SpongeBob Comics

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SpongeBob Comics (series)
Cover for SpongeBob Comics #1. Art by Sherm Cohen.
Publication information
PublisherUnited Plankton/Bongo Comics
FormatOngoing series
Publication dateFebruary 2011 — October 2018
No. of issues138
Main character(s)SpongeBob SquarePants
Creative team
Created byStephen Hillenburg
Written byVarious
Penciller(s)Graham Annable
Rob Leigh
Editor(s)Chris Duffy

SpongeBob Comics was a comic book series based on the animated TV show SpongeBob SquarePants, published by United Plankton Pictures 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.


The SpongeBob SquarePants characters had appeared before in comic stories within Nickelodeon Magazine and Tokyopop's Cinemanga series, but they never featured in their own comic book until SpongeBob Comics, which was announced by creator Stephen Hillenburg in November 2010. Debuting in February 2011, the series is published by United Plankton Pictures in association with Bongo Comics.[1] Along with Hillenburg, independent comic creators who contributed to the first issue include James Kochalka, Hilary Barta, Graham Annable, Gregg Schigiel, and Jacob Chabot.[2][3] 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.[4] Another Halloween-themed issue was released the following year featuring cartoonist Michael T. Gilbert.[5]

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 Chabot that was influenced by the Marvel Comics annuals of the 1960s.[5] Collaborators for the book included Drymon, Kochalka, Barta, Ramona Fradon, Chuck Dixon, Jerry Ordway, and Vincent Deporter.[6] A second superhero-inspired annual was released in June 2014.[7]

The comic book series ended following Bongo Comics' closure in October 2018. Stephen Hillenburg died the next month on November 26, 2018.[8]


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."[9]

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."[6] 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."[10]


