Sonic the Hedgehog has apparently grabbed his last gold ring at Archie Comics.
Archie Comics hasn’t commented, and notably didn’t rebroadcast Sega’s social media messages. So it looks like the final issue from Archie was December’s #290. Issue #291 — which would have been part four of the “Genesis of a Hero” arc — was solicited, then canceled in April, along with several other Sonic comics. And the intended Sonic Free Comic Book Day issue was replaced with a Riverdale comic that tied into the CW show.
Sonic debuted at Archie Comics back in 1992 as a miniseries, which was followed by an ongoing series that lasted 290 issues — it’s recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running comic series based on a video game. Archie also published several spinoff titles over the years, including the anime inspired Sonic X and crossovers with Mega Man. The comic built up a pretty elaborate back story that was eventually rebooted — and built up again.