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SpongeBob Comics was a comic book series based on the animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants, published by United Plankton Pictures, Inc. and distributed by Bongo Comics. It was initially published every two months in the United States beginning in February 2011 and was published monthly from June 2012 to October 2018.

According to some of the comics' writers, the comics had more input from creator Stephen Hillenburg than the show did after the first movie. He had an approval process for each comic story that appeared in the issues, and was able to work closely with the artists since he could just provide input from his home. Several artists from Bongo tweeted about Hillenburg's large role in the comics, and how surprising it was that he was so deeply involved in them.[2][3]

History

Originally, Stephen Hillenburg authored an educational comic book in 1989, called "The Intertidal Zone", while he worked as a teacher of marine science at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, California. This comic book depicted ocean life through anthropomorphic sea creatures, as the character of Bob the Sponge, a natural sponge with sunglasses who would become the first prototype of Spongebob Squarepants. The universe of the SpongeBob SquarePants series is therefore directly inspired by "The Intertidal Zone".

Following the launch of the SpongeBob SquarePants television series in 1999, Nickelodeon Magazine regularly  published in its issues numerous comic stories from the series' universe. In 2009, the first comics book compilation of SpongeBob Squarepants comics, "Comic Crazy!", was published, featuring various comic stories published in Nickelodeon Magazine. A second volume is published a year later. American distributor Tokyopop also adapted several episodes of the series into cine-manga comics.

In November 2010, United Plankton Pictures announced the upcoming release of a comic book series entirely dedicated to SpongeBob SquarePants and his undersea friends, in association with Bongo Comics Group, a comic book publishing company founded in 1993 by The Simpsons creator, Matt Groening.[4]

Debuting in February 2011, the series was published under the name of SpongeBob Comics, and was originally intended to be bimonthly, before becoming monthly from June 2012. Along with Hillenburg, independent comic creators who contributed to the first issue include James Kochalka, Hilary Barta, Graham Annable, Gregg Schigiel, and Jacob Chabo.[5][6] Issue number 13, a Halloween special, was released in October 2012, featuring the work of such writers and artists as Stephen R. Bissette, Tony Millionaire, Al Jaffee, and Derek Drymon.[7] Another Halloween-themed issue was released the following year featuring cartoonist Michael T. Gilbert.[8]

In June 2013, United Plankton released SpongeBob Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular #1. Managing editor Chris Duffy said the annual was "specially tailored" for superhero fans, with a cover by artist Jacob Chabo that was influenced by the Marvel Comics annuals of the 1960s.[8] Collaborators for the book included Drymon, Kochalka, Barta, Ramona Fradon, Chuck Dixon, Jerry Ordway, and Vincent Deporter.[9] A second superhero-inspired annual was released in June 2014.[10]

At the San Diego Comic Con 2016, Abrams revealed they would be publishing hardcover collections of these comics, with an Art of SpongeBob book that was planned for Spring 2017.[11] These later became known as "Silly Sea Stories", "Aquatic Adventurers, Unite!", "Tales from the Haunted Pineapple" and "Treasure Chest", all released in 2017.

In 2018, the series went on a publication hiatus after issue #85 due to Bongo Comics Group shutting down in October.[12] Stephen Hillenburg died one month later on November 26, 2018, making a continuation of the series very uncertain.

Reception

In a review of the premiere issue, Chad Nevett of Comic Book Resources wrote: "SpongeBob Comics is effective at capturing the tone of the show and allowing the creators to present their own takes on the characters at times. It suffers sometimes from not being able to rely on the strengths of animation and, hopefully, will take advantage of the things that comics can do that animation can't."[13]

Brigid Alverson of Comic Book Resources described SpongeBob Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular #1 as "48 pages of pure summer vacation fun that is goofy enough to be fun for kids and smart enough to entertain adults as well."[9] Writing for School Library Journal, J. Caleb Mozzocco said that although the longer page-count and higher price tag of the SpongeBob annual might make it a "less-than-ideal" jumping-on point, he added that "the superhero parody content ironically makes it an even easier comic for comics readers with no experience with the cartoon to enjoy."[14]

Regulars monthly issues

Cover Issue Description Date
SpongeBobComicsNo01.png 1 Are you ready for the comic book premiere of the world's most popular fry-cooking sponge?! This first issue is a whale of a collection of comics by talented indy, mainstream, and animation cartoonists - James Kochalka (Johnny Boo, American Elf), Hilary Barta (Fear Agent), Graham Annable (Grickle), Gregg Schigiel (X-Babies), Jacob Chabot (Mighty Skullboy Army, X-Babies), and more! In this issue: SpongeBob has a recurring nightmare about his favorite cereal; Squidward introduces music to the Krusty Krab; and Mermaid Man is freaked out by a fan who won't... stop... staring! Also: Patrick and SpongeBob team up for the most idiotic joke ever; SpongeBob learns to glow; and readers are invited to draw the absorbing one's new hairdo! All this, plus a page of SpongeFunnies by James Kochalka and a cover pinup, equals a ship-shape maiden voyage! February 9, 2011[4]
SpongeBobComicsNo02.jpg 2 SpongeBob's dreams may be the key to his finally passing his boating school road test. Also: SpongeBob splits in two, Patrick has a secret, Gary plays video games, and more! All this and a pin-up of this issue's hot-roddin' cover. April 13, 2011
SpongeBobComicsNo03.png 3 Legendary Silver Age artist Ramona Fradon (METAMORPHO, PLASTIC MAN) lends her talents to a Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy story as SpongeBob gets Squidward hooked on comics! Also: a view into how Patrick's mind "works," Gary's career as a Krusty Krab intern, a pin-up by “SpongeBob” creator Steve Hillenburg, and more.[15] June 8, 2011[15]
SpongeBobComicsNo04.jpg 4 SpongeBob's job at the Krusty Krab is jeopardized by a multi-purpose robot--but is there more to it than meets the (single, cyclopean) eye? Also: SpongeBob and Patrick do a simple favor for Sandy, which of course leads to disaster, woe, and rappelling. BONUS: Plankton's family tree is revealed. All this, plus short bursts of brilliant SpongeComics by indie darlings Stephen DeStefano, Sam Henderson, James Kochalka, Dave Roman, and Joey Weiser.[16] August 10, 2011[16]
SpongeBobComicsNo05.jpg 5 In “Day Off/Off Day,” The Krusty Krab is under siege...by SpongeBob! Krabs must keep the humble fry cook from entering the restaurant or (horrors!) face a modest fine for working his employees too hard. But a determined SpongeBob can get through any defenses that Krabs concocts. How far will Krabs go to keep him out? Also, in “Truckin’,” Patrick and SpongeBob face the open road in big rigs. All this plus a pin-up, a choose-your-path comic of Squidward's nightmares, a page of aquatic facts, and a knockout back cover written by Joey Weiser (Caveman in Space), with art by 2011 Reuben Award Cartoonist of the Year, Richard Thompson (Cul De Sac).[17] October 12, 2011[17]
SpongeBobComicsNo06.jpg 6 SpongeBob journeys to an alternate dimension in “Bikini Bottom 2” and encounters a very familiar–and yet startlingly different–cast of characters! In “Squidward Saves Television,” Squidward takes over SpongeBob's favorite shows in order to bring a little class to television. Yeah, that'll work... Plus: a cover pin-up, “SpongeFunnies” by James Kochalka, a painted back cover by Julie Wilson, and an interactive comic that invites readers to draw Mr. Krabs' tattoos![18] December 14, 2011[18]
3547826-07.jpg 7 In “Missing Man,” SpongeBob, Patrick, and Barnacle Boy go on a desperately dumb search for a wayward Mermaid Man, annoying the hero's entire rogues gallery along the way. And SpongeBob becomes the champion of an underground civilization living beneath the Krusty Krab in “Look Out Below.” Also, Gary heaves a hairball, courtesy of James Kochalka (Dragon Puncher), and Squidward's clarinet playing gets an assist from Bob Flynn (Heeby Jeeby Comics). All this plus a Scott Shaw (Simpsons Comics) ad-parody and a pin-up of this issue's sword-and-spongery cover![19] February 8, 2012[19]
SpongeBobComicsNo08.jpg 8 Patrick and SpongeBob's kelp karpet sleds go REALLY fast--and in SLIP-SLEDDING AWAY, SpongeBob finds a way to make them go even faster! Soon the friends find themselves sledding to a mysterious, faraway retirement community. In FORMULA FOR SUCCESS, Plankton finally puts his genius to work and creates a delicious secret formula of his own. Is this the end of Krusty Krab? All this plus a cover pin-up; and more![20] April 11, 2012[20]
SpongeBobComicsNo09.jpg 9 It's a seaworthy summer vacation issue. In "Calls in the Wild," SpongeBob and Patrick must protect a troupe of young campers from the strange creatures that lurk in the woods––like that grouchy bald one who plays the clarinet! In "Heroes at the Beach," Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy attempt to have a relaxing day at the beach. But why must there be so much eeeevil to get in their way? Plus, Patrick forgets his pants, SpongeBob gets acne, and we learn why big socks = big fun! All this and a surreal painted pin-up by SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg.[21] June 13, 2012[21]
SpongeBobComicsNo10.jpg 10 Now settin' sail monthly! In "The Housesitter," SpongeBob looks after Mr. Krabs' house and fends off a fishy cat burglar. In "Raising the Curtain of Evil," Patrick has to think fast to reconstruct SpongeBob's latest issue of Mermaid Man, resulting in a bizarre reading experience. James Kochalka writes and draws "SpongeBob Finds a Cave," in which SpongeBob finds...well, a cave. But this cave has a magic hot dog! Plus: Plankton takes on Mermaid Man, Squidward paints a portrait, and Sandy Cheeks invents a robot so incredible that only you, the reader, could possibly draw it![22] July 11, 2012[22]
SpongeBobComicsNo11.jpg 11 Patrick and SpongeBob go on a frenzied 3 AM quest for hidden candy in "Night Sweets." Then in "Dear Diary," Squidward's suggestion that Patrick start a journal results in daily misery...for Squidward! SpongeBob forgets to wear his square pants to work--and thus begins "The Big Cover-Up." And what is the secret of the new delicious sauce at the Krusty Krab? Find out in "Patrick's Sauce," but be prepared to gag just a little bit. All this plus a cover pin-up to drool for and step-by-step instructions by James Kochalka on how NOT to draw SpongeBob.[23] August 8, 2012[23]
SpongeBobComicsNo12.jpg 12 On a reluctant visit to Grandma Sponge's house, Squidward discovers an earthly paradise (for Squidward, that is). But how can he get back to that happy place? Find out in "Great Grandma." In "Too Tough," SpongeBob invites the bruisers from the Salty Spitoon to make the Krusty Krab their new hangout, and Mr. Krabs sees dollar signs...plus lots of broken furniture. Also: SpongeBob learns the joys of flossing; Squilliam learns the downside to owning a fancy yacht; and the reader learns lots of facts about crabs.[24] September 12, 2012[24]
SpongeBobComicsNo13.jpg 13 Comics legends join with SpongeBob Comics regulars to weave weird water-logged tales for a spooktacular Halloween issue. In Derek Drymon's story 'Drawn In,' SpongeBob uses crayons to insert himself into an old Mermaid Man horror comic - with atmospheric art by Steven Bissette (Swamp Thing). Tony Millionaire (Sock Monkey) illustrates Drymon's rhyming romance of doomed love in 'The Curse of the Flying Dutchman.' And in 'Dream Big' Gary goes Godzilla courtesy of Chris Yambar and painted art by MADman Al Jaffee! All this plus a night in the Fry Cook Museum, facts about the hideous angler fish, and SpongeBob's short career as a detective! October 10, 2012[25]
SpongeBobComicsNo14.jpg 14 If Mr. Krabs' archenemy, the microscopic fiend Plankton, can't steal the Krabby Patty secret formula, then he has no choice but to conquer this entire issue of SpongeBob Comics! In "Dream a Krabby Dream" the little green villain goes all "Inception" on the dreams of SpongeBob. Then a customer partakes of Plankton's Chumbalaya special...and LOVES it. Learn how this violation of the laws of nature came to be in "For the Love of Chum." Plus: Plankton's existential soul quest, strips by James Kochalka, a painted phytoplankton poster by “SpongeBob” creator Stephen Hillenburg, and more![26] November 14, 2012[26]
SpongeBobComicsNo15.jpg 15

