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Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog 252 cover by BenBates Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog 252 cover by BenBates
Wow, man it looks like I did this back in April and it should be coming out soon. It feels so long ago and like this comic has come and gone.
I was excited to mark a new beginning in the comics history. We're just about to move into a period where the comic can cast off a lot of unnecessary weight and redefine itself! I couldn't be more happy about it.

I wanted to make this one simple and easy to identify. That way in a line up of all the covers, BAM, here's the moment it shifted and took off. In retrospect it helps because the next four covers are a big connected spread of chaos with Sonic bouncing all over. Momentum! Speed!
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ryansweeney85 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
I just wanted you to know how much I loved this piece. It's perfect, which is why this happened:…
(Apologies I didn't ask your permission beforehand, but I only just tracked down the image source and tracked you down as the artist. Hope you like it)
luigisister Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome ^~^
HeartinaThePony Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bluerosethehedgehog Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I like your style :)
Dark-Coco Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
I love that pose. :)
busymodeler Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
love the sonic cover very dynamic
ShadowEspioFan1 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Artist
My favorite Ben Bates cover Ever!!!:D
sonicFI Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is the best!!
Tiara-C Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

One of my favourite cover arts so far. Love the dynamics alot~ awesome work!

:heart: & :+fav:

ShadowEspioFan1 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Artist
My favorite cover from you you are awesome Ben that's all i have to say:)
deathdog123 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is the best!!!
OggyIgel Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This? This is just an awesome cover all around. It really captures his attitude wonderfully. :D
Shikerii Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Zon-Zalzzabar Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
This is an awesome cover!
Writer-CW2 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013

Please, Ben, tell me that things are going to stay like this from now on. I'd hate to have Sonic go back to the old world where things have gone so awry. I know that not all of the characters of the old Mobius / Earth will be returning in this new one, and I will miss some like Knuckles' family, but I'm sure it's a necessary sacrifice given the recent Penders Lawsuit, and give the comic a fresh new start despite its numbering. Sadly, I hear some fans don't appreciate the changes, are you and Ian concerned about it? Then again, given how most fans have fussed over the games, it probably comes as no big surprise.


There's so many questions I want to ask you guys about the new continuity too, like, did Tails' Parent ever get trapped in space or have they always been around (assuming they haven't been written out of the comic)? Did the Great War ever break out? Has the Special Zone always existed in its current form (if it or its predecessor, the Zone of Silence even existed at all)? Is Roboticization still an issue (if not, thank God)? Will Eggman's "memories" of the altered reality eventually manifest? What about Scourge and the Destructix, or the Council of Acorn (if either's even relevant anymore)? Sorry about all that, I'm just really anxious to dive into the new Sonic comics.


P.S. Let Eggman and Naugus have their just desserts in this new world they're no longer in control of (or at least not as much), O.K.?

MythTheWolf Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
SonicSailorKeyblade Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just got it today!!! Neeeeeeeeeeeee :la: choir :la: choir Nobu and Buno Choirla Super sonic icon Super Sonic idle style1b The story is totally way past coolio and AWESUZ 2 DA MAX!!!! Blew my MinD out of the hat!! >~< ^*^
Sorain26 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I loveeeeeeee this cover!!!! You did an amazing job.
MagicDetective Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Next Saga: The Aftershock Saga!

Worlds Collide may be over, but the troubles are far from over. Due to Eggman interfering with Sonic trying to get home, a whole new reality was created! Now Sonic must find the scattered Freedom Fighters and restored everything back to normal before things get hairy! But what does this new reality hold?
akumaqi Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
Woah! Such great effects for the impact!
TruBluePKMNMaster Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
This is my all time favorite cover of any Sonic issue! Do you sell prints of this by chance?
AuroraTrust Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
this is so amazing! :wow: I can't believe how much energy and epicness this picture have! :dance: >W< beautiful colouring and great pose and expression! :wow: 
tazio99 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is my favorite of all freaking sonic drawings! 
tazio99 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you are the god of all sonic drawings your art in worlds collide was increadible!!!!!!!!!
InfinityAlex Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Incidentally, this is my first comic (I've been keeping up with the comics, though ;)). I love the cover art you did for this. I'm actually hoping to come and work in the Sonic comics department at Archie one day. Do you have any tips for me?
YL-17 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG!! is really awesome *O*!!!! :heart:
SQuietSonamy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah! Such great effects for the impact! C: It looks so lively and exciting at the same time ;D
SilverZeo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist
This picture TOTALLY embodies the rocking tune of "His World!"
ProjectZuel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really lovely cover. It does give an immediate sense of new beginnings from the fact that Sonic takes up the cover by himself and also the grass which has that Greenhill vibe to it The colouring is really impressive and I love how some areas blend into the inks to give the impression of tint while there's also some careful speed lines going on to give impact to Sonic's landing.

