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Sonic the Hedgehog 231 cover by BenBates Sonic the Hedgehog 231 cover by BenBates
So about this time 231 is out for some people and will be coming out for all people very soon. I can't wait to see how this issue turned out as the last time I saw it was when I turned the pencils in months ago.
Some really cool stuff happens in this issue, I want to see it in its full color glory!

Its such a blast to get to draw Mecha Sally and I was honored to modernize her design. I think this development in the story has opened some very exciting doors and I'm looking forward to any cool stuff Mecha Sally will be doing in the future.

Tear it up Sally!
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PeanutbutterSandman Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
and then the super genesis wave came along and ruined everything.
sonicboom44 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You see sonic's face that's how I felt when saally got robotocized.
I was like NOOO! Then they revealed how she looked I was smiling as big as Eggman becuse it was so cool.
Thecutecookiecrumb Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
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why sally?
ForgottenGlowX Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
GOD mecha sally is creepy!!!Llama Emoji-07 (Hopeless or Scared) [V1] 
Mighty-C-amurai Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I got this issue!! lolz 
it came out great ^^ i have a small amount of archie sonic comics..trying to get more ^^ hope see see more from ya ^^
DanLuna Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013   General Artist
I so loved this cover.
flynn1978 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
I loved seeing that image in the stores on the comic!  GR8 work!!
AuroraTrust Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
this is freaking awesome cover! >W>Mecha Sally looks amazing and every detail and colouring are breathtaking :wow: 
BryanTheWolf Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*thumbs up*
I haven't read the sonic comics in a while because sonicSCANF has ran out of bandwidth.
Anyways, dis is cool
JJConway Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
I havent read the comic in years, but this image reminds me of the cover to #29.


When I saw that as a 9 year old, it blew my mind and I could not wait to read it.

I'm getting those feelings all over again! Kick ass cover!
BenBates Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional
Wow, hey JJ its been a billion years since you wrote me but I wanted to say I really appreciate this comment. Its great to know my work is sparking something powerfully felt in your youth! That's a major goal of mine, to tap into that place of excitement where maybe things can really be as cool as you think they're gonna be. In the case of issue 29, one of the issues I also picked up as a kid, if you were like me the interior art was an intense let down from the cover. All of its promises shattered.
Years later, for issue 231 here, I did the cover as well as the inside! So hopefully for any nine year olds excited about this cover, I upheld the promise.
sandy3697 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That is cool^^
MrRobotov Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks awesome. :)
rongs1234 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Very awesome job

So you got to do the redesign on Sally? That's awesome, i love her new design she really looks like she could fit in a Sonic game now
HeroArt110 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
i mess real sally a lot more then mech a sally that's for sure and ps epictude artwork
Gardboyz-Productions Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And lo, the children did weep.
SonicUS900 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, nice cover. ^^ Was that the mystery character before this cover is? ^^
Oh no, Sally is Robotized.
idraw17 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ooooo very nice!
AceOfSpeed94 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesomeness!!! :D
Deviant258 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
It's over Sonic there no way to save her not this time
AquaticSun Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yea, her hot furry bod has already been turned to cold steel. :( sorry sonic archie got to her before you could.
Deviant258 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Something tell me that Sally will be that way for a long time or maybe forever
AquaticSun Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Stupid Ian flynn
Deviant258 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Very Stupid
Deviant258 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Good luck trying to save her now hedgehog
smashyoshi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
how did you color it?i wanna try professional style
Deviant258 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
Your to late Sonic now all well suffer because you never had the guts to do the one thing you should done a long time a go KILL DR ROBOT'NIK you blue coward worthless pincushion
smashyoshi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
reading the first issues alot lately to call hi a pincushion huh?
:iconsonicplz::iconsaysplz:Hey! Who are you calling a pincushion?
Deviant258 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Look here ya blue pincushion Ian has written one hell of a story in the comics that it is impossible for Sonic and the three reaming freedom fighters to win So let's see Sally is a robot again not to mention Lupe leader of the wolf pack nation is going to be legionize will Sonic save her in time I doubt it and the city has turned against Nicole so she is lock away in exile to FF HQ oh but wait Nina has convince Nicole to come back I don't trust that mongoose anyway Naugus is king Antoine is in a coma and is probably going to die Bunnie is gone off somewhere Hershey the cat is a lazer burn stain on the ground somewhere and here I thought that Silver was going to make a difference and where is knuckles in all of this he's not involved in this story at all look I don't want Sonic to lose but he can't win either
smashyoshi Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Deviant258 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Read the comics
Sonicblur2-0 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I loved this issue!
XmonzNeko Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XD i love t!
Demo-The-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
that looks pretty badass! Hmmm.
Roveel Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
I like the current developments, it's just a shame there's is also so much negativity towards the current story arc and towards Ian but this IS the Sonic Fandom were talking about :)
MechaSally Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
HanakoFairhall Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
*tries to give her a power ring(worked with Sonic's uncle in SatAM)*
Tailikku1 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Don't worry princess, help will arrive in the near future.
coolvanillia Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
I love the colors and shading u//u
Darrak95 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work!
nightly123 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i just got that comic to day yay ^^
Sasuke419 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Artist
Thank you for making this awesome cover. Your work help strives me to reach my goal as an artist. I drew a very nice parody of this cover and added it to my DA account to show my appreciation for all of your hard work.
4xEyes1987 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Artist
Sally, please come back!
Conekiller Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
I love the little details in her design. The way her ankle gauntlets remind me of Mecha Sonic (and to a degree Knuckles). And the way parts of her legs extend upward beyond the joint like modern high-end japanese poseable figures is a nice touch as well.

I seriously haven't enjoyed the Sonic Comic as much as I have been the last few months in years (possibly since the days of the Knux book). The plot and art are fantastic and I eagerly anticipate each issue!
Pokeninjagirl Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY crap! Sally!
Sorain26 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Student General Artist
This is an awesome cover :D. I love the lighting and the glow in Mecha Sally's eyes.
FritzyBeat Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
looks like the "Blam Blam Blam!" is on the other foot now! :D
sonicwalter Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i seen the front cover of the latest issue and it's weird because on the front cover of 231, mecha sally's mouth is closed. but on this, it is. weird huh?

great cover btw. i hope you can do future ones aswell :la:
BenBates Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional
Yup, you're right the mouth is the big clue something was wrong. I loaded up an unfinished version of the cover here and need to go back and update with the final art.

Thanks for the compliment, I would love to do some more covers in the future. Especially if super cool stuff like Mecha Sally and Death Eggs and destroyed cities and Tails Doll keeps happening!
Darkevildragon999 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
WUOA D=!!!
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