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.
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.
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. 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. Another Halloween-themed issue was released the following year featuring cartoonist Michael T. Gilbert.
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. Collaborators for the book included Drymon, Kochalka, Barta, Ramona Fradon, Chuck Dixon, Jerry Ordway, and Vincent Deporter. A second superhero-inspired annual was released in June 2014.
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. 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. Stephen Hillenburg died two months later, making a continuation of the series very uncertain.
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."
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." 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."
|Issue #||Caption||Release date|
|1||HE'S READY!||February 9, 2011|
|2||CAUTION: STUDENT BOATER!||April 13, 2011|
|3||HE'S GOT ISSUES!||June 8, 2011|
|4||BEWARE... THE DISHWASHER!||August 10, 2011|
|5||ANOTHER WORK OF ART FROM...||October 12, 2011|
|6||CRISIS OF INFINITIVE JERKS!||December 14, 2011|
|7||THE SAVAGE SPATULA OF...||February 8, 2012|
|8||DUMBIN' RIGHT AT YA!||April 11, 2012|
|9||CALLS IN THE WILD||June 13, 2012|
|10||SAFE-CRACKING UP!||July 11, 2012|
|11||MORE SWEET STORIES!||August 8, 2012|
|12||WELL DONE, SQUIDWARD!||September 12, 2012|
|13||HAUNTED 13TH ISSUE!||October 10, 2012|
|14||NOW UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT!||November 14, 2012|
|15||A STAR IS BURNED!||December 12, 2012|
|16||THE TREASURE OF CAPTAIN GOLDFISH||January 9, 2013|
|17||THE MAGAZINE FOR POROUS PUSHOVERS!||February 13, 2013|
|18||DRIVING DUTCHMAN||March 13, 2013|
|19||THE SEARCH FOR SQUIDWARD!||April 10, 2013|
|20||LORD OF THE KELP FOREST!||May 8, 2013|
|21||THE KRUSTY KRAB—NABBED!||June 12, 2013|
|22||BUBBLE DOUBLE TROUBLE||July 10, 2013|
|23||JELLY PANTS||August 14, 2013|
|24||HEADS AND TALES||September 11, 2013|
|25||SOGGY SUPERNATURAL STORIES!||October 9, 2013|
|26||SICK DAY||November 13, 2013|
|27||JELLYFISH COURT||December 11, 2013|
|28||CURSE OF THE KING KRABBE||January 8, 2014|
|29||SCIENTIFIC SQUIRREL STORIES FOR NUTS LIKE YOU!||February 12, 2014|
|30||ALAS, POOR SANDWICH||March 12, 2014|
|31||GOT ANY... IDIOTS?||April 9, 2014|
|32||SHOWDOWN AT THE SHADY SHOALS||May 14, 2014|
|33||SUMMER SMASH!||June 11, 2014|
|34||RIDE 'EM, HORSIEPANTS!||July 9, 2014|
|35||PLANKTON'S PLAYTIME!||August 13, 2014|
|36||THE ALL-NEW! ALL-DIFFERENT!||September 10, 2014|
|37||UNDERWATER DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES||October 8, 2014|
|38||COMFY-COZY CRISIS!||November 12, 2014|
|39||VHS TAPE STARRING PATCHY AND POTTY||December 10, 2014|
|40||PANICKY VOLCANO ISSUE||January 14, 2015|
|41||NOW PLAYING! EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT!||February 11, 2015|
|42||SPOT THE DIFFERENCES!||March 11, 2015|
|43||GET YOUR CLAWS OUT||April 8, 2015|
|44||PATTY HUMOR!||May 13, 2015|
|45||MINT CONDITION!||June 10, 2015|
|46||THE MENACE OF THE MOLA MOLA!||July 8, 2015|
|47||THE FISH STICK COMETH||August 12, 2015|
|48||A VERY GARY ISSUE!||September 9, 2015|
|49||ABSORBENT, YELLOW AND MONSTROUS IS HE!||October 14, 2015|
|50||MARITIME MASHUP!||November 11, 2015|
|51||THE CORAL FOREST: The All-Wet Game for Lucky Lubbers!||December 9, 2015|
|52||TRAPPED IN DIMENSION DUH!||January 13, 2016|
|53||SHAKE-O-RAMA||February 10, 2016|
|54||3 SEAWORTHY STORIES!||March 9, 2016|
|55||THE BALLAD OF BARNACLE BILL: PART 1||April 13, 2016|
|56||THE BALLAD OF BARNACLE BILL: PART 2||May 11, 2016|
|57||NAUTICAL NOIR||June 8, 2016|
|58||LARRY AND PATRICK: TWO MAROONS||July 13, 2016|
|59||DRY NOON||August 10, 2016|
|60||LIAR! LIAR! SQUAREPANTS ON FIRE!||September 14, 2016|
|61||TERRIFYING TALES OF THE DEEP!||October 12, 2016|
|62||TWILIGHT OF THE CLODS||November 9, 2016|
|63||WHO IS MERMAID GIRL? (PART 1 OF 2)||December 14, 2016|
|64||GO, SNAIL BABIES, GO!||January 11, 2017|
|65||SANDY'S TREK||February 8, 2017|
|66||LOST BOOTY! (Part 1 o' 5)||March 8, 2017|
|67||IT'S HIP TO BE SQUAREPANTS||April 12, 2017|
|68||ROCKIN' DOWN THE BOATWAY!||May 10, 2017|
|69||RETURN TO TERROR TRENCH!||June 14, 2017|
|70||LOST BOOTY! (Part 5 o' 5)||July 12, 2017|
|71||SPECIAL WORDLESS ISSUE!||August 9, 2017|
|72||September 13, 2017|
|73||CURSE OF THE S.S. UNPLEASANT!||October 11, 2017|
|74||FISHY FRIENDS 4-EVER!||November 8, 2017|
|75||EPIC SPONGE-FUNNIES||December 13, 2017|
|76||UNTIDALED PART 1 OF 2||January 10, 2018|
|77||UNTIDALED PART 2 OF 2||February 14, 2018|
|78||TO INFINI-TEETH!||March 14, 2018|
|79||April 11, 2018|
|80||SQUIDWARD'S KITCHEN ADVENTURE||May 9, 2018|
|81||JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE SPONGE!||June 13, 2018|
|82||July 11, 2018|
|83||BITE INTO OUR PLANKTON ISSUE!||August 8, 2018|
|84||September 12, 2018|
|85||TERRIFYING TALES OF UNDERWATER IDIOCY!||October 10, 2018|
Free Comic Book Day (Freestyle Funnies)
- ^ Bob Flynn on Twitter
- ^ Joey Weiser on Twitter
- ^ Zac Gorman on Twitter
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- ^ Langshaw, Mark (November 11, 2010). 'SpongeBob' comics on the way. Digital Spy. Retrieved on April 8, 2014.
- ^ Johnston, Rich (July 18, 2012). Steve Bissette Returns To Comics With Spongebob Squarepants. Bleeding Cool. Retrieved on April 8, 2014.
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- ^ In Stores 6/18/14. Bongo Comics. Retrieved on 9 July 2014.
- ^ http://icv2.com/articles/news/view/35122/abrams-gets-spongebob
- ^ https://twitter.com/IanBoothby/status/1021860190012882944
- ^ Nevett, Chad (February 12, 2011). Review: SpongeBob Comics #1. Comic Book Resources. Retrieved on April 8, 2014.
- ^ Mozzocco, J. Caleb (June 18, 2013). Review: 'Spongebob Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular' #1. School Library Journal. Retrieved on April 8, 2014.
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