Sonic the Hedgehog’s long-running comic book series is coming to an end. Sega of America announced today, via the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account, that it’s ending its partnership with comics publisher Archie Comics after 24 years and hundreds of issues.
Here’s Sega’s statement in full:
After 24 years of memorable storytelling, SEGA of America will conclude their Sonic the Hedgehog publishing partnership program with Archie Comics. 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 forward to providing more information soon.
The cancellation of Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog comics likely won’t come as a surprise to longtime fans. Archie removed Sonic’s comic book line from its list of subscriptions earlier this year and replaced its Free Comic Book Day offering featuring Sonic the Hedgehog with a different title. Other Archie titles, including Sonic Universe, Sonic Super Digest and Sonic Super Special Magazine, were also removed from the comic book publisher’s slate.
Sonic the Hedgehog’s comic book series launched in 1993. After more than 290 issues, it was the longest-running monthly American comic to never be relaunched. For more on Sonic’s comic book adventures, read Polygon’s feature.