Comix Zone

From Sega Retro


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Comix Zone
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, PlayStation 3 (PSN), Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, Windows PC, Steam, PlayStation Now
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥7,800 G-4132
Sega Mega Drive
$69.99[1] 1569
Sega Mega Drive
£44.99[2] 1569-50
Sega Mega Drive
?F 1569-50
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? 1569-50
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas 1569-50
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
R$? 046780

Windows PC
$39.95[4] ?
Windows PC
€29.99[5] ? MK-85011-50
$2.99 ?
€1.99 ? ?

Nintendo Game Boy Advance

Wii Virtual Console
600 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
800 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
800 pts ?

Xbox 360
JP (Download)
400 pts ?
Xbox 360
US (Download)
400 pts ?
Xbox 360
EU (Download)
400 pts ?
Xbox 360
AU (Download)
? pts ?
Xbox 360
US (Download)
? pts ?

Sony PlayStation 3
JP (Download)
¥571 (600)[7] NPJB-00128
Sony PlayStation 3
US (Download)
$4.99[8] NPUB-30460
Sony PlayStation 3
EU (Download)
€4.49Media:ComixZone PS3 FR PSStore.png[10] NPEB-00530
Sony PlayStation 3
UK (Download)
£3.69Media:ComixZone PS3 UK PSStore.png[11] NPEB-00530
Sony PlayStation 3
AU (Download)
$6.75Media:ComixZone PS3 AU PSStore.png[12] NPEB-00530
Sony PlayStation 3
KR (Download)
₩5,500Media:ComixZone PS3 KR PSStore.png[13] NPHB-00381

PlayStation Now
¥? ?

Comix Zone (コミックスゾーン) is a platform action game for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. Play involves defeating enemies with punches, kicks, and holds, managing your inventory, and solving puzzles.

The game's most remarkable feature is that it is set within the "panels" of a comic book. Each level consists of two "pages", and secrets are discovered by shredding the "paper" and revealing items. Dialogue is rendered within talk bubbles with the typical comic font. Sprites and backgrounds possess the bright colors and dynamic drawing style favored by superhero comics.


The plot concerns Sketch Turner, a cartoonist that during an unusual thunderstorm, becomes trapped in his own comic book while Mortus, the villain of his story, is flung out of it. Inside the comic book, he meets General Alissa Cyan, who believes he's a superhero that came to save their post-apocalyptic world from the evil. In the real world, Mortus would literally draw new villains on the pages of the comic book, trying to kill Sketch Turner, and so obtaining his "real" body to conquer the real world with.

Sketch Turner would have to battle his way through the pages, his only help being his pet rat Roadkill, who got electrocuted during this thunderstorm, enabling him to zap enemies.


A punches and B jumps, with combinations of A, B, and the D-pad doing different moves. With a 3-button controller C selects an item from the inventory, which is then used with A; with a 6-button controller the action performed with C can be customized in the options menu. X, Y and Z use the first, second and third items from the inventory, respectively, as seen at the top-right of the screen.



The game is hidden within the Japanese version of Sonic Mega Collection and is locked part of all region versions of Sonic Mega Collection Plus, which is unlockable with having a Sonic Heroes gamesave, or is unlocked over time.

Mega Drive and PC releases came with a bonus music CD, Roadkill, which contains vocal tracks of the 6 main tunes in the game. The music was performed by the band "Roadkill", which was lead by Howard Drossin.

Comix Zone was ported to the Game Boy Advance and released in Europe in 2002.

Production credits

Mega Drive and PC versions

The following credits appear in the ending credits roll of both versions.

Source: In-game credits
  • Comix Zone (TM)
  • All Rights Reserved
  • Patent Pending

Mega Drive version

Source: In-game credits
  • Copyright (C) 1995 Sega

Source: US and EU manualsMedia:ComixZone MD US manual.pdf[16]Media:Comix Zone MD EU Manual.pdf[17]

PC version

Source: In-game credits
Localisation Team
PC CD-ROM Credits
  • Copyright (C) 1995,1996 Sega

Game Boy Advance version

Source: In-game credits
  • Programming: Tony Stockton, David May
  • Art: Paul Scott, Chunkit Cheung, Darren Donohoe, Marcus Stringer
  • Game/Technical Design: Matthew Smith
  • Lead Tester: John Walsh
  • Head of Development: Kevin Norburn
  • Executive Producer: Brian Beuken, Diane Hill
  • Special Thanks: Danielle Beuken, Elliot Wood, Josh Norburn, Brittany Norburn, Isabel Stockton, Max Stockton, Ben Blackford, Sian Davies, Mike Hanson, Leo Lionheart, 'Flossie' the Wonder Sheep
  • Music and Sound FX Converted by: Manfred Linzner - Shin'en Multimedia

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Comix Zone/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

GamePlayers US 0807.pdf

Print advert in

Game Players (US) Vol. 8 No. 7 "July 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
also published in:

  • GamePro (US) #73: "August 1995" (1995-xx-xx)[18]

  • Fusion (US) Volume #1, Number #1: "August 1995" (1995-xx-xx)[19]

NextGeneration US 11.pdf

PC print advert in

Next Generation (US) #11: "November 1995" (1995-10-24)

SSM JP 19951001 1995-10.pdfSSM JP 19951001 1995-10.pdf

Print advert in

Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #10: "October 1995" (1995-09-08)


Print advert in

Mean Machines Sega (UK) #37: "November 1995" (1995-09-29)

PlayerOne FR 057.pdf

Print advert in

Player One (FR) #57: "Octobre 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
56 №11, p148/149[20]
92 №167, p78/79[2]
79 №73, p35
100 №0101, p72[21]
72 Vol 8, №8, p60/61[22]
75 №73, p64[1]
83 №34, p46/47
85 №18, p59
90 №48, p84-87
89 №46, p56/57[23]
93 №43, p42-47
75 №9/95, p68/69[24]
89 №36, p74-76[25]
95 №57, p96-98[26]
84 №22, p22-25[27]
90 №21, p84/85
81 №72, p50-52
83 №50, p54/55
76 №17, p35[28]
91 №60, p10/11
90 №79, p77[29]
81 №9/95, p100[30]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
23 reviews

Mega Drive, US
ComixZone MD US Box Back.jpgComixZone MD US Box Front.jpg
Comixzone md us cart.jpg
ComixZone MD US manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
Comixzone md eu cover.jpg
ComixZone MD EU Cart.jpg
Comix Zone MD EU Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, JP
Comixzone md jp front cover.jpg
ComixZone MD JP CartTop.jpg
ComixZone MD JP Cart.jpg
Comixzone md jp manual.pdf
Mega Drive, BR
Comixzone md br cover.jpg
Comix Zone MD BR cart.jpg
Comixzone md br manual.pdf

PC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
70 №173, p58[5]
92 №7, p38/39[31]
87 №42, p89[32]
82 №88, p12
Windows PC
Based on
4 reviews

ComixZone PC US Box Front.jpg
ComixZone PC US Box Front JewelCase.jpg
Jewel Case
ComixZone PC EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngComixZone PC EU Box Front.jpg
ComixZone PC EU Disc.jpg
ComixZone PC EU Box Back JewelCase.jpgComixZone PC EU Box Front JewelCase.jpg
Jewel Case

