(Supersonic, November 1992)
The article is not remotely interesting but those screenshots are really strange. The player has 56 lives by the time he/she reaches Oil Ocean Zone, and five screenshots from completely different levels have the ring counter set at 99.
Nobody is that good at Sonic 2.
My bet is a Game Genie code to freeze the ring count at 99, and thus a free life every stage just by grabbing a single ring. Going to and coming back from a special stage then resets it (I think) and boom, a shit ton of lives.
Why 99? Because it's the largest two-digit number.