Impressive for a cover that is essentially a one character pin-up.
PhillyBlue Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sally is supposed to return in this comic. CAN'T WAIT! XD
Myly14 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING ART 0v0 <3333
YL-17 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yush!! :iconheplz: :heart:
studiogdm Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
RageVX Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really really really love this. When I first saw it, it just popped right out. Also I am guessing he is performing the Stomp attack from the game, since I notice him doing alot of Game related moves in the covers (from 252 and onward).
Lauretta-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing ! O____O :heart:
The pose, the coloring, the water-splash-effects ...... all this is just .... EPIC
I :heart: it >w<
Lewanut Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
"Cast of a lot of unnecessary weight"? Ah, so that's why I've been seeing some "u mad" around the internet. Still, this is a really dope cover. I didn't know you were that good a colorist. I did know you were that good a line artist, but that's just because of how much of your line art I've already seen.
Lewanut Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Speedy375 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! I can't wait for it!
MiguelAntoo Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A way past cool cover!
CatbeeCache Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A good welcome to a new era. I really enjoy the sketchy style of this, as it gives it a much more 'kinetic' feel. Also, am I seeing things or have you begun drawing pupils larger/wider these days? I could swear I remember you having more narrow eyes...
SamCyberCat Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
This is the perfect cover for the start of the new era and the sheer energy of the image alone is enough to get me hyped for what's coming up. I mean, I was excited already, but this picture was the ideal cover to amplify that excitement even more, so great work!
MiniSteveK Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Just...WOW! It is beyond epic and I love it so much.
ChaosCreator42 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

After going through all 12 intensely awesome covers of the MegaMan Sonic crossover, I thought that the awesome covers were done for a while.






This has got to be my favorite cover you've ever done, possibly with the exeption of Sonic 221.


Nah, this is my fav. Great work Mr. Bates!

mooncalfe Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Professional
oh man, very cool!!! so dynamic.
DC111 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my. :wow:
Sonicisbacktorun Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MasterGraveheart Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Nice pin-up cover, but may I ask something?  A lot of the covers seem to be going for the pin-up style.  Is that an editorial mandate so Sonic and/or the key supporting character is always in the forefront or is it just a preferred style among cover artists?
BenBates Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional
I don't believe there's any mandate to create a pin-up, at least not one that's ever been explicitly stated to me. I think the goal for a lot of artists is to make an iconic image, something that grabs the viewers attention quickly. 

When I start thinking about comic covers, or movie posters, or videogames,  I'm kind of hard pressed to think of any image that wouldn't qualify as a pin-up image though. I think at the core of creating a single image to represent a story, even if you use mulitiple elements of the story, or a billion characters, or a character standing in an elaborate environment, or no character and just an environment, or a montage of characters, scenes, and evironments, the artist is still creating a cohesive piece to be read as a single image initially. I think its unavoidable to create a successful cover that isn't a pin-up.
Now unless you're asking whether Sonic has to be prominently featured on the cover in a key position, then yes, that is a mandate. 
MasterGraveheart Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
That's cool, it's just something I was curious about.  I knew Sonic /had/ to be on the image in some capacity, but that wasn't my concern.  I think there've only ever been, what, two, maybe three covers of the main Sonic series that didn't have Sonic on it short of the corner box?  While I am more partial to a nifty action shot-style cover, I certainly don't have anything against the pin-up-esque-style covers, and I definitely understand your reasoning and explanations.  Thanks!
ButtOonZ Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student General Artist

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YOU DONE THAT COVER?!?!?!!?!?!!? OH MY GAWD ! :happybounce: 


YOUR AWESOME ! I fell in love with this when I seen it preview on the back on issue 250 COUNTDOWN TO CHAOS !!! CURSE YOU! 


SO SO excited to see how it all unrolls!!


this is epic!!

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