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By Derek Drymon, Jerry Ordway, Tony Millionaire, James Kolchaka


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!

By Ian Boothby, Max Davison, Shane Houghton, Terry Delegeane, Jacob Chabot, David DeGrand, Mike Rote, John Delaney, Jason Ho, Andrew Pepoy


It’s time for everyones favorite alien enslavers to take center stage. Experience these tantalizingly-tentacled “things from another world” as Bongo pulls back the curtain and presents the Rigellian rapscallions as you’ve never seen them before!

By David DeGrand, Derek Drymon, Chuck Dixon, Scott Roberts


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!

By Derek Drymon;, Jerry Ordway, Gregg Schigiel, Tim Truman.


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!

Writers: Graham Annable, Derek Drymon, Paul Karasik, Jay Lender.

Artists: José Delbo, Israel Sanchez, and R. Sikoryak.

Cover: Israel Sanchez

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)!

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?

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