artist
  • Scott Fulop
Managing Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
Editor in Chief
  • Richard Goldwater
First Appearances
Only Appearance

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 17 was the seventeenth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.


Story One[]

"Gorilla Warfare"-or-"The Apes of Wrath" - Part One

As the Freedom Fighters puzzle over Dr. Robotnik's lack of activity recently, Robotnik arrives on Skoal Island with a hunting party comprised of Snively and several robots. After discovering a massive footprint, Robotnik tells the story of their quarry: his first robotic creation. After being activated, it revolted, leaving Robotnik and making its way to the island. The creature, revealed as King Gong, then makes its appearance to the hunting party. After appeasing the hungry machine with bananas, Robotnik reveals his intentions to use King Gong to destroy Sonic and the Freedom Fighters.

"Gorilla Warfare"-or-"The Apes of Wrath" - Part Two

Back in Knothole, the Freedom Fighters set out for a picnic, unaware that Robotnik has shipped his "son" to Robotropolis. Dispatched to attack Sonic, King Gong attacks the picnic, only to be challenged by an irritated Sally. However, instead of driving the beast off, Sally inadvertently attracts its romantic interest. Dispatching Sonic, King Gong grabs Sally and heads for Robotropolis, forcing the Freedom Fighters to ready their biplane.

King Gong climbs to the top of Robotropolis' highest building, where he attempts to woo Sally by showing her the sunset. Sonic and the other Freedom Fighters arrive, and after freeing Sally they send King Gong plummeting by spraying him with banana oil, causing him to slip and fall to the streets below, resulting in his destruction. As Robotnik mourns his fallen "son", Sonic admits that he understands why King Gong went after Sally and he feels the same way.

Story Two[]

"Sally's Crusade - Part One: First Star I See Tonight"

Alone at night, Sally picks petals off a flower in "he loves me, he loves me not" fashion. Discouraged, she thinks back on her happy childhood with Sonic and her father, King Acorn. The happy memories don't last, as thoughts of Robotnik's take over and her father's disappearance come to mind. Quite suddenly, an object falls out of the sky and lands heavily in the distance, prompting Sally and the other Freedom Fighters to investigate. Upon reaching the crash site, they discover a mysteriously glowing orb, which Sally thinks may be the answer to her dilemma.


  • Robotnik: "*sigh* I lose more walls that way, home improvement shop here I come...again!"

Key Events[]

  • Robotnik's first robotic creation, King Gong, is revealed and destroyed.
  • NICOLE, though unseen, arrives on Mobius Prime.

Background Information[]

  • This issue marked the first visible appearance of King Acorn.

Cameos & References[]

  • This issue's first story is a parody of King Kong

Reprint History[]

This issue has been reprinted in the following places:

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