Hey I haven't loaded up anything Sonic related in some time and I just stumbled across this today.
I initially struggled to come up with an exciting concept for this cover, and kept trying to rack my brain to make a trial exciting looking before my good friend and artistic rival Ben Dewey of Tragedy series
fame started suggesting joke ideas to me. He doodled up some silly looking giant Sonic sticking his tongue out and waving the scales of Justice around and it suddenly clicked. I don't think I scanned his doodle but I should have. The main thing you need to know is that he occasionally draws Sonic for my amusement and in every drawing he is always sticking his tongue out.
In Sonic... 223 (I think), I penciled a scene where Geoffrey says something about Hershey being dead and it was still unresolved by the time this cover came around (and may still be unresolved?) so I had her prominently displayed to push that button.