Comic Book Series
SpongeBob Comics issue 1 cover

Cover to SpongeBob Comics #1.

SpongeBob Comics is published by Nickelodeon under the United Plankton Pictures imprint and distributed by Bongo Comics. The Current price per issue is $3.99

Publication Dates[]

Last Issue[]

SpongeBob Comics #84: 12 Sep 2018

Current Issue[]

SpongeBob Comics #85: 10 Oct 2018

Next Issue[]



Final issue was #85.


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Recent Storylines[]

SpongeBob Comics #85[]

SpongeBob Comics #84[]

SpongeBob Comics #83[]

SpongeBob Comics #82[]

SpongeBob Comics #81[]


Trade Paperbacks[]

  • SpongeBob Comics #2: Silly Sea Stories - Collects stories from #3, 7, 9, 10, 17, 19, 35, Annual 1, 2 & FCBD 2013. - WorldCat - ISBN 9781419723209
  • SpongeBob Comics #3: Tales from the Haunted Pineapple - Collects stories from #5, 6, 9, 11, 13, 14, 18, 22, 25 & 29. - WorldCat - ISBN 978-1-4197-2560-9


  • SpongeBob Comics: Treasure Chest - Collects stories from #2, 11-15, 17, 18, 22, 26, 27, 29, 32-36, 42, Annual 2, 3 & FCBD 2013. - WorldCat - ISBN 9781419725616


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 Chabot. 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.[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. 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.

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.


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Creative Team[]

Based on the Nickelodeon series created by Stephen Hillenburg.

Publishing History[]

  • Volume 1: #1-85, 2011-2018.

Future Publication Dates[]

Dates subject to change at the whims of the publisher or distributor. Please see the Diamond Shipping Lists for current information.