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By Graham Annable, Scott Roberts, Neal Adams, Greg Schigiel, and more

 

United Plankton's annual Swimtacular is a saturated celebration of super heroics! In “SpongeBob BabysitterPants” Mermaid Man is turned into a mewling infant in a Mermalair mishap. And guess who babysits him? Then comics legend Neal Adams depicts a new more relevant, more groovy Mermaid Man in a story we didn't have to call “The Green Harpoon's Challenge!” Also: advertisements for next year's Saturday morning cartoon cause a crisis in SpongeBob's life, Pearl has a comic convention at the Krusty Krab, and Patrick becomes the new embarrassingly clad hero Speed o' Lightning!



By Derek Drymon, Jay Lender, Chuck Dixon, Marc Hempel, Hilary Barta

 

NAUTICAL NOIR! In an issue featuring only the colors black, white, and yellow, Bikini Bottom is revealed as a soggy center of underwater crime, suspense, and paranoia. In “The Wrong Sponge,” SpongeBob is framed for the crime of vase-theft! And only Patrick can save him–so he's sunk. Then in “On the Lam,” meet a thief pursued across the oceans by this one relentless little square guy. And once you read “The Clarinet of Dr. Calamari,” you'll never look at octopi, reed instruments, or German Expressionist cinema the same! Plus: learn why Mermaid Man fears Crime Gully, see Patrick solve a non-crime, and more!



By Derek Drymon, Jacob Chabot, Stephen DeStefano

 

In part 2 of “The Ballad of Barnacle Bill,” SpongeBob and the ocean's saltiest sailor, Barnacle Bill, take on the deadly denizens of Rough ‘n’ Tough Reef–lowlife pirate scum, the sinister White Water Witch, a giant Fish Roc, and the belligerent bully Gangplank Gus! It's a thimbleful of thrilling theater with the excitement of an exploding Segar! PLUS: facts about hungry shipworms–by Maris Wicks! Gary fights Plankton–by James Kochalka and Hilary Barta! And more!



By Derek Drymon, Jacob Chabot, Stephen DeStefano

 

Come aboard for Part 1 of "The Ballad of Barnacle Bill"– the first of a two-part epic tale of witches, of sea monsters, of mermaids, of tough sailors made almost completely of wood--and of the yellow fry cook who loves them all! In this first chapter, SpongeBob joins forces with Barnacle Bill to find that legendary seaman's lost sweetheart! Plus: all about mermaids, “SpongeFunnies” by James Kochalka, and more!



By Gregg Schigiel, Joey Weiser, Brian Smith, Stephanie Yue

 

A trio of thalassic-themed tales starring everyone's favorite pelagic pals from a fleet of coastal creators! In "Squirrel Scouts," Sandy introduces SpongeBob and Patrick to the world of sash-wearing, badge-earning, and cookie-selling! Then Plankton duplicates himself in "Only the Clonely." In "Daze Off," SpongeBob's vacation day is haunted by Krabby Patty hallucinations. All these plus more natatorial nuttiness from James Kochalka, Maris Wicks, and more!



By Chuck Dixon, Graham Annable, Jacob Chabot

 

"Sea-quake!" The ocean floor rumbles and Bikini Bottom is split in two! But with a huge chasm separating SpongeBob from his beloved Krusty Krab, what's a poor fry cook to do? A certain Mr. Plankton has some ideas… Presented in SHAKE-O-RAMA, the deep sea's newest reading-gimmick sensation! Then in "Choose Your Words," SpongeBob and Patrick decide to cut the chatter and just speak one word for the rest of their silly lives. And you've never see one word wreak such havoc! All this plus “SpongeFunnies” by Kochalka and facts about Sea Cucumbers courtesy of Maris Wicks!



By David DeGrand, Corey Barba

 

Featuring the epic-length SpongeTale, "A New Dimension in Stupidity!" Sandy returns from a Texas vacation to find Bikini Bottom in ruins­–somehow, SpongeBob and Patrick got hold of her inