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Writers: Brian Smith, Joey Weiser, Derek Drymon. 

Artists: Jacob Chabot, Gregg Schigiel, Jerry Ordway.

Cover: Vince Deporter

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).

A torn comic (shown above) starts SpongeBob and Patrick on a quest that will lead him into the nooks and crannies of his hero Mermaid Man's not-very-English-muffin-like past! It all revolves around a submarine, a nursing home, and Viro Reganto--the fighting sea prince of the sunken city of Urbo! If that's not enough for you, how about this: it's part one of a 5-part epic--by Derek Drymon and Jerry Ordway--and it's on sale now in SPONGEBOB COMICS #32!

By Derek Drymon, Jerry Ordway, Vince Deporter

Cover by Jacob Chabot, Jerry Ordway, Rick Neilsen


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?

Get ready to be blown away by the book you never thought you'd see! We asked which character you wanted us to feature in our next One-Shot Wonder™ and the answer was a resounding, "DUFFMAN!" The masses have spoken! Now the big question is, can Bongo deliver an awesome issue devoted to Springfield's most one-dimensional and underdeveloped character? We've got two words for you: Oh Yeah!

Comic Book Guy celebrates issue two hundred and eleven with eleven two-page stories from a vast array of visiting comic book professionals who just happened to stop by Springfield and into The Android’s Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop.

By Joey Weiser, Vince Deporter, Chuck Dixon, Ramona Fradon


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)!

In honor of our favorite holiday and celebrating the release of Bart Simpson’s Manual of Mischief (available now at all fine book stores), here’s a peek at the Prankster’s Crest!

SPONGEBOB COMICS #30 features fun flip-book-type transformations courtesy of artist Bob Flynn. Here's a sample of some of the surreal sponge-action!

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