Issue #85 Release date Caption Title Story Art Colors Lettering
1 February 9, 2011 HE'S READY! Waking Up Is Hard to Do Graham Annable Pencils: Gregg Schigiel
Inks: Adam DeKraker
Rick Nielsen Comicraft
Stylin' Sponge Chris Duffy Andy Rementer
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy vs. the Octopus King James Kochalka Hilary Barta Rick Nielsen
GlowSponge Bob Flynn
They're Playing My Tune David Lewman Jacob Chabot Mark Martin
Best Joke Ever Robert Leighton Vince DePorter Wes Dzioba
Midnight Snack Attack Corey Barba Wes Dzioba
2 April 13, 2011 CAUTION: STUDENT BOATER! Picture It! Derek Drymon Gregg Schigiel Molly Dolben Comicraft
Split Decision Robert Leighton Jacob Chabot Mark Martin
Star Studded Cast Chris Duffy Andy Rementer
All Wrapped Up Scott Roberts Gregg Schigiel Rick Nielsen
A Swell Time Bob Flynn
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
Grandma's Cookies Bob Flynn
3 June 8, 2011 HE'S GOT ISSUES! Squidward and the Golden Clarinet Derek Drymon Gregg Schigiel, Ramona Fradon Mark Martin Comicraft, Rick Parker
A Peek Inside the Mind of Patrick Robert Leighton Vince DePorter Ellen Everett Vince DePorter
Weird Beard Chris Duffy Andy Rementer Comicraft
Krabby Gary David Lewman Jacob Chabot Rick Nielsen
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
Dial 'S' for Willie Jacob Lambert Vince DePorter Ellen Everett
One Afternoon in Spring Graham Annable Mark Martin
4 August 10, 2011 BEWARE... THE DISHWASHER! The Replacement Graham Annable Pencils: Gregg Schigiel
Inks: Adam DeKraker
Molly Dolben Comicraft
Look, Squidward, I Bought You a Special Surprise! Dave Roman Andy Rementer
Burn It Brian Smith Pencils: Gregg Schigiel
Inks: Adam DeKraker
Ellen Everett
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
SpongeBob! Wait!!! Joey Weiser Stephen DeStefano
Mental Delivery Scott Roberts Vince DePorter Rick Nielsen
Patrick's Big Secret Corey Barba Vince DePorter Mark Martin
A Plankton Family Tree Corey Barba Rick Nielsen
SpongeBob and Patrick Make a Funny Face Sam Henderson
5 October 12, 2011 ANOTHER WORK OF ART FROM... Day Off / Off Day Derek Drymon Gregg Schigiel Rick Nielsen Comicraft
Let 'Er Rip Jacob Lambert Vince DePorter Ellen Everett
Flotsam & Jetsam: The Aquatic Sponge Chris Duffy Nate Neal
Let's Go to the Vet's Office Dave Roman Andy Rementer
Truckin'! Chuck Dixon Stephen DeStefano Mark Martin
Squidward's Nightmare Robert Leighton Jacob Chabot Molly Dolben
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
Face 2 Face Joey Weiser Richard Thompson
6 December 14, 2011 CRISIS OF INFINITE JERKS! Bikini Bottom 2 Dani Michaeli Jacob Chabot Rick Nielsen Comicraft
Scared Square Casey Alexander Vince DePorter Monica Kubina
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
Where's Penny? Robert Leighton Gregg Schigiel Monica Kubina
Squidward Saves Television Gregg Schigiel Molly Dolben
Mr. Krabs' Pool Party Dave Roman Andy Rementer
SpongeBob CargoPants Corey Barba Julie Wilson
7 February 8, 2012 THE SAVAGE SPATULA OF... Missing Man! David Lewman Jacob Chabot Molly Dolben Comicraft
Gary's Hairball Adventure James Kochalka
Look Out Below! Graham Annable Molly Dolben
Flotsam and Jetsam Ocean Facts: Sea Stars Julie Winterbottom Nate Neal
Egg Hunt Joey Weiser Vince DePorter Monica Kubina
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
Krabby Klub Scott Shaw Jacob Chabot Monica Kubina
8 April 11, 2012 DUMBIN' RIGHT AT YA! Slip-Sledding Away Graham Annable Rick Nielsen Comicraft
The Tooth Shall Set You Free Corey Barba Jacob Chabot Mike DeVito
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
Jam Session Bob Flynn
Formula for Success Scott Roberts Vince DePorter Rick Nielsen Comicraft
Design Mrs. Puff's Dream Boat Dave Roman Andy Rementer
Sandy's New Invention Dave DeGrand
9 June 13, 2012 CALLS IN THE WILD Calls in the Wild Graham Annable Pencils: Gregg Schigiel
Inks: Adam DeKraker
Monica Kubina Comicraft
The Big Breakout Vince DePorter Ellen Everett
Sock It to Me (Part 1) Joey Weiser Graham Annable
PatStar NoPants Corey Barba Vince DePorter Mike LaPinski
Sock It to Me (Part 2) Joey Weiser Graham Annable
Heroes at the Beach David Lewman Vince DePorter Molly Dolben
Sock It to Me (Part 3) Joey Weiser Graham Annable
Flotsam and Jetsam Ocean Facts: Cephalopods Maris Wicks Nate Neal
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
10 July 11, 2012 SAFE-CRACKING UP! The Housesitter Scott Roberts Gregg Schigiel Michael Lapinski Comicraft
Cleaning Up Dave Roman Andy Rementer
Mermaid-Man and Barnacle Boy in Raising the Curtain of Evil! Robert Leighton Mark Martin
Mermaid-Man and Barnacle Boy vs. Plankton! James Kochalka Hilary Barta Rick Neilsen Comicraft
SpongeBob is The Key Jacob Lambert Vince DePorter Monica Kubina
SpongeBob Finds A Cave James Kochalka
Hold Still! Jay Lender Rick Neilsen
11 August 8, 2012 MORE SWEET STORIES!
12 September 12, 2012 WELL DONE, SQUIDWARD!
13 October 10, 2012 HAUNTED 13TH ISSUE!
14 November 14, 2012 NOW UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT!
15 December 12, 2012 A STAR IS BURNED!
17 February 13, 2013 THE MAGAZINE FOR POROUS PUSHOVERS! Trading Laces! A Knotty Adventure Robert Leighton Gregg Schigiel Hifi Comicraft
Secret Tunnel? Dave Roman
Filthy Habit Corey Barba Vince DePorter Molly Dolben
What Lurks Inside the Jelly Hive? Bob Flynn
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
Dye-ing For the Part David DeGrand
18 March 13, 2013 DRIVING DUTCHMAN Driving Dutchman David Lewman Vince DePorter Hifi Comicraft
Flotsam & Jetsam: Sea Snails Maris Wicks
Eye Drop Dani Michaeli Chris Eliopoulos
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
New Guy Corey Barba Gregg Schigiel Michael DeVito
The Legend of the Novella Graphica Jacob Lambert Ramona Fradon Jim Campbell
19 April 10, 2013 THE SEARCH FOR SQUIDWARD! Farewell, Squidward! Dani Michaeli Vince DePorter Hifi Comicraft
Welcome to the Annual ___ Dave Roman Travis Nichols
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
Clean Up in Aisle 10 Joey Weiser
Monstah Lobstah Cometh! Chuck Dixon Hilary Barta Monica Kubina
Locked Out David DeGrand
Morning Melody Derek Drymon Monica Kubina
20 May 8, 2008 LORD OF THE KELP FOREST! Sponge Monkey Derek Drymon Gregg Schigiel Monica Kubina Comicraft
Flotsam & Jetsam: Lobsters! Maris Wicks
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
Robocritic Jacob Lambert Stephanie Gladden Molly Dolben
Tiny Tales Karen Sneider Nate Neal
Friend Fair! David Lewman Graham Annable Hifi
21 June 12, 2013 THE KRUSTY KRAB—NABBED!
22 July 10, 2013 GET SUDSY!
23 August 14, 2013 JELLY PANTS
24 September 11, 2013 HEADS AND TALES The Money Tree Graham Annable HiFi Comicraft
Land Scapegoats Corey Barba
Squidmund Visits Scott Roberts Vince DePorter Mike DeVito Comicraft
25 October 9, 2013 SOGGY SUPERNATURAL STORIES! Gourd of Horror
26 November 13, 2013 SICK DAY
27 December 11, 2013 JELLYFISH COURT
28 January 8, 2014 CURSE OF THE KING KRABBE
30 March 12, 2014 ALAS, POOR SANDWICH
31 April 9, 2014 GOT ANY... IDIOTS?
33 June 11, 2014 SUMMER SMASH!
34 July 9, 2014 RIDE 'EM, HORSIEPANTS!
35 August 13, 2014 PLANKTON'S PLAYTIME!
36 September 10, 2014 THE ALL-NEW! ALL-DIFFERENT!
38 November 12, 2014 COMFY-COZY CRISIS!
40 January 14, 2015 PANICKY VOLCANO ISSUE
42 March 11, 2015 SPOT THE DIFFERENCES!
43 April 8, 2015 GET YOUR CLAWS OUT Fry Cook 2.0 Derek Drymon Gregg Schigiel Hifi Rob Leigh
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
Flotsam & Jetsam: Worms Maris Wicks
A New Label Maker! Joey Weiser Stephen DeStefano Levan Jihanian
