In 1993, the UK's official SEGA comic, "Sonic the Comic" (STC), ran a series of strips based on the "Streets of Rage" game series. These comics differed from the games in several ways, most notably by excluding ex-cop Adam Hunter completely from the storyline, instead replacing him with 'Max Hatchett' (who is a wrestler in the games). Also, Skate is known here as 'Skates', and is the stepson of police officer Murphy, as opposed to being Adam Hunter's kid-brother. Shiva is also nowhere to be seen. Coupled with these massive story changes, the fairly poor artwork and childish scripting made for a pretty bad comic strip overall (which only got worse with each successive strip). Nevertheless it was the only official SOR comic ever produced and it does have its fans.

Exclusive to Streets of Rage Online, we present the complete scans of the 3 stories in the original comic series, "Streets of Rage", "Streets of Rage: Skates' Story", "Streets of Rage: The Only Game in Town", and poster mag story "Streets of Rage: The Facts of Life".

Script: Mark Millar/Nigel Kitching

Art: Peter Richardson 

DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ORIGINAL 1993 COMIC SCANS (English language, zip format)

DOWNLOAD "THE FACTS OF LIFE" EN ESPAƑOL (Spanish language, zip format) (Translation by Luis Arguello)

Also, check out this cutaway image of the SOR team's 'Battle Wagon', which was originally an A1-sized poster with the 'Poster Mag' edition of the comic (click thumbnail to enlarge):

Did you know...?

* Mark Millar (script writer for the original story) would go on to become the most successful British comic book writer working in America? His later comic book credits include The Authority, The Ultimates, Wanted, Marvel Knights, Spider-Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four, and Civil War. In August 2007 he won the Stan Lee award at Wizardworld in Chicago. 

* A film adaptation of Mark Millar's 'Wanted' series, starring Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and James McAvoy was released on June 27, 2008.


* A graphic novel compilation of the original 4-part "Streets of Rage" strip was released as a book called "Streets of Rage: Bad City Fighters" in the UK in 1994. It can still be found used on either Amazon or eBay, but expect to pay up to $1000 for it.


Artist Peter Richardson speaks to SOR Online:

"As some of you in the Streets of Rage community HAVE expressed interest in seeing some of the original art for this comic, I've (ulp) finally dug out some samples which are moderately less embarrassing than the majority of the pages that I churned out. It was working on this strip that made me realize just how crap my figure work was and I have made sterling efforts ever since to try and redress this lamentable state of affairs.

Most comic strip artists it has to be said need to achieve a complete mastery of figure work before they can hope to express themselves fully, if you don't you are destined to spend copious amounts of time which you don't have struggling to make your figures work. This needs to be avoided like the plague, so attend life drawing classes, study anatomy (there are some first rate books out there and George Bridgman is as good a place to start as any).

In fact drawing from life is to be recommended all the time, you need to do this to avoid the pitfall which awaits all artists - no matter how brilliant they are of adopting aristic mannerisms when drawing figures. If something succeeds, you start to get comfortable with it and before you know it you're repeating yourself with faces and hand gestures being prime examples of this trend. Look at people in the way that a Martian would and see them free from your own preconceptions - if you want to experience the sensation of what can be achieved by this then you need look no further than the work of Lucien Freud.

Anyway here's a sample of a cover for the second Streets of Rage story which was scripted by Mark Millar and the first instalment of the third and final Streets of Rage story written by Nigel Kitching. This one definitely took longer than a week, in fact ten days, the final page being a monster of a page in terms of drawing and inking. In some ways I preferred the pages in black and white, so on this occasion I photocopied the whole sequence before colouring it up with magic markers and body paint for the highlights. The paper I was using at the time was Fabbriano Watercolour Paper which was the best paper for attempting this slightly bastardised technique. Reference for a lot of this was relatively minimal as time was as ever pressing - nowadays courtesy of Google the scene setting shot would have been executed with a lot more conviction.

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