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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 17 is the seventeenth issue of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics.

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Gorilla Warfare/The Apes of Wrath

Robotnik travels to Skoal Island and finds one of his original bots: King Gong, a giant, 800 ton gorilla! He then sends the big ape to Mobotropolis to attack Sonic and the Freedom Fighters! But it seems that King Gong's interests lay instead with Sally...

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Tails is lying in a bed as someone outside the panel says "Say Goodnight, Tails!" and Tails responds by saying "Goodnight Tails!"

Gorilla Warfare or The Apes of Wrath


Part I

Sonic plays ping-pong by himself and the other Freedom Fighters wait for their turn to play. Sonic says he would be having more fun battling Robotnik, who hasn't been active lately. Meanwhile, Robotnik arrives on a tropical island with a hunting party composed of Snively and several robots. After discovering a massive footprint, Robotnik explains the goal of their quest: to find his first robotic creation. He made a massive robot for his thesis, but when lightning brought his creation to life, the robot ran away, leaving Robotnik and eventually disappearing.

Sinvely asks how he knows his robot his here. Robotnik explains he saw signs it was here via satellite photos, among other signs. The robot, 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.

Part II

King Gong falls for Sally.

Back in Knothole, the Freedom Fighters set out for a picnic, unaware that Robotnik has shipped his "son" to Robotropolis. Crabmeat wonders if they will be eaten when they run out of bananas. Robotnik dismisses this, saying with proper care and feeding, the bot will do anything they ask him to. The doctor dispatches King Gong to attack Sonic, breaking a wall on his way out. King Gong attacks the picnic, sending Sonic, Tails, and Antonie into a panic. Sally, irritated, complains to the robot about his antics. Instead of driving the beast off, Sally inadvertently attracts its romantic interest. King Gong flicks Sonic away, grabs Sally, and heads for Robotropolis. Sonic finds Tails and Antoine, hiding from the big metal ape. The run off the Winged Victory to save Sally.

Snively sees King Gong climb to the top of the Tras-Mobian Trade Center and tells his uncle. Robotnik grabs his goggles and sees his robot up there with Sally. Sally is impressed by the sunset and King Gong's gesture, but insists she already has a boyfriend. Sonic arrives with Antonie poiliting the Winged Victory and Tails on a wing. Sonic tries to Sonic Spin through the robot, but bounces off. Antonie catches Sonic with the Biplane before he falls to the earth. Sonic comes up with a new strategy and sends Tails to rescue Sally. With Sally safe, Sonic sprays banana oil on the tower, sending King Gong plummeting to the streets below, resulting in his destruction. As Robotnik mourns his fallen "son", Sonic admits he understands why King Gong went after Sally, given his own interest in her.






  • This story, along the featured robot's name, is a parody of King Kong.
    • The credits are themed around King Kong.
  • The story's alternative title is a reference to the book The Grapes of Wrath.
  • King Gong's origin is similar to Frankenstein's monster.
  • Tails is seen without gloves on in several panels in the story.
  • The colors on page 14 are not shaded.

First Star I See Tonight! - Princess Sally's Crusade Part 1

  • Writer: Mike Kanterovich and Ken Penders
  • Pencils: Art Mawhinney
  • Inks: Jon D'Agostino


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 Maximillian Acorn. The happy memories don't last, as thoughts of Robotnik's take over and her father's disappearance come to mind. Sally starts crying, wishing she could have a magic wand to wipe her problems away and how much she misses her father.

Suddenly, an object falls out of the sky and crashing to the earth in the distance, prompting Sally and the other Freedom Fighters to investigate. Upon reaching the crash site, they discover a mysteriously glowing orb that is cold to the touch. Rotor and Sally are puzzled at what it could be, but the princess thinks it may be the answer to her dilemma.





  • Sally recalls Robonik's takeover of the Kingdom of Acorn, first explained in Sonic the Hedgehog #0, "Oh No--Robo! No Mo' Mobo!".


  • This story is the first appearance of King Max. Although he was mentioned before, this was the first time he appeared in an issue, although it was only for one panel and he had no dialogue.
  • This is the first story which fully focuses on a character other than Sonic.
    • This is also the first story to have a serious tone throughout.


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