Patrick would make a great substitute fry cook, right? If you think so, then the horrible chaos and destruction rampant in the story "Pat the Temp" may surprise you. And in "Trash Stalkin'" Squidward teaches SpongeBob about that most magical of all creatures, the Garbage Fairy. All this plus Gary at a snail show, Patrick at Jellyfish Fashion Week, and Mr. Krabs as the torso of a giant transforming robot![27]

December 12, 2012[27]
SpongeBobComicsNo16.jpg 16 It's an all-out adventure issue as SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs set out on sea voyage in search of 'The Treasure of Captain Goldfish' - with a sinister stowaway on board. Plus: a pull-out map, facts about sea turtles, SpongeBob's trip to a land of wizards and fauns, and more! January 9, 2013
SpongeBobComicsNo17.jpg 17 Readers take SpongeBob's fate into their own hands in "Trading Laces," a choose-your-own-pourous-path interactive adventure comic by puzzle-designer Robert Leighton (The New Yorker) and artist Gregg Schigiel (X-Babies). Then find out the secret of Gary's new odd behavior in "Filthy Habit." And Bob Flynn (Bravest Warriors) provides a key to "What Lurks Inside the Jelly Hive." All this plus SpongeFunnies by James Kochalka (American Elf) and a fill-in comic by Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy)![28] February 13, 2013[29]
SpongeBobComicsNo18.jpg 18 Patrick and SpongeBob's kelp karpet sleds go REALLY fast--and in SLIP-SLEDDING AWAY, SpongeBob finds a way to make them go even faster! Soon the friends find themselves sledding to a mysterious, faraway retirement community. In FORMULA FOR SUCCESS, Plankton finally puts his genius to work and creates a delicious secret formula of his own. Is this the end of Krusty Krab? All this plus a cover pin-up; and more![30] March 13, 2013[30]
SpongeBobComicsNo19.jpg 19 Squidward has moved away with no forwarding address, and SpongeBob and Patrick must scour the globe in search of their best buddy. And what better way to search for a missing friend than taking a long bus trip and yelling "Squidward" out the window nonstop? It all happens in "Farewell Squidward!" And in "Monstah Lobstah Cometh," Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy remember their first encounter with a deadly, but delicious, foe. All this plus a 4-page doodle comic, a tense shopping moment with Mrs. Puff, and the secret to Squidward's most perfect clarinet performance.[31] April 10, 2013[31]
SpongeBobComicsNo20.jpg 20 SpongeBob and Patrick are lost in the Kelp Forest, and it's up to Mr. Krabs and Squidward to find them! But what wild fate has befallen Bikini Bottom's best buddies? Find out in 'SpongeMonkey!' In 'Friend Fair,' Patrick and SpongeBob enter a contest to test just how much (or little) each knows about the other. Plus a lobster fact page by Maris Wicks (Bravest Warriors), 'SpongeFunnies' by James Kochalka (American Elf), and a stunning pinup by pulp-master Gary Gianni (featuring a certain JungleBob Loincloth!). All this and a painted back cover by Becky Dreistadt (Adventure Time).[32] May 8, 2013[32]
SpongeBobComicsNo21.jpg 21 This issue features a stunning back cover comic painted by legendary MADman Al Jaffee! And inside: The mighty King Neptune has stolen the Krusty Krab and brought it to his legendary palace. Can the combined idiocy of Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and SpongeBob wrest it from Neptune's godly grasp? Find out in "The Krusty Nabbed!" Next, Sandy is appalled by the horrible inaccuracies rampant in Bikini Bottom's Museum of Land Creatures...but wait until she finds out what they say about squirrels! The fur is flying in "Landquarium." Also, Squidward learns the pleasures and pitfalls of earplugs, Gary meets his dream snail, and Plankton paints a portrait of his darling wife! PLUS: a fill-in comic and SpongeFunnies by Kochalka![33] June 12, 2013[33]
SpongeBobComicsNo22.jpg 22 When SpongeBob and Patrick use a new bubble formula, they find it can do almost anything–including create exact living duplicates of themselves! Evil twins have never been so transparent or so menacing as they are in "Bubble Double Trouble"! Then, in "See? Dragon!" SpongeBob is convinced he's found a dragon's tooth, but Squidward and Mr. Krabs think he's just finally lost his grip. Does Old Man Jenkins hold the secret to what the tooth REALLY is? Well, yes and no. You'll see. Also in this issue: a gorgeous Bikini Bottom camping poster by Bob Flynn (Bravest Warriors), SpongeBob's amazing new facial hair, facts about coral reefs, and much more![34] July 10, 2013[34]
81NqrB jfJL.jpg 23 Meet Jay Lee Huntar--jellyfish hunter extraordinaire and wearer of pith helmets! In "The Jellyfishing Master," Patrick and SpongeBob can only watch in horror as this interloper's traps capture the entire jelly population of Jellyfish Fields. Who or what can save the jellies…and SpongeBob's favorite sport? Then in "The Critic," a restaurant reviewer's visit to the Krusty Krab forces SpongeBob to pull out all the stops, kick out the jams, AND go the whole nine yards to make the most amazing Krabby Patties ever. But what can even SpongeBob do when ingredients run out? Also in this issue: SpongeBob runs a race, Patrick grows a mustache, and Sandy learns a thing or two about playing cards with idiots! All this and a beach scene pin-up of Goo Lagoon in the full swing of summer![35] December 12, 2012[35]
SpongeBobComicsNo24.jpg 24 In our greediest issue yet, Eugene Krabs, owner of the Krusty Krab and SpongeBob's penny-pinching boss, scuttles into the spotlight. First, Krabs hears of a mythical tree with dollar bills for leaves. To what ends will he go to possess this fiscal foliage? You, SpongeBob, and Squidward all find out in "The Money Tree" by Graham Annable. For this issue's pin-up, former Air Pirates artist Gary Hallgren paints a giant Bikini Bottom dollar bill with Krabs himself in the presidential spot. Also: In "Squidmund Visits, " Squidward's got company, so he must get his house's feng shui in order. But Squidward forgot to plan for one thing--or make that two things: one yellow, one pink! All this plus facts about sanddollars, Patrick's introduction to the 3-second rule, and an adorable back cover by Graham Annable![36] January 9, 2013[36]
SpongeBobComicsNo25.jpg 25 It's another swimmingly spooky Halloween issue! First, the Flying Dutchman's undead crew is on the loose in Bikini Bottom--but why can't they get a good scare out of that little yellow guy? Writer Derek Drymon and legendary Mister Monster-maker Michael T. Gilbert may have the answers in THE DUTCHMAN'S CHALLENGE. And in THINGS THAT GO BURP IN THE NIGHT by David DeGrand (Garfield, Zombie Chasers), SpongeBob must confront the terror of the late shift at the Krusty Krab. Then Squidward's dream has come true--his rival Squilliam Fancyson is reduced to a miserable pauper, in a O'Henry-esque tale of late October by Jacob Lambert and Stephen DeStefano. All this plus a monster pumpkin, a costume contest, and a back cover by acclaimed children's book artist Marc Rosenthal![37] February 13, 2013[38]
SpongeBobComicsNo26.jpg 26 This issue is filled with SICK humor! Because SpongeBob has a bad cold. And when his friends visit, things somehow get WORSE. Joey Weiser and Gregg Schigiel reveal all in "Sick Day." And in "Trench Vanilla," readers can experience a SpongeBob adventure in widescreen--that's right, it's a 10 page comic that is ONE continuous image! Enjoy this miracle of comic book technology courtesy of Robert Leighton and Gregg Schigiel. Plus: James Kochalka's "SpongeFunnies," David Lewman and Vanessa Davis's "Squidward in Love," Joey Weiser's "Phoney Dance Party," and Maris Wicks's "Flotsam and Jetsam." And to cap it off, Scott Roberts (PATTY-CAKE) shows us the awful things that happen when Patrick tries to think![39] March 13, 2013[39]
SpongeBobComicsNo27.jpg 27 SpongeBob is dragged to court…by a mob of angry jellyfish! It's "Trial By Jelly" for SpongeBob and Patrick, by Vince DePorter (Scooby-Doo). Then cartoonist Israel Sanchez (Flight) puts Squidward through the ringer in "Blue Bonnet Society." Can Squidward survive the chaos after he interrupts SpongeBob's warm-up exercises? In "The Amazing SpongeBot" by David DeGrand (Zombie Chasers) a mechanical future SpongeBob must stop the present-day Mr. SquarePants from performing a comedy routine--or else the future will be all messed up or something! Also in this issue: SpongeBob blows up big; Gary's shell gets detailed; and Patrick declares a new holiday. PLUS: SpongeFunnies by James Kochalka and a kooky coral maze by Robert Leighton (New Yorker) and Gary Hallgren (Air Pirates).[40] May 8, 2013[40]
SpongeBobComicsNo28.jpg 28 In the remote wastes of the northern waters, something monstrous sits encased in ice, waiting to be thawed out…by two of silliest nincompoops in the seven seas. SpongeBob and Patrick track a wayward Mr. Krabs to the frozen ruins of an ancient civilization and must deal with the enraged creature that once ruled it! In the tradition of H.P. Lovecraft, Carl Barks, Roy Crane, and Snow Dogs comes a full-length SpongeBob arctic adventure, "The Curse of King Krabbe!" Also: Squidward's new career, comics-loving pirates stuck in pack-ice, frigid facts about arctic ocean-life, and more![41] June 12, 2013[41]