Game Boy Advance version

Game Boy Advance, EU
ComixZone GBA EU Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngComixZone GBA EU Box Front.jpg
ComixZone GBA EU Cart.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 17da0354
MD5 7078e8018ded17f3ce4c70cc8bf74afc
SHA-1 e8747eefdf61172be9da8787ba5be447ec73180f
2MB 1995-06 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 1318e923
MD5 90a9a99f853eb1853be2b725dab758c9
SHA-1 9523cf8e485a3246027f5a02ecbcee3c5ba690f0
2MB 1995-07 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 7a6027b8
MD5 d92ccdfd14118af824b98997ab639bb7
SHA-1 44f8c2a102971d0afcb0d9bd9081ccf51ff830a9
2MB 1995-06 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 e28c89c1
MD5 126c0243a5daf296e3677af3537100bc
SHA-1 4cf1fb69c8184257664caacaf7bc7a1b4e802b8b
2MB 1995-07-12 CD-R disc[33] PAL optimised
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 939efd4c
MD5 7c03c9d77ecfe04414bbc2b446dd5ce9
SHA-1 62b6f4ac864862bf5360e72f3fb8b45700e4fcfa
2MB 1995-06-28 CD-R disc[34] PAL optimised
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 c77db9e1
MD5 262f58a1cb1e12393547eafc9ed5ad41
SHA-1 5da563561e3d74f5db672c8694891083db869999
2MB 1995-06-12 CD-R disc[35] NTSC locked, US Sega Channel version
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 e45a15f4
MD5 9bfbbf751196b934dc159cb34fa3494f
SHA-1 2427e7e3932da731eb172ae22ad779c0abfced13
2MB 1995-06-09 CD-R disc[36] NTSC locked, Korean (works on US/JP)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 aff32614
MD5 1e042423d5c4de6305f5fe8db8bc9e73
SHA-1 9cfead71b55cfa48fa6fb66d2d7c6294776fe4ed
2MB 1995-06-03 CD-R disc[37] NTSC locked, US only
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 b5f0dae5
MD5 af84f854f1b8786de2f9a3d2d63c98df
SHA-1 1d8e133a0ce52e4586593beca095ed269f01473e
2MB 1995-06-02 CD-R disc[38] NTSC locked, US only
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 1a4abcf3
MD5 c2e719791369fdb4782710a366683d7e
SHA-1 fa1e69531857d4146497de4ae95957d096bceb20
2MB 1995-06-02 CD-R disc[39] NTSC locked, US only
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 bbe03cb6
MD5 af19d9cdbd2afa549df1ac30ddacce5b
SHA-1 4223ee8f7ab2a62532fac57f8933bb52e3dde4d5
2MB 1995-06-01 CD-R disc[40] NTSC locked, US only
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 413b9a94
MD5 e0e12c8fc66e81cbfccfd2e0513026c6
SHA-1 aae5dd875e36b9416c8169bdf5dd51e4612e98db
2MB 1995-06-01 CD-R disc[41] NTSC locked, US only
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 9ae93c9d
MD5 2de83c5f995d0ae8f02f164872e3bacb
SHA-1 3599c2d52a1edc9876befb2a754be3506959a12b
2MB 1995-06-01 CD-R disc[42] NTSC locked, US only
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 ba506835
MD5 c531c9eb84363b1f27b3733808bf265d
SHA-1 45de8279bb10cae44f3485057b29810479f82798
2MB 1995-06-01 CD-R disc[43] NTSC locked, US only
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 36029a1f
MD5 ae79228ad03000287fdbec7d5b7a8a10
SHA-1 dbce6c71b1b1c193a57416dd4ccacc876a9e64af
2MB 1995-05-26 CD-R disc[44] Region free
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 a72eca2c
MD5 194ab49fd071f8e473b8ea36e5d769f7
SHA-1 c751ec1ba09abda3ea3252a3e211383f054a507c
2MB 1995-05-30 CD-R disc[45] Region free
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 2efcb6ee
MD5 e68281bee6a4e9620d306b197860a506
SHA-1 af73f6d0d9e54416496a39dbfafc610bf16b3c0c
2MB 1995-04 Region free

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 File:GamePro US 073.pdf, page 66
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:CVG UK 167.pdf, page 78
  3. File:SuperGamePower BR 018.pdf, page 68
  4. Press release: 1995-11-08: Sega delivers arcade gaming action on the PC
  5. 5.0 5.1 File:CVG UK 173.pdf, page 58
  6. File:MeanMachinesSega42UK.pdf, page 88
  7. 7.0 7.1 (archived: 2011-09-26 02:00)
  9. File:ComixZone PS3 US PSStore.png
  10. 10.0 10.1 File:ComixZone PS3 FR PSStore.png
  11. 11.0 11.1 File:ComixZone PS3 UK PSStore.png
  12. 12.0 12.1 File:ComixZone PS3 AU PSStore.png
  13. File:ComixZone PS3 KR PSStore.png
  15. (archived: 2016-03-06 16:44)
  16. File:ComixZone MD US manual.pdf, page 28
  17. File:Comix Zone MD EU Manual.pdf, page 42
  18. File:GamePro US 073.pdf, page 9
  19. File:Fusion US 0101.pdf, page 35
  20. File:CDConsoles FR 11.pdf, page 148
  21. File:Fusion US 0101.pdf, page 72
  22. File:GamePlayers US 0808.pdf, page 60
  23. File:Joypad FR 046.pdf, page 56
  24. File:MegaFun DE 1995-09.pdf, page 68
  25. File:MeanMachinesSega36UK.pdf, page 74
  26. File:PlayerOne FR 057.pdf, page 96
  27. File:SegaMagazin DE 22.pdf, page 22
  28. File:SuperGamePower BR 017.pdf, page 35
  29. File:VideoGames US 79.pdf, page 77
  30. File:VideoGames DE 1995-09.pdf, page 96
  31. File:Dimension3 US 07.pdf, page 38
  32. File:MeanMachinesSega42UK.pdf, page 89