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Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details


Date Published 

March 1998

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

Production Staff
Cover Artist
  • J. Freddy Gabrie
Managing Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
Editor in Chief
  • Richard Goldwater
First Appearances
Only Appearance

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 59 was the fifty-ninth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.


Story One[]

"Opposites Detract"

Sonic and Tails spot a strange glow off in the distance after landing the Winged Victory and decide to check it out. Coming across a dome of energy, Sonic deduces that it's a result of a weakened barrier between Mobius and another Zone caused by the Ultimate Annihilator. The pair is pulled into the dome and flung into a strange zone. Sonic thinks the zone is familiar and realizes where they are just as the two are blasted.

As they recover from the attack, they are unknowingly observed by two mechanical figures: Sonic's old acquaintances Verti-Cal and Horizont-Al. Al suggests that Sonic and Tails might make amusing pawns, only for Cal to reflect on the events surrounding their horrific transformation. Previously, they had lived peacefully in their zone together, and had even encountered Sonic in the past. Sadly, the Ultimate Annihilator's effects had ravaged their zone, reducing it to less than atoms and nearly destroying Al and Cal as well.

However, the pair survived and reconstituted themselves in their new forms as their Zone recovered, but their previous friendship had been utterly dashed. Blaming each other for what had happened, they had initiated a war for control of their home, which the two then began to continue before remembering their decision to let Sonic and Tails act as their respective pawns. The two heroes are then enveloped by the power of the two rivals, turning them into armored warriors who immediately begin fighting: Tails for Horizont-Al, and Sonic for Verti-Cal.

The pair battle ferociously as their controllers look on, and Sonic eventually gains the upper hand and prepares to finish Tails off with his Spin-Dash. Fortunately, Tails' fear helps him break free of Al's control, and his pleading helps Sonic likewise free himself from Cal's grip. Al and Cal demand to know why they are not fighting, and Sonic recognizes the pair and tries to help them see reason. The pair question how Sonic and Tails could escape their control, and the pair reply that their friendship allowed them to do so.

Sonic asks why Al and Cal aren't friends anymore. Cal is angered by Sonic's insolence, but Tails speaks up to help his friend. They try to convince Al and Cal to make amends and work together, living in peace if not friendship. The two demigods consider the idea briefly before turning on each other with their lasers, creating an explosion that throws Sonic and Tails back to Mobius. As the portal closes behind them, Tails wonders whether Al and Cal will continue to battle each other forever. Sonic, on the other hand, is more worried about where he can get himself a chili dog.

Story Two[]

Tales Of The Freedom Fighters - "The People's Princess"

A group of Freedom Fighters-including Sally Acorn, Rotor Walrus, Lupe Wolf, Hershey Cat, Erik Horse, and Hamlin Pig-go skydiving. After forming a circle, they break apart and begin deploying parachutes. When Sally lands, she finds herself greeted by an admiring young Mobian who watched her landing. She quickly meets up with Rotor, Hamlin, and Hershey, and the pair then set off in search of Lupe and Erik. They quickly find the Horse stuck up a tree, and Sally skillfully throws a knife to sever his parachute lines, allowing him to fall to the ground. They then hear Lupe howling, and are able to locate her with ease, after which they accept the youngster's invitation to dinner at his home. He then asks Sally what it's like to be a real princess, which Sally says she'll "have to get back to [him] on that one!"

Hours later, the group returns to Mobotropolis and parts ways, Sally meeting up with Rosie Woodchuck. Her old nanny offers her some hot chocolate, and Sally accepts, unaware that she is being watched on camera. Her observers are none other than her father, King Maximillian Acorn, and Geoffrey St. John, who reports to the king that his daughter has returned. The king orders Geoffrey to have Sally brought to him, as she has been avoiding him recently and he needs to speak with her.

Bonus Features[]

Pinup Pages/Activity Pages[]

Alternate Cover Art

Pinup page of the original line art for the issue's cover, depicting Sonic and Tails fighting each other. Presented in black-and-white as a coloring page. Pencils by Patrick Spaziante, inks by Harvey Mercadoocasio.


  • Verti-Cal: "Friends again?..."
  • Horizont-Al: "Like it used to be?..."
  • Al & Cal: "NAAAAAAAH!"

Key Events[]

  • Sonic and Tails are brainwashed into fighting by the corrupted Vertic-Al and Horizont-Al.
  • Sonic and Tails break free and are thrown from the zone as its portal collapses.
  • Sally goes skydiving with other Freedom Fighters, before arriving home and being summoned to meet her father.

Background Information[]

Cameos & References[]

  • This issue's cover art shows Al and Cal fighting over a Sega Saturn. A Sonic Jam game disc can be seen popping out of the top, and a Sonic R game case is floating in the right hand corner.

Reprint History[]

This issue has been reprinted in the following places:

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