SpongeBobComicsNo29.jpg 29 This issue: United Plankton finally cashes in on the trend that's sweeping comics--science stories starring sea-dwelling squirrels. That's right, it's a whole issue starring Sandy Cheeks, SpongeBob's Texas twangin' rodent pal, who's an athlete and a lady scientist t'boot! See Sandy save Bikini Bottom from the horror of the gargantuan Aqua Chimp! Gasp as she goes paw-to-tentacle against Plankton in an invention showdown! Scratch your head as you try to comprehend what her oddest invention has done to SpongeBob's holes! And quake in fear as she discovers the source of that awful noise coming from deep within an unexplored trench! All this plus ocean facts about squirrels (yup!), Patrick's dental-care invention, and a Sandy-themed Rube Goldberg tribute with art by R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics).[42] July 10, 2013[42]
SpongeBobComicsNo30.jpg 30 SpongeBob's dream of starring in the Boating School play have finally come true - but is the audience, and Mrs. Puff, ready for SpongeBob's unorthodox acting choices? Please hold your applause until the end of 'Puff's Pageant.' Then, in 'Bottled Up,' SpongeBob is stuck inside a glass bottle (He has his reasons!) and experiences one treacherous humiliation after another. Who can rescue our porous pal? Also in this issue: SpongeBob creates a friend to keep him company by the grill; Pearl wins a sculpture contest; and Mr. Krabs is 'down with the kids.' All this plus SpongeFunnies by James Kochalka (Johnny Boo) and flipbook fun by Bob Flynn (Bravest Warriors). April 10, 2013
SpongeBobComicsNo31.jpg 31 After staying up past their bedtimes, SpongeBob and Patrick vow to go for it and stay up ALL NIGHT. Their mission, to become "Kings of Night"--and the nocturnal antics that ensue are worth donning those night-vision goggles you've been sitting on. Then, Silver Age legend Ramona Fradon (Plastic Man, Metamorpho) joins with Batman scribe Chuck Dixon to weave a tale of Mermaid Man's run in with true love, in a story we could only call "The Lovely Lure of Lady Mackeral." Also in this issue: SpongeBob tries out different shapes to improve business at the Krusty Krabb, and poker-playing Pirates try out a new deck of SpongeBob-themed cards. All this plus "SpongeFunnies" by James Kochalka (Dragon Puncher), tidal trivia by Maris Wicks (Primates), and a back cover by Eleanor Davis (The Secret Science Alliance)![43] April 9, 2014[43]
SpongeBobComicsNo32.jpg 32 It all starts here! SpongeBob's first soggy serialized adventure "Showdown at the Shady Shoals" pulls anchor and begins a 5-issue voyage into aquatic action! In a tale featuring the art of Jerry Ordway (World's Finest, The Human Bomb), SpongeBob must find out who's stronger: his idol, Mermaid Man, or that noble anti-hero, the proud, muscular, poofy-haired sea king Viro Reganto? It's a question that will send SpongeBob, Mermaid Man, and Viro into a quest that spans decades--from the Briny Age of comics to the pulse-pounding present! Then, in "Squidward's Shell Phone," SpongeBob learns a new way to stay in constant contact with his best buddy, Squidward--and Squidward is thrilled! Did you hear the sarcasm there? Plus: SpongeBob's strange haircut ritual, a fill-in comic, SpongeFunnies by James Kochalka, and a guide to the ancient undersea language of…Esperanto?[44] May 14, 2014[44]
SpongeBobComicsNo33.jpg 33 SpongeBob's first multi-part epic continues in part 2 of "Showdown at the Shady Shoals"--featuring a knock-down, drag-out underwater battle between Mermaid Man and his haughty rival, Viro Reganto! It's a sub-aquatic slap fight that's got SpongeBob on the edge of his square seat! Plus we've got a slew of summer-themed silliness: Gary goes to camp in "Survival Snail"; Goo Lagoon beach is swarmed by jellyfish in "Invasion!"; and the whole Krusty Krab feels the burn in "Hot Spot." All this and facts about real-life jellyfish by Maris Wicks (Primates), a pin-up by Silver Age superstar Ramona Fradon (Metamorpho, Plastic Man), and 2 pages of SpongeFunnies by James Kochalka (Dragon Puncher Island).[45] June 11, 2014[45]
SpongeBobComicsNo34.jpg 34 In part 3 of the epic "Showdown at the Shady Shoals," SpongeBob says he KNOWS how the first meeting between Mermaid Man and the sea-king Viro Reganto MUST have gone down. How does he know? Because he's their biggest fan! Thus unfolds a spazzy, sponge-woven tale of underwater super villains and the power of friendship--all deliriously delineated by JERRY ORDWAY. Plus: This issue also features a round up of Wild West yarns--you know, the kind that take place underwater! First a mechanical bucking seahorse becomes the biggest fad--and the biggest rip-off--at the Krusty Krab in "Shucking Seahorse"! And in "Mixed Signals" we find out what happens when bubble signals go wrong on the ocean prairie; and TIM TRUMAN (Conan, JONAH HEX) provides a sea-weed-and-spaghetti-Western-style pin-up of the Good, the Pat, and the Squiddy![46] July 9, 2014[46]
Spongebob35.jpg 35 First, in "Plankton's Playtime," that tiny terror joins SpongeBob and Patrick for game night...and Plankton will wish he'd stayed at the Chum Bucket! Then in part 4 of the epic "Showdown at the Shady Shoals," it's a lie-down, passed-out battle of the geriatric underwater superheroes; Mermaid Man and sea king Viro Reganto compete in the Old Fogey-thon--winner take all...all the oatmeal! And in "Stupid Patrick," SpongeBob worries that Patrick's new friends just like him because he's so dumb! All this plus "Flotsam and Jetsam" by Maris Wicks and "SpongeFunnies" by James Kochalka equals United Plankton's usual mix of strange, soggy, and silly![47] August 13, 2014[48]
SpongeBobComicsNo36.jpg 36 It's the climactic conclusion of SHOWDOWN AT THE SHADY SHOALS--SpongeBob's first soggy serial! In this final chapter, the friendship of aquatic champions Mermaid Man and Viro Reganto transforms all of Bikini Bottom into a world of superhero realism–with stunning new renditions of SpongeBob and Patrick courtesy of Jerry Ordway. Plus a Mr. Krabs comic by Tony Millionaire, SpongeFunnies by James Kochalka, and a choose-your-path comic starring the whole cast![49] September 10, 2014[49]
SpongeBobComicsNo37.jpg 37 In our SPECIAL DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES ISSUE, SpongeBob dreams…of runaway pants…of a giant Gary…and of a powerful entity whose subconscious controls Bikini Bottom's very reality! So, yeah, it's pretty surreal, even for SpongeBob. Also: Maris Wicks (PRIMATES) brings you true facts about nightmare creatures of the deep. All this plus the talents of Bob Flynn (BRAVEST WARRIORS) James Kochalka (GLORKIAN WARRIOR), and Gregg Schigiel (X-BABIES).[50] October 8, 2014[50]
SpongeBobComicsNo38.jpg 38 SpongeBob has fallen under the spell of a comfy, snug sweater his gramma gave him--and now he's drinking tea, reading poetry, and…gasp, choke!…scrapbooking!? Can Patrick and Gary defeat the cozy menace? Find out in "The Sweater!" Also in this issue: The Goofy Goober live show goes horribly wrong; Patrick and SpongeBob have silly fun with their powers of regeneration; and a shipload of tough pirates debate SpongeBob trivia. All this plus SpongeFunnies by James Kochalka![51] November 12, 2014[51]
SpongeBobComicsNo39.jpg 39 A sneaky cartoonist (i.e., a normal cartoonist) turns SpongeBob and Patrick into the stars of a new hit comic strip–"PlungeBob and Splatrick"– and the briny buddies can't handle the fame! Then, in "Ship Wrecked," Mrs. Puff's vacation cruise is severely compromised by a certain stowaway fry cook. Plus: Kaz (Underworld) and Gary Leib (Idiotland) tell the tale of the customer who hates SpongeBob; Maris Wicks (Primates) reveals scientific secrets of the puffer fish; and Scott Roberts (Patty Cake) draws a very Pogo-esque SpongeBob pin-up![52] December 10, 2014[52]
SpongeBobComicsNo40.jpg 40 In our ocean-shaking volcano issue, witness the explosive birth of…Patrick's new house?! It happens in "Guest to Pest" by Scott Roberts. In "Magma Morons," SpongeBob explores a volcanic island with a secret–courtesy of Kaz, Vince DePorter, and a big photo spread of a “real” volcano! Plus, in "Formula None," SpongeBob goes on strike when Mr. Krabs replaces the Krabby Patty ingredients with artificial filler! Also, facts about undersea vents by Maris Wicks (Batman '66, Primates) and Dave DeGrand's tale of the weirdest-shaped toe blister in the history of Bikini Bottom![53] January 14, 2015[53]
SpongeBobComicsNo41.jpg 41 Squidward and SpongeBob tour the Seven Seas as a smash hit comedy duo….but Squidward can't bear sharing the spotlight. How low will he go to get SpongeBob out of the act? Find out in a novel-length adventure we could only call "Star of the Show!" Plus: Patrick tries stand-up in "SpongeFunnies" by James Kochalka, Maris Wicks shares facts about whale songs, and Patrick and SpongeBob star in a chilling tale of underwater snow shoveling![54] February 11, 2015[54]
SpongeBobComicsNo42.jpg 42 Special INTERACTIVE ISSUE! Boxtrolls director Graham Annable's story "Spot the Differences" finds Squidward plagued by double images of SpongeBob--with 4 subtle differences to be found in each pair! Michael T. Gilbert (Mister Monster) crafts a SpongeBob mystery where you crack the case by holding up key panels to a light! And Al Jaffee (MAD) brings his folding-image skills to Bikini Bottom. All this plus a crazy "SpongeFunnies," a branching tale of Patrick's neighborhood watch, and more![55] March 11, 2015[55]
SpongeBobComicsNo43.jpg 43 When SpongeBob's most awesome feats of fry-cookery fail to impress Mr. Krabs, the desperate sponge resorts to forbidden experiments to push himself up the short-order evolutionary ladder. Behold the all-encompassing kitchen power of…"FryCook 2.0." Then, in "Mommie Drearest" the Flying Dutchman must beg SpongeBob to help him clean up his act before his ghostly, yet persnickety, mother visits. All this plus aquatic comics by Stephen DeStefano, Maris Wicks, Joey Weiser, and more![56] April 8, 2015[56]
SpongeBob Comics No. 44.png 44 Gangster fish have made the Krusty Krab their hangout--and it's up to Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob to figure out a way to get rid of them! Must they resort to…Patrick the Hypnotist? Find out in "SpongeFellas!" Then in "Not So Great Expectations," take a trip to Blockville--the lamest, most decrepit theme park on the ocean floor. Surely NOBODY could enjoy a visit to…oh, wait, here comes SpongeBob. Never mind. Plus Spongey comics by James Kochalka, Brian Smith, Maris Wicks, and more![57] May 13, 2015[57]
SpongeBobComicsNo45.jpg 45 In “Deranged Detector,” Mr. Krabs MUST know the answer to the question: “What has SpongeBob got in his pocket?” He'll find out even if he has to sic a malfunctioning valuable-detecting robot after the boy! Then in “Patrick's Itch,” nothing and no one can scratch Patrick's itch--will his rough starfish hide ever know relief? All this plus “SpongeFunnies” by James Kochalka, “Flotsam and Jetsam” by Maris Wicks, and the secret to Sandy's “New Look”![58] June 10, 2015[59]
SpongeBob Comics No. 46.jpg 46 In a 24-page adventure, SpongeBob must save Bikini Bottom from "The Menace of the Mola Mola!" Indy cartoonist Bob Flynn (Nursery Rhyme Comics, Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time) takes our favorite fry cook on a fantastic voyage into the belly of a behemoth–a giant freakish fish that has blotted out the sun and plunged Bikini Bottom into darkness! Can SpongeBob save the day? Also: Patrick searches for the right pet in a comic by Charise Harper (Fashion Kitty); and Plankton shrinks down SpongeBob in a Little Nemo-esque spread by Jed Alexander. Plus the usual James Kochalka (Glorkian Warrior) nuttiness in "SpongeFunnies" and the usual informative aqua-facts by Maris Wicks (Primates)![60] July 8, 2015[60]
SpongeBobComicsNo47.jpg 47 A frozen fish stick has fallen into Bikini Bottom--and the savage cave-creature that emerges from the melted ice is wreaking prehistoric havok. Can SpongeBob tame this invader from above? Find out in "No More Mister Ice Guy!" Then Squidward figures out that "One Little Lie" can keep SpongeBob away--but there are consequences. Consequences that include a conga line! All this plus stories by Sam Henderson, Dean Haspiel, Jacob Chabot, and a cut-paper comic by Maëlle Doliveux![61] August 12, 2015[61]
SpongeBobComicsNo48.jpg 48 In our first all-Gary issue, SpongeBob's faithful pet snail meows his way through seven slimy stories! First, in "Have a Nice Day, Gary," Gary wriggles his way through calamity, coincidence, and cucumber eye treatments! Then, in "Gary Patty," SpongeBob names a new, experimental patty after Gary–but the snail's new celebrity may have unforeseen consequences. And in "Snail Foot," SpongeBob finally gets to experience life as a mollusk. Plus more gastropod action from Jen Wang, James Kochalka, and Maris Wicks![62] September 9, 2015[62]
SpongeBobComicsNo49.jpg 49 In a story we could only call “Patty Thing,” Squidward is pursued by a shambling terror made of discarded Krabby Patties--featuring a krusty creature drawn by the horrifying Stephen R. Bissette (Swamp Thing, Tyrant)! Then in “Monster Canyon,” SpongeBob must make a Krabby Patty delivery to an address from which no delivery boy has ever returned! PLUS: Sandy makes a costume; a monstrous episode of James Kochalka's “SpongeFunnies”; a scary “Flotsam and Jetsam”; and several creepy under-the-sea pinups![63] October 14, 2015[63]
SpongeBobComicsNo50.jpg 50 Landmark 50th issue! In "Mashup," SpongeBob and Patrick merge into one being--but SpongePat can't stop there. Soon the entire population of Bikini Bottom is one composite creature! Plus: A parody by Kaz, Krusty Krab confusion by Sam Henderson, a tale of SpongeBob OldPants by Michael T. Gilbert, and pinups by Lynne Naylor, David Petersen, and more![64] November 11, 2015[64]
SpongeBobComicsNo51.jpg 51 In our unprecedented underwater-gaming issue, Squidward gets REALLY into roleplaying--as a 5th level Mer-Bard with a magic flute in "Serpents and Sealords." Then SpongeBob and Patrick meet the creator of their favorite tabletop game "Legends of Aquaria!" Plus, a SpongeBob pinball spread by Jon Chad (Leo Geo), a Bikini Bottom video game tale by Zac Gorman (Costume Quest), and a surreal sequential sponge story by Bob Flynn! All wrapped up in a cover by Graham Annable that's a playable SpongeBob board game![65] December 9, 2015[65]
SpongeBobComicsNo52.jpg 52 Featuring the epic-length SpongeTale, "A New Dimension in Stupidity!" Sandy returns from a Texas vacation to find Bikini Bottom in ruins­–somehow, SpongeBob and Patrick got hold of her inventions and underwater havoc is being wreaked all over the place! Plus: The Krusty Krab becomes the theme-restaurant KrabbyLand, SpongeBob goes casual, and we meet the amazing and real Mimic Octopus![66] January 13, 2016[66]
SpongeBobComicsNo53.jpg 53 "Sea-quake!" The ocean floor rumbles and Bikini Bottom is split in two! But with a huge chasm separating SpongeBob from his beloved Krusty Krab, what's a poor fry cook to do? A certain Mr. Plankton has some ideas… Presented in SHAKE-O-RAMA, the deep sea's newest reading-gimmick sensation! Then in "Choose Your Words," SpongeBob and Patrick decide to cut the chatter and just speak one word for the rest of their silly lives. And you've never see one word wreak such havoc! All this plus “SpongeFunnies” by Kochalka and facts about Sea Cucumbers courtesy of Maris Wicks![67] February 10, 2016[67]
SpongeBobComicsNo54.jpg 54 A trio of thalassic-themed tales starring everyone's favorite pelagic pals from a fleet of coastal creators! In "Squirrel Scouts," Sandy introduces SpongeBob and Patrick to the world of sash-wearing, badge-earning, and cookie-selling! Then Plankton duplicates himself in "Only the Clonely." In "Daze Off," SpongeBob's vacation day is haunted by Krabby Patty hallucinations. All these plus more natatorial nuttiness from James Kochalka, Maris Wicks, and more![68] March 9, 2016[68]
SpongeBobComicsNo55.jpg 55 Come aboard for Part 1 of "The Ballad of Barnacle Bill"– the first of a two-part epic tale of witches, of sea monsters, of mermaids, of tough sailors made almost completely of wood--and of the yellow fry cook who loves them all! In this first chapter, SpongeBob joins forces with Barnacle Bill to find that legendary seaman's lost sweetheart! Plus: all about mermaids, “SpongeFunnies” by James Kochalka, and more![69] April 13, 2016[69]
SpongeBobComicsNo56.jpg 56 In part 2 of “The Ballad of Barnacle Bill”, SpongeBob and the ocean's saltiest sailor, Barnacle Bill, take on the deadly denizens of Rough ‘n’ Tough Reef–lowlife pirate scum, the sinister White Water Witch, a giant Fish Roc, and the belligerent bully Gangplank Gus! It's a thimbleful of thrilling theater with the excitement of an exploding Segar! PLUS: facts about hungry shipworms–by Maris Wicks! Gary fights Plankton–by James Kochalka and Hilary Barta! And more![70] May 11, 2016[70]
SpongeBobComicsNo57.jpg 57 NAUTICAL NOIR! In an issue featuring only the colors black, white, and yellow, Bikini Bottom is revealed as a soggy center of underwater crime, suspense, and paranoia. In “The Wrong Sponge,” SpongeBob is framed for the crime of vase-theft! And only Patrick can save him–so he's sunk. Then in “On the Lam,” meet a thief pursued across the oceans by this one relentless little square guy. And once you read “The Clarinet of Dr. Calamari,” you'll never look at octopi, reed instruments, or German Expressionist cinema the same! Plus: learn why Mermaid Man fears Crime Gully, see Patrick solve a non-crime, and more![71] June 8, 2016[71]
SpongeBobComicsNo58.jpg 58 Patrick and Larry the Lobster are the "Crusoem Twosome" in a 23-page SpongeBob epic with only a little bit of SpongeBob! When Patrick's allergies cause him and Larry to be marooned far from Bikini Bottom, it's all Larry can do to keep his buff composure and rock-hard cool! Will sea monsters, tidal waves, and a distressing lack of free weights prove deadlier than…being stuck 24-7 with Patrick? PLUS: SpongeBob catches a magic jellyfish; Gary loses his bowl, a new “SpongeFunnies” from James Kochalka; and more ocean facts from Maris Wicks![72] July 13, 2016[72]
JUN161216 1024x1024.jpeg 59 Mr. Krabs has run out of the salty salt he applies to Krabby Patties (for maximum beverage sales)! He and SpongeBob must venture to Bitter Flats, the driest part of the sea, for a new shaker full, but a Grizzly Sea Bear, a treacherous mine, and a mysterious stranger all stand in Krusty commerce's way--in a story Chuck Dixon had to call "Dry Noon!" Also: Can Sandy and SpongeBob tame the majestic wild sea horse known as…Sprinkles? Plus: SpongeFunnies, ocean facts, Squidward's musical nightmare, and something called a Nudibranch Ranch![73] August 10, 2016[73]
STL015932 w400.jpg 60 During a quiet shift at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob serves a perfect Krabby Patty to super-famous action movie star Randy Albacore--but no one will believe SpongeBob's tale of his brush with fame! Branded a liar, is there anything SpongeBob can do to rescue his reputation…and to keep his square pants from catching fire? Then Sandy has to prepare her dome for the imminent arrival of her fussy Aunt Hazel from Texas…but a broken diving suit, an angry mob, along with the "helpful" SpongeBob and Patrick, mean that Sandy will have to do some quick inventing to save the day! Also: bank robbery in Bikini Bottom, a substitute Boating School teacher, and the legend of giant fry cook Paul Spatula![74] September 14, 2016[74]
SBComics 61.jpg 61 Mr. Krabs brings submerged supernatural doom down upon the Krusty Krab when he tries to squeeze extra pennies out of a seemingly poor old harmless SEA WITCH! But why does her terrible spell affect everyone but Patrick? Find out in "The Krusty Curse!" Then, in "The House on Jellyfish Fields," cartoonist Graham Annable (Grickle, Box Trolls, Coraline) writes and draws an eerie wordless tale of SpongeBob on the run from the spooky denizens of a mysterious mansion. Plus: a double page cutaway view of a very haunted (and very familiar) pineapple house by Bob Flynn (Bravest Warriors) and Jim Campbell (Over the Garden Wall). All this plus a feature on "real" ghost ships from folklore and “SpongeFunnies” by James Kochalka![75] October 12, 2016[75]
SpongeBob Comics No. 62.png 62 MARITIME MYTH ISSUE! Squidward is determined to educate those morons SpongeBob and Patrick about the glories of classic myths and legends. What could go wrong? It's not like evil spirits in the Bikini Bottom Museum of (Not Actually) History could possess Patrick and make him take on qualities of destructive deities from world mythology--right? Read "Squidward's Mythological Madness" to find out how non-rhetorical that question is! Also: see SpongeBob take in an exile from King Neptune's court! Learn about sea monsters of fact AND fable! And thrill to a battle of the beards as King Neptune takes on the Flying Dutchman! All wrapped up in a cover by George O'Connor, cartoonist of the Olympians series.[76] November 9, 2016[76]
SpongeBob Comics No. 63.png 63 "Who Is Mermaid Girl?" Part 1 of 2. Sandy and SpongeBob set out to discover the identity of the mysterious Mermaid Girl–a plucky heroine who has aided Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy for years. But first they have to confront the deadly, non-dexterous Hammerhands Shark! Also, Mr. Krabs tricks Patrick and SpongeBob into cutting his mother's terrifying lawn in “Mama Trauma”. Plus: Meet SpongeBob's new imaginary friend–courtesy of your real friend James Kochalka (Quit Your Job)–and check out Patrick's horrifying new look, as designed by David DeGrand (Garfield, Uncle Grandpa).[77] December 14, 2016[77]
SpongeBob Comics No. 64.png 64 What's SpongeBob to do when a litter of six baby snails is left meowing and hungry on his pineapple's doorstep? And what's Gary to do when all of SpongeBob's time is taken up by the cuddly critters? Find out in “Litter Box Blues,” featuring the art of Ignatz Award nominee Carolyn Nowack (Lumberjanes). Plus, in “Who Is Mermaid Girl?” (Part 2 of 2), SpongeBob and Sandy are getting closer to the truth about Mermaid Girl's identity–and the final clue lies in a legendary lost episode of the “Mermaid Man” TV show! Also: SpongeBob goes virtual jellyfishing, holds a best-friend contest, and more![78] January 11, 2017[78]
SpongeBob Comics No. 65.png 65 Nobody calls Sandy Cheeks a "tenderfoot"–but when the gauntlet is thrown by SpongeBob and Patrick, she's on a tear to prove she's the most rugged outdoors-squirrel in the seven seas! It's great fun until a certain underwater volcano catches her eye… Then, in "Plankton's Imagination," SpongeBob takes pity on that poor tiny terror Eugene Plankton and teaches him the joys of inspiration and creativity. But is that a good idea? Plus: fun facts about real plankton from Maris Wicks (Coral Reefs), SpongeFunnies by James Kochalka (Glorkian Warrior), and more![79] February 8, 2017[79]
SpongeBob Comics No. 66.jpg 66 Pencils the Pirate–the buccaneer who draws all yer fav'rit SpongeBob funnies–has gone mad, and two pirate fans must track down the wayward artist to get their grimy paws on the latest comic starring their favorite sea sponge! It's a tale of treasure and betrayal with amazing art by Jerry Ordway (Superman, Avengers) and Dave DeGrand (MAD, Garfield). Also: SpongeBob terrifies Bikini Bottom with his remote-controlled Mermaid Man action figure, a snooty sponge visits from another dimension, and we all learn some freaky facts about the history of swimming![80] March 8, 2017[80]
SpongeBob Comics No. 67.jpg 67 In “Sandwich Panic”, Patrick and SpongeBob discover a hipster cafe with artisanal, locally-sourced sandwiches–that are more delicious than Krabby Patties! SpongeBob must stop this upstart eatery, even if it means teaming up with the nefarious Plankton! And in part 2 of “Lost Booty” freebooters Fanboy Beard and Deckhand Dottie continue their mad race to track down the lost SpongeBob comic by the Mad Pirate Pencils! All this plus “SpongeFunnies” by James Kochalka, facts about pirate pets, and more![81] April 12, 2017[81]
SpongeBob Comics No. 68.jpg 68 The irresistibly insipid harmonies of the pop quartet BØBÖ have conquered the Seven Seas, and the band is touring every major city under the waves…except Bikini Bottom. To catch the band live, their most spazziest fan, a young fry cook named SpongeBob, must hit the road with his boating instructor, Mrs. Puff. But can Puff--and BØBÖ themselves--survive traffic jams, food allergies, and…SpongeBob's driving? Find out in "Take a Boat to BØBÖ!" Also, in part 3 of "Lost Booty," Deckhand Dottie and Fanboy Beard break into Pirate Prison for the next chapter of the lost SpongeBob comic! Plus “SpongeFunnies” by Kochalka and ocean facts from Maris Wicks![82] May 10, 2017[82]
SpongeBob Comics No. 69.jpeg 69 With SpongeBob in tow, Mermaid Man flashes back to a previously forgotten era of his heroic history--his adventures as Monster Master of Terror Trench! But what's the improbable secret of Mermaid Man's former monster sidekick? Find out as MM and SpongeBob “Return to Terror Trench!” Also: In part 4 of “Lost Booty” the quest of two humble pirates for the greatest SpongeBob comic ever continues…in the belly of a whale! Plus: “SpongeFunnies” by James Kochalka and ocean fact comics by Maris Wicks![83] June 14, 2017[83]
SpongeBob Comics No. 70.jpeg 70 Learn the final fate of renegade SpongeBob Comics artist Pencils the Pirate in the stupefying conclusion to "LOST BOOTY!" Stranded on a becalmed ship in the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Pencils struggles against two frightful foes: a horrible sea monster and worse–writer's block! There's but one thing that can save his nautical bacon–SpongeBob himself! But how will our yellow, porous hero get to the surface in time? Find out in this reality-bending yarn of deadlines and doofuses! Plus underwater floods, ocean facts, and “SpongeFunnies” by James Kochalka![84] July 12, 2017[84]
SpongeBob Comics No. 71.jpg 71 It's our first "Will You Please Be Quiet" issue–featuring not as many words as usual! First, in an epic tale by Graham Annable (Box Trolls, Grickle), King Neptune can't stand the racket made by the denizens of Bikini Bottom, so he casts a Bubble of Silence over the whole town–as underwater deities often do. But the shenanigans of SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and Plankton won't be stopped by a mere lack of sound­–and they may prove the undoing of Neptune himself! Plus: a silent “SpongeFunnies” by Kochalka; a wordless “Flotsam & Jetsam: Ocean Facts” by Maris Wicks; and two more stories where the only sound…will be your own laughter! (Void where prohibited).[85] August 9, 2017[85]
SpongeBob Comics No. 72.png 72 On a bubble-blowing break at work, SpongeBob accidentally invents the Bubble Burger–and it becomes a craze that sweeps the ocean floor! As demand rises, Mr. Krabs pushes SpongeBob to blow more and more Bubble Burgers–regardless of the pulmonary price! There is no way this could backfire, right? Also in this issue, SpongeBob on a slow bus! Plankton versus Patrick's ant farm! Plus: Ocean facts from Maris Wicks and “SpongeFunnies” by James Kochalka.[86] September 13, 2017[86]
SpongeBob Comics No. 73.png 73 Mavens of the maritime macabre, TAKE NOTE! In this issue, a terrible pirate curse brings SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs face to carapace with an unsavory undead pirate crew! But help is on its way in the form of the ocean’s toughest occult detective—Mama Krabs!? Watch her work her magic in “The Curse of the S.S. Unpleasant”. Also in this issue: Patrick versus Plankton (with art by Hilary Barta), legends of seaside ghosts (with art by Vanessa Davis), and spooky “SpongeFunnies” (with art by James Kochalka!).[87] October 11, 2017[87]
SpongeBob Comics No. 74.jpg 74 It’s our Finny Friendship Issue—celebrating aquatic affinity among the denizens of Bikini Bottom! See SpongeBob dare the dangers of dry land to save his (debatable) friendship with Squidward! Witness SpongeBob and Patrick fall out over a dumb TV cartoon program! Observe SpongeBob’s invisible imaginary friend—or at least read a good description of him! Plus: Squidward befriends a flower in “SpongeFunnies”; and science cartoonist Maris Wicks tells us about real world fish “friends”—sharks and remoras![88] November 8, 2017[88]
SPONGEBOB-COMICS-75.png 75 SPECIAL SPONGEFUNNIES ISSUE! James Kochalka’s off-model, chibi-like short SpongeBob strips have entertained readers since SpongeBob Comics #1—now “SpongeFunnies” are busting out into a full-length ultra-cute epic story—“Skate the Cake!” If you like SpongeBob, Squidward, skateboards, cakes, volcanoes, underwater deserts, and famous movie star Duke McGill, then you are cool. AND you will love this issue! Also inside: Sandy’s chore day goes awry; a pirate club recruits SpongeBob; and Patrick bounces stuff off his belly! All this plus “Ocean Facts” from Maris Wicks![89] December 13, 2017[89]
STL067804.jpg 76 “UNTIDALED” Part 1 of 2! All the water in Bikini Bottom is being sucked away to parts unknown, and SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs, and Sandy must help its denizens survive the onslaught of air—and then set out across the muddy flats to bring the ocean back! Finally, a sort of reverse, right-side-up “Poseidon Adventure” with talking animals! Plus: see SpongeBob work out on the beach, observe model-boat building with Mrs. Puff, and read more “SpongeFunnies” by James Kochalka![90] January 10, 2018[90]
ErprTCb.jpg 77 “UNTIDALED” Part 2 of 2! SpongeBob and friends discover where all the ocean water has gone, and it’s a really big pickle jar with a VERY tight lid…openable only by a GIGANTIC FISH-EATING KRAKEN (formerly a DJ). Can the Bikini Bottom rescue squad free the sea? Also in this issue: SpongeBob can’t go to work due to a severe case of crying face! Mr. Krabs’s hand-crafted new piggy bank gets totaled in the fryer! Plus: “SpongeFunnies” by James Kochalka and ocean facts from Maris Wicks![91] February 14, 2018[91]
STL073633.jpg 78 Freak circumstances conspire to make SpongeBob’s buck teeth grow out-of-control—threatening to demolish, or at least radically redesign, the Krusty Krab as we know it! Can SpongeBob’s friends avoid dental disaster and knock his choppers down to size? Find out in “Healthy Teeth” by hot SpongeBob storyboard artist John Trabbic! Plus, delightful detail-meister Brian Smith (Tree Friends) brings you “Mini-Golf Madness”–five spreads of spectacular bird’s eye panel panoramas detailing Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob’s journey through the ocean’s finest mini-golf course! Plus: “SpongeFunnies” by James Kochalka, ocean facts from Maris Wicks, and more![92] March 14, 2018[92]
STL076277.jpg 79 It's all-out aquatic op-ed war as Plankton and Mr. Krabs engage in the extreme sport of editorial cartooning in the newspapers of Bikini Bottom! Their slanderous scribblings even draw SpongeBob and Squidward into the destructive conflict-threatening everything they hold dear! Find out who gets the last laugh in 'The Cross-Hatch of Despair!' Also: the threat of whirlpools forces Mr. Krabs to activate 'The Buddy System,' which means Squidward and SponegBob must stay close together all day! And in 'Facial Hair Scare,' a fake beard mishap throws Patrick into an identity crisis! All this plus 'Ocean Facts' by Maris Wicks and 'SpongeFunnies' by James Kochalka! April 11, 2018
STL079165.jpg 80 The secret formula is just PART of what makes a Krabby Patty delicious—there is also…THE METHOD, SpongeBob’s crucial food prep procedure…and Squidward MUST LEARN IT! But can he bear to study at the (cute) feet of a spongy sensei who drives him bonkers? Find out in “Method Madness”! Then in “Can’t Get Much Commoner,” King Neptune decides, perhaps unwisely, to learn about the simple pleasures of mortals by spending a day with two mortal simpletons—SpongeBob and Patrick. Also: Patrick decides to live the rest of his life in a kelp maze, and Mr. Krabs wants to win a place in the Underwater Book of Records. All this plus ocean facts by Maris Wicks and “SpongeFunnies” by James Kochalka![93] May 9, 2018[93]
STL081792.jpg 81 Squidward is all set to find inner peace with a famous spiritual yoga master—until he’s joined by guru-curious SpongeBob and Patrick! An inner journey turns into an ordeal of psychic stupidity. See an infinity of SpongeBobs! Witness the nothingness within Patrick! Can Squidward possibly find oneness while surrounded by dumbness? You’ll see in “You’re Not My Swami!” Then in “Pennies for Patties,” Mr. Krabs’ quest for a super-rare penny turns the Krusty Krab into a giant bin of copper coinage! But what if one of his employees finds the rare penny first? All this plus “SpongeFunnies” by James Kochalka and ocean facts from Maris Wicks![94] June 13, 2018[94]
STL084897.jpg 82 SpongeBob is having fun with his new hobby—tinkering with robots that do simple tasks like…flipping patties! Mr. Krabs seizes on the opportunity to robotize the entire Krusty Krab! But when the mechanical replacements turn on Krabs, SpongeBob must don the tight-fitting tunic of SPONGEBOB: ROBOTFIGHTERPANTS! Then in “Secret Identities,” SpongeBob finds out that Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy don’t have secret identities! SpongeBob and Patrick help the aged heroes rectify this blatant disregard for superhero tropes by… becoming, themselves, the secret identities of their favorite heroes?! Also, in this issue: a self-driving boat may be the key to SpongeBob finally getting his boating license! Plus: “SpongeFunnies” by James Kochalka and ocean facts from Maris Wicks![95] July 11, 2018[95]
STL088976.jpg 83 Plankton has taken over another issue! In “The Goo, The Bad, and the Ugly,” the little green megalomaniac tastes success at last as Bikini Bottom tastes the Chum Bucket’s new amazing spicy sauce! Then, in “Plankton’s Country Cousin,” microscopic hillbilly relative Rupert makes time with Plankton’s very own computer wife, Karen! Can SpongeBob help Plankton find a different love match for Rupert? Plus: 6 pages of Sponge-insanity from Bill Wray, “SpongeFunnies” by James Kochalka, and ocean facts by Maris Wicks![96] August 8, 2018[96]
XXAf9e0.jpg 84 This one has it all! Public transportation transforms SpongeBob’s neighborhood in “Stop That Bus Stop!” Patrick, Sandy, and SpongeBob gear up for extreme underwater water tubing in “Tube Newb”! And Mr. Krabs takes a treasure-hunting voyage with an old pal in “I’m Goin’ on an Adventure, Boys!” Plus: “SpongeFunnies”, ocean facts, and a psychedelic cover by comics legend Paul Kirchner (The Bus, Epic, Heavy Metal, Awaiting the Collapse)![97] September 12, 2018[97]
SpongeBob Comics 85.jpeg 85 United Plankton Pictures is taking an extended shore leave, so #85 will be our last for a while. For now we present our 7th annual October assemblage of spooky submerged stories! In “Creature from Goo Lagoon”, Graham Annable (Grickle, Boxtrolls, Puzzle Agent) writes and draws the tale of a lonely monster…who makes the mistake of kidnapping Patrick to keep him company! Then, in “Dutchman Went Down to Bikini Bottom,” Derek Drymon (Adventure Time, SpongeBob SquarePants Movie) and Jacob Chabot (Deadpool Team-Up, Mighty Skullboy Army) team to show how even selling his soul can’t help Squidward’s clarinet playing. And Bob Flynn (Bravest Warriors) brings vampires to Bikini Bottom. All this plus facts about the deepest depths of the sea—by Maris Wicks (The Human Body Show) and SpongeFunnies by James Kochalka (Glorkian Warrior).[98] October 10, 2018[98]

Specials annual issues

Super-Giant Swimtacular

Cover Issue Description Date
SpongeBob Comics Annual No. 1.jpeg 1 Roll out the red cape! The SpongeBob Comics Swimtacular celebrates the submarine superheroics of SpongeBob's idols, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, in forty-eight all-new pages! First, bear witness to a reunion of Mermaid Man's Golden Age team, the Aquatic Adventurers, in a story we could only call "Lo, There Shall Be a Catered Event," featuring funky flashbacks by Jerry Ordway (Superman)! Then, SpongeBob and Patrick's game of superheroes goes from silly to sillier, when they encounter the quiet-loving super-fiend known only as Mendu! Who could this green, big-nosed, tentacled villain possibly be? Next, legendary Silver Age artist Ramona Fradon (Metamorpho) returns to SpongeBob Comics to draw the never-before-seen Mermaid Man classic "Sidekick Blues," featuring the sinister Controlling Conch and the rarely sighted Edwardian Age Mermaid Man. All this plus a tour of the Mermalair, Plankton and Gary's brief super-careers, spoofs of classic comic book ads, and a double-page spread depicting every Bikini Bottom superhero and villain![99] June 19, 2013[99]
SpongeBob Comics Annual No. 2.jpeg 2 United Plankton Pictures presents its second annual 48-page swimtacular, filled with super-themed stories by some of the finest cartoonists on dry land! When Mr. Krabs is kidnapped by a bitter restaurant critic (is there any other kind?) Squidward must reveal his super-secret identity--the tentacled avenger known as…the Squishy Knight! But can he and a huge crowd of very familiar-looking superheroes (especially that yellow one with the holes) possibly blunder their way to victory? And then, when food purchases go awry, you have a champion--TWO champions--as Patrick and SpongeBob try out the superhero business in "Convenient Heroes." Next, in "I Will Destroy All the Civilized Planktons," Plankton experiences cosmic justice from Dustar, the Wizard Supreme. It's a tale of ineffectual vengeance by Paul Karasik (RAW) and R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics). Plus: ads for ill-conceived Mermaid Man products and a Mermaid Man western adventure with art by comics legend José Delbo (Wonder Woman, Judge Colt)![100] June 18, 2014[100]
SpongeBob-Annual-3-Cover.png 3 This year, the SpongeBob Comics Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular charts a course for the future--in science-fictional dystopian yarns like “Mermaid Man 39,616 AD,” “SpongeBob ConsumerPants,” “Bikini Bottom Wasteland,” and “Planet of the Squids.” They're all framed by a piratey tale drawn by comics legend Ramona Fradon! Plus, enjoy Patrick's singular vision of things to come in “The Future is Wow” by James Kochalka, and a back cover pinup by Jake Parker (Missile Mouse) showing all your underwater pals as maritime mechanical robots![101] June 17, 2015[101]
SpongeBob Comics Annual No. 4.jpeg 4 United Plankton's annual Swimtacular is a saturated celebration of super heroics! In “SpongeBob BabysitterPants” Mermaid Man is turned into a mewling infant in a Mermalair mishap. And guess who babysits him? Then comics legend Neal Adams depicts a new more relevant, more groovy Mermaid Man in a story we didn't have to call “The Green Harpoon's Challenge!” Also: advertisements for next year's Saturday morning cartoon cause a crisis in SpongeBob's life, Pearl has a comic convention at the Krusty Krab, and Patrick becomes the new embarrassingly clad hero Speed o' Lightning![102] June 15, 2016[102]
SpongeBob-Annual-5-Cover.png 5 It's a selection of soggy sword-and/or-sorcery sagas by some of comics' finest creators! In “Krill the Conqueror” by Braden Lamb & Shelly Paroline (“Adventure Time”), a tiny barbarian pest vows to retake his vermin people's lost kingdom, the Krusty Krab--but why is SpongeBob helping him? Next in “The Scheme of the Sinister Submersible”, Mermaid Man–armed only with lame party tricks–must rescue that famous aquatic wizard the Divining Diver from the depths of Damp Dimension! Then read along with Patrick and SpongeBob as they make their way through a Dangers & Dead Ends Pick-Your-Own-Predicament book—“The Monster Boat of Frighfulness!” All this brought to you wrapped in a Jacob Chabot cover that's a veritable handbook of advanced hilarity. You'll be dragon your friends to read it when you're dungeon with it![103] June 21, 2017[103]
SB-Annual-6-Cover.png 6 Classics Ahoy!” Why are SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs starring in a Bikini Bottom mashup of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Treasure Island, Moby-Dick, and more maritime masterpieces? It’s simple: The dread Censor Ship has ordered SpongeBob Comics’ creative crew, the United Plankton pirates, to clean up their act—OR WALK THE PLANK! Henceforth, all SpongeBob Comics must be educational and literary, to boot! But as SpongeBob and friends go on their highfalutin’ quest through a bunch of literary rip-offs—er, homages, the true spirit of SpongeBob sneaks its way into the narrative—in the form of Patrick and SpongeBob’s new silly Squishy Dance! Nautical nonsense and snooty literature fight for control of the comic…and for the very lives of the United Plankton crew! And after the epic: 4-pinups by R. Sikoryak (The Unquotable Trump!) featuring SpongeBob and friends as the stars of Shakespeare’s greatest plays! [104] June 20, 2018

Freestyle Funnies

Cover Issue Description Date
SpongeBob Freestyle Funnies 2012 Cover.jpeg 1 This year, Bongo Comics and United Plankton Pictures have teamed up to bring you a double-dipped flipbook of four-color comic free-ness with the 2012 Bongo Comics Free-For-All!/SpongeBob Comics Freestyle Funnies. This year’s issue starts off with a proud tale from the boasting barflies of Moe’s Tavern, as they recount their close encounter with marauding beasts as members of the Springfield Bear Patrol. Sergio Aragonés joins the fun with a story from his past of how he made his first peso as an underground and underage artist. Then, flip the book over for two of the swimmingest SpongeBob sagas from the series' hard-to-find earliest issues. In "Squidward and the Golden Clarinet," SpongeBob reads an issue of Mermaid Man to a less-than-welcoming Squidward. But this story has a musical hook even Squidward can’t resist. Plus: a page of gags that goes off the deep end by indie artiste James Kochalka.[105] May 5, 2012[105]
ComicFCBD2FF2013.jpg 2 United Plankton brings you a completely original collection of SpongeBob comics for FCBD 2013. In "Paint Misbehavin'" Squidward teaches SpongeBob and Patrick how to paint realistically--but how did they learn to bring their painted creations to life? Then in "Day of the Free Comic" SpongeBob must foil Plankton's latest plan: invading the Krusty Krab inside a...giveaway comic book! Will funny books ever be the same? And: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy take on a new villain: the sultry Catfishstress. All this plus facts about the colorful cuttlefish, a fill-in comic, and a preview of this summer's SpongeBob superhero-themed annual![106] May 4, 2013[106]
SBFSF2014.jpeg 3 United Plankton's all-new SpongeBob comic book for FCBD 2014 starts with "Relocate!", in which we finally learn the answer to the age-old question: "What if Squidward, SpongeBob, and Patrick's houses all became giant robot creatures and stomped around Bikini Bottom?" Also: the debut of the saltwater super-sensation, Mermaid Girl, and SpongeBob schools Patrick in the ways of comic-book making in "SpongeBob ComicSnob!" Plus: comics from James Kochalka, Sam Henderson, Nate Neal, and Andy Rementer! May 3, 2014
SpongeBob Freestyle Funnies 2015 Cover.jpeg 4 This year's SpongeBob Comics FCBD offering features a 22-page story by Boxtrolls director and Grickle cartoonist Graham Annable. In "Tangy!" Plankton's new special sauce made from jellyfish jelly has strange effects on SpongeBob and Bikini Bottom's residents. The only one unaffected, the only one who can save them all, is a very reluctant Squidward. Plus more undersea sequential stories by James Kochalka, Maris Wicks, Gregg Schigiel. and other awesome aquatic artists![107] May 2, 2015[107]
SpongeBob Freestyle Funnies 2016 Cover.jpeg 5 32 pages of all-original comics from United Plankton Pictures! In "Renegade Arms," SpongeBob must grow extra appendages to deal with a huge influx of Krabby Patty orders. But without the proper training, the new arms are wreaking havoc! Then, in a brand-new Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy adventure - "Bedlam! In Bikini Bottom!" - the diluvian duo faces a fish egg... from space?! All this, plus deep truths about sea trenches from Maris Wicks, SpongeFunnies from James Kochalka, and more![108] May 7, 2016[108]
SpongeBob Freestyle Funnies 2017 Cover.jpeg 6 It's No Charge Funny Book Day in Bikini Bottom, and Mr. Krabs leads SpongeBob and the entire Bikini Bottom gang through adventure and peril on a quest for free items! But will Mr. Krabs learn the true meaning of No Charge Funny Book Day? Also: Mermaid Man on patrol! Plankton explores a new world! And facts about waterspouts - the ocean's tornados! All with a wraparound cover tribute to Famous Funnies #1 (the first comic book ever made!) by Eisner nominee R. Sikoryak.[109] June 21, 2017[109]
206471 1180155 4.jpg 7 Inspired by SpongeBob’s comic book obsession, Plankton teams up with underwater SUPER VILLAINS to steal the Krabby Patty formula! But he may have gotten in over his tiny green head when word of his plan gets out in the aquatic bad-guy community! Soon, the Chum Bucket is filled with every Mermaid Man adversary we could fit into one story….How will Mr. Krabs fend off this evil, if somewhat over-large, invasion? Find out in the aptly named lead story: “Super-Villain Team-Up.” Plus: In “Patrick Versus Somebody,” enjoy the spazzy antics of Patrick and SpongeBob as they attempt to transform Patrick into a living comic book! All this plus ocean facts from Maris Wicks and an amazing wraparound cover from Jacob Chabot![110] May 5, 2018[110]

Collected books

Cover Title Description Publisher Date
ComicCrazyBook.jpg Comic Crazy! What happened when Plankton donned a Patrick costume to try and weasel the Krabby Patty recipe out of SpongeBob? How did baking a "cheer up!" cake for Squidward get the Krusty Krab closed by the health inspector? Will SpongeBob ever make it back from Hiccup Island? Find out the answers to these mysteries and more in this first ever collection of hilarious SpongeBob comics, straight from the pages of Nick Magazine! Simon & Schuster June 9, 2009
Comiccrazy.jpg Comic Crazy: Take 2 What happened when SpongeBob discovered he was the only sea creature in Bikini Bottom with fingers? How does Patrick become SpongeBob's substitute teacher for boating school? Did SpongeBob ever find out what happened at the end of his new Mermaidman and Barnacleboy comic? Find out in this all new collection of SpongeBob comics! May 27, 2010
813GmWFM1qL.jpg Silly Sea Stories Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants! SpongeBob Comics: Silly Sea Stories is a collection of previously published material specially curated by SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg and some of the biggest names in comics. Silly Sea Stories includes short, self-contained classic SpongeBob stories. The book brings together the main characters and the rest of the undersea cast that fans know and love—all in an exciting new comic book adventure.[111] Amulet Books May 2, 2017[111] [112]
M.jpeg Aquatic Adventurers, Unite! Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants! SpongeBob Comics: Aquatic Adventurers, Unite! is a collection of previously published material specially curated by SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg and some of the biggest names in comics. Aquatic Adventurers, Unite! features stories with a superhero theme. The book brings together the main characters and the rest of the undersea cast that fans know and love—all in an exciting new comic book adventure.[112]
513s-0OaQjL. SX331 BO1,204,203,200 .jpg Tales from the Haunted Pineapple Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants! SpongeBob Comics: Tales from the Haunted Pineapple is the third collection of previously published material specially curated by SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg. Tales from the Haunted Pineapple includes more than 15 short, self-contained stories by some of the biggest comics creators in the industry. These original stories feature all the fan favorites—from Patrick and Squidward to Sandy and Mr. Krabs—in original adventures you won’t see on television. Best of all, this book includes stories with spooky themes just in time for Halloween.[113] August 15, 2017[113]
Spongebob.jpg Treasure Chest SpongeBob Comics: Treasure Chest is a deluxe collection of the best previously published SpongeBob Comics stories, specially selected by creator Stephen Hillenburg, and geared toward the first generation of SpongeBob fans. This deluxe edition features a hardcover slipcase with die-cuts, art by some of the biggest comics creators in the industry (including Tony Millionaire and Al Jaffee), a bonus facsimile reprint of the first SpongeBob Comics issue, and an introduction by Stephen Hillenburg himself. The collection also includes new pinup artwork created specifically for this edition by Nathan Hale, Kaz, Gregg Schiegel Ross MacDonald, Dave Cooper, Renee French, Skottie Young, Sergio Aragones, Hillary Barta and Stephen DeStefano, and James Kochalka. Treasure Chest is one SpongeBob collection fans won’t want to miss![114] Abrams ComicArts October 3, 2017[114]

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