Mommy Dearest Vince DePorter Monica Kubina
Hey, Squidward! Charles Brubaker
44 May 13, 2015 PATTY HUMOR!
45 June 10, 2015 MINT CONDITION!
47 August 12, 2015 THE FISH STICK COMETH No More Mr. Ice Guy Corey Barba N/A Rob Leigh
See for Yourself! Robert Leighton Gregg Schigiel Hi-Fi Rob Leigh
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka N/A Rob Leigh
48 September 9, 2015 A VERY GARY ISSUE!
50 November 11, 2015 MARITIME MASHUP!
51 December 9, 2015 THE CORAL FOREST Game Masters Joey Weiser Vince DePorter Monica Kubina Rob Leigh
When You Wish Upon a Pat Charles Brubaker
Flotsam & Jetsam: Play! Maris Wicks
For Amusement Only Jon Chad
Late One Night... Zac Gorman
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka Rob Leigh
Serpents & Sealords Corey Barba
52 January 13, 2016 TRAPPED IN DIMENSION-DUH!
53 February 10, 2016 Shake-O-Rama
54 March 9, 2016 3 SEAWORTHY STORIES! Squirrel Scout Cookies Gregg Schigiel Monica Kubina Rob Leigh
Patrick's Awesome Shop James Kochalka
Cheer Up! Charles Brubaker
Only the Clonely Brian Smith
Flotsam & Jetsam: Clones! Maris Wicks
Daze Off Joey Weiser Stephanie Yue
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
Fryer Follies Sam Henderson
55 April 13, 2016 THE BALLAD OF BARNACLE BILL: PART 1 The Ballad of Barnacle Bill: Part 1 Derek Drymon Jacob Chabot & Stephen DeStefano Hifi Rob Leigh
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
Flotsam Fables: Legends of the Deep Karen Sneider Vanessa Davis
One Krabby Patrick ...to Go Corey Barba
Mermaid Man at Home Sam Henderson Gregg Schigiel Monica Kubina
56 May 11, 2016 THE BALLAD OF BARNACLE BILL: PART 2 The Ballad of Barnacle Bill: Part 2 Derek Drymon Jacob Chabot & Stephen DeStefano Hifi Rob Leigh
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
Plankton Vs. Gary James Kochalka Hilary Barta Jason Millet
Goose on the Loose Corey Barba
Flotsam & Jetsam: Ship Worms Maris Wicks
57 June 8, 2016 NAUTICAL NOIR
59 August 10, 2016 DRY NOON
60 September 14, 2016 LIAR! LIAR! SQUAREPANTS ON FIRE! The Liar! Chuck Dixon Jacob Chabot Hifi Rob Leigh
Substitute Teacher! Charles Brubaker
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
The Legend of Paul Spatula David Lewman Vince DePorter Monica Kubina
Sandy's Aunt Scott Roberts
Flotsam & Jetsam: Submersibles Maris Wicks
Gallery Goof-Up David DeGrand
62 November 9, 2016 TWILIGHT OF THE CLODS
63 December 14, 2016 WHO IS MERMAID GIRL? (Part 1 of 2)
64 January 11, 2017 GO, SNAIL BABIES, GO!
65 February 8, 2017 SANDY'S TREK
66 March 8, 2017 LOST BOOTY! (Part 1 o' 5)
67 April 12, 2017 IT'S HIP TO BE SQUAREPANTS
70 July 12, 2017 LOST BOOTY! (Part 5 o' 5)
72 September 13, 2017
73 October 11, 2017 CURSE OF THE U.S.S. UNPLEASANT!
74 November 8, 2017 FISHY FRIENDS 4-EVER!
75 December 13, 2017 EPIC SPONGE-FUNNIES
76-77 January 10, 2018 & February 14, 2018 Untidaled
78 March 14, 2018 FROM HERE TO INFINI-TEETH! Stretching the Tooth! John Trabbic Hifi Rob Leigh
5th Annual Bikini Bottom Bicycle Sprint Israel Sanchez
Putt 'er There! Brian Smith
Flotsam and Jetsam Ocean Facts: Welcome to the Cleaning Station Maris Wicks
Shadow Play Charles Brubaker
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
79 April 11, 2018 A Crosshatch of Despair Charles Brubaker Jacob Chabot Monica Kubina Rob Leigh
Flotsam and Jetsam Ocean Facts: Eye Spy With My Big Fake Eye... Maris Wicks
SpongeBob's Facial Scare Carta Monir Carolyn Nowak
Great Manowar Migration in Bikini Bottom Cole Closser
The Buddy System David Lewman Vince DePorter Hifi
SpongeFunnies James Kochalka
Trash Day David DeGrand
Squilliam's Art Opening Carta Monir Kevin Scalzo Jim Campbell
80 May 9, 2018
81 June 13, 2018
82 July 11, 2018
83 August 8, 2018
84 September 12, 2018
85 October 10, 2018


Issue # Release date Caption Story titles Story Art Colors Lettering
1 June 19, 2013 Annual Super-Giant Swimtacular #1
2 June 18, 2014 Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular #2
3 June 17, 2015 Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular #3 Pegging Mrs. Puff
The Consumer is Always Right: A SpongeBob ConsumerPants Tale
The Future Is Wow!
Mermaid Man 39,616 AD
Planet of the Fish
4 June 15, 2016 Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular #4
5 June 21, 2017 Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular #5
6 June 20, 2018 Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular #6

Free Comic Book Day (Freestyle Funnies)[edit]

"*" = Comic is a compilation of comics from main SpongeBob Comics series, and half of a Simpsons Free Comic Book Day issue.

Issue # Release date Caption Title Story Art Colors Lettering
1 May 5, 2012 Freestyle Funnies*
2 May 4, 2013 Freestyle Funnies Paint Misbehavin' Derek Drymon Mike DeVito Comicraft
Flotsam & Jetsam: Camouflage Maris Wicks
MermaidMan & BarnacleBoy in: The Claws of the Catfishstress! Gregg Schigiel Lee Loughridge
A SpongeBob Fill-in Comic by You and Patrick Chris Duffy Andy Rementer
Day of the Free Comic Graham Annable Gregg Schigiel Hifi
Lo, There Shall Be a Catered Affair! (Special 4-page Preview!) Derek Drymon Derek Drymon & Jerry Ordway Mike Lapinski
3 May 3, 2014 Freestyle Funnies 2014 Relocate! Graham Annable Jacob Chabot Mike Lapinski Comicraft
Flipper Follies Sam Henderson
Yoga with Sandy Andy Rementer
MermaidMan & BarnacleBoy in: 8-Armed & Dangerous! Gregg Schigiel Comicraft
Underswimming Comics Corey Barba
SpongeBob, Wait! James Kochalka
4 May 2, 2015 Freestyle Funnies 2015 Tangy! Graham Annable Hifi Rob Leigh
Free Comic Book Dude James Kochalka
Flotsam & Jetsam: Stingers! Maris Wicks
Crush of the Deep Graham Annable Jacob Chabot Monica Kubina
One, Two... Free! Joey Weiser
5 May 7, 2016 Freestyle Funnies 2016 Farewell to my Arms! Israel Sanchez Ryan Hernandez Rob Leigh
Whirled View Robert Leighton Jacob Chabot
Flotsam & Jetsam: Underwater Mountains Maris Wicks
Patrick's Guide to Getting Stuff for Free James Kochalka
MermaidMan & BarnacleBoy in: Bedlam! in Bikini Bottom! Evan Dorkin Ramona Fradon Jim Campbell
6 May 6, 2017 Freestyle Funnies 2017 The Great Funnybook Giveaway! Jay Lender Jacob Chabot Hifi Rob Leigh
Flotsam & Jetsam: All About Waterspouts Steven Stern Nate Neal
MermaidMan & BarnacleBoy Cereal James Kochalka
The Stuff of Life! Robert Leighton Gregg Schigiel Monica Kubina
7 May 5, 2018 Freestyle Funnies 2018

Collected Editions[edit]

Title Some Material Collected From Publication dates ISBN
SpongeBob Comics #1: Silly Sea Stories SpongeBob Comics #2-9, 12, 14, 21, 23 & 29 May 2, 2017 978-1-4197-2319-3
SpongeBob Comics #2: Aquatic Adventurers, Unite! SpongeBob Comics #3, 7, 9, 10, 17, 19, 35, Annual 1, 2 & FCBD 2013 May 2, 2017 978-1-4197-2320-9
SpongeBob Comics #3: Tales from the Haunted Pineapple SpongeBob Comics #5, 6, 9, 11, 13, 14, 18, 22, 25 & 29 August 15, 2017 978-1-4197-2560-9
SpongeBob Comics: Treasure Chest SpongeBob Comics #2, 11-15, 17, 22, 26, 27, 29, 32-36, 42, Annual 2, 3 & FCBD 2013.
Facsimile reprint of SpongeBob Comics #1.
October 3, 2017 978-1-4197-2561-6


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