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Sonic the Hedgehog has been the subject of many spin-offs in printed media, such as books and comics.

Comic books

Several comic books have been released, each establishing a different storyline about Sonic.

Sonic fan-made dōjinshi made by a variety of artists (including Rikdo Koshi) have also been released in Japan. In the UK there was also a short lived Sunday comic strip and a series of Christmas annuals. Whilst there were some slight connections (such as both projects occasionally using regular Sonic the Comic artists Richard Elson), the three projects appeared strongly to be separate from one another with the Sunday comic and annuals preferring self contained gag strips over Sonic the Comic's continuing plot lines and maturer stance.


James Wallis, Carl Sargent and Marc Gascoigne (writing under the pseudonym Martin Adams) wrote four Sonic the Hedgehog novels based on his origin established in Stay Sonic. They were published in the UK by Virgin Publishing.

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog in Robotnik's Laboratory 1993 - Sonic tries to rescue his friends from the eponymous lab.
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog in the Fourth Dimension 1993 - Sonic and Tails try to prevent Robotnik from altering history, encountering the Organisers - human scientists who maintain the laws of Time and Space - and helping them against the mythos creatures, paramilitary mythological creatures who are trying to exist in reality. Sonic briefly altered history so Robotnik was never formed, but had to change it back to stop the mythos creatures altering the Big Bang.
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog and the Silicon Warriors 1993 - Robotnik imprisons Mobians inside a vast computer system, forcing Sonic and Tails to battle thinly-veiled versions of other computer game characters (Road Warriors II). It featured many puns and frequent breachings of the fourth wall, with Sonic directly talking to the reader on several ocassions.
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog in Castle Robotnik 1994 - Robotnik creates a robotic duplicate of Sonic and situates himself in a classic horror movie villain castle, protected by likewise common horror movie creatures.

Michael Teitelbaum wrote a series of Sonic novels based on the backstory of Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) and the Archie Comics continuity. They were published in the US by Troll Associates.

A series of Sonic X novels were published by Grosset & Dunlap.

Picture books

Ladybird published a series of picture books in the UK in 1994.

In the US, the first Troll Associates book by Michael Teitenbaum was adapted into a picture book published by Watermill Press. The picture book was written by by Judy Nayer and illustrated by Ron Zalme.

Three books, written by John Michlig and illustrated by Art Mawhinney, were published by Golden Books Entertainment under their "Look Look Books" banner. Originally available through Scholastic book clubs, these books have sold a combined total of over half a million copies worldwide. While the two who worked on the books never met, Michlig later praised the way Mawhinney drew out his scripts.[2]

Golden Book published another book under their "Big Golden Book" banner, this time written by Parker Smith and illustrated by Penry Creative.


A series of six Sonic Adventure Gamebooks were published in the UK between 1993 and 1996 by Penguin Books under the Fantail label.

Another series, also called Sonic the Hedgehog Adventure Gamebooks but published by Ladybird, were released in the UK in 1994.


Other books published by Ladybird include:

Other books published by Troll Associates include:

Two yearbooks were published by Grandreams Limited. These featured one-shot comics normally involving Sonic foiling Dr Robotnik's plans (but included one Shinobi comic), Sega game reviews and other novelty Sonic and Sega-related features such as an "interview with Sonic".

Other books featuring Sonic include:


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Sonic the Hedgehog in other media