Sega of America has terminated Archie Comics’ license to produce comic books based on its Sonic the Hedgehog.
“After 24 years of memorable storytelling, SEGA of America will conclude their Sonic the Hedgehog publishing partnership with Archie Comics,” stated a statement from SEGA. “This does not mark the end of Sonic in comics, but signifies SEGA of America’s decision to take a different direction for the series that will be announced at a later date. SEGA would like to thank Sonic’s amazing fans for their loyalty and passion over all the years. SEGA looks foward to providing more information soon.”
First launched in 1992, Archie produced over 280 issues of a Sonic the Hedgehog series as well as various spin-offs. In January 2017, the publisher abruptly cancelled all solicited Sonic-related titles (as well as a planned 2017 Free Comic Book Day title) and did not solicit any since.
When reached for comment earlier this month, an Archie Comics representative told Newsarama that communication with Sega was still ongoing to resume publishing of the titles.