Sonic The Hedgehog (comics)
Sonic the Hedgehog is an ongoing series of American comic books published by Archie Comics, featuring Sega's mascot video game character of the same name. The comic debuted in the US as a 4 part mini-series, published between November 1992 and February 1993. The ongoing series began in May 1993, and as of October 2012, there have been 242 issues.
In September 2005, with the publishing of issue #156, Sonic the Hedgehog became the second longest running licensed comic book. The position was previous held by the Marvel G.I. Joe comic, which ran for 155 issues between 1982-1994. Marvel's Conan the Barbarian is the only licensed comic book with a longer run, spanning 275 issues between 1970-1993. Sonic is set to overtake Conan in September 2014.
In 2008, Guinness World Records formally recognized it as the longest running comic series based on a video game.
Spin-off publications from the comic include a Knuckles the Echidna series which ran for 32 issues; Sonic X, a comic spin-off based on the cartoon of the same name, which lasted 40 issues, and Sonic Universe, a direct spin-off of the expanded universe of the original comic, which is still on-going.