Sonic the Comic 223
From Sonic Retro
| Sonic the Comic #223|
"Sonic the Comic 223"
|Release date: 2002-01-09|
|Country: United Kingdom|
|Free gift: Compass watch|
|Managing editor: Steve MacManus|
|Cover artist: Richard Elson|
|← Previous issue|
This is the final issue of STC, marked by a two-page editorial by Nigel Kitching that talks about the history of his work, which was initially set to appear in issue #200. The editorial also covers his first stories including the Sonic CD and Sonic 3 & Knuckles story arcs, as well as post-#100 creations like the Drakon Empire and the death of Johnny Lightfoot.
Like all issues since #184, there are no new stories; this issue merely collates the 4-part "The Evil Empire" comic originally printed in 1997. A free compass watch was also included with the issue.
- Sonic the Hedgehog - "The Evil Empire: Part 1" (Issue #108)
- Sonic the Hedgehog - "The Evil Empire: Part 2" (Issue #109)
- Sonic the Hedgehog - "The Evil Empire: Part 3" (Issue #110)
- Sonic the Hedgehog - "The Evil Empire: Part 4" (Issue #111)
- Managing editor: Steve MacManus
- Designer: Paul Shubrook
- Product manager: Nicki Bainbridge
- Marketing assistant: Jane Ballard
A small box printed to the right of Nigel Kitching's editorial listed the majority of the staff who worked on Sonic the Comic over the years. These include:
- Editors: Richard Burton, Deborah Tate and Audrey Wong
- Designers: Clare Gillmore (spelt incorrectly as Clair Gilmour), Gary Knight, Charles Wrigley, Jason McEvoy, Paul Shubrook and Steve Cook
- Writers: Nigel Kitching, Lew Stringer, Alan McKenzie, Mark Millar and Mark Eyles
- Artists: Richard Elson, Nigel Dobbyn, Anthony Williams, Dermot Power, Mick McMahon (credited as Mike McMahon), Mike White, Jon Haward, John M. Burns, M DJ Boyann (credited as D.J. Boyann), Casanovas, Carl Flint and Roberto Corona
- Letterers: Tom Frame, Steve Potter, Ellie de'Ville (credited as Ellie De Ville), Elitta Fell and Gordon Robson
- Other: Jane Ballard and Chris Power
Although this list is extensive, not all staff members were credited. Jim Alexander missed out from the writing credits, but only penned one story. Steve White is the highest-profile artist omission and Annie Parkhouse is not listed for her single story. Several more editorial team members missed out on a place in the final issue, notably Andy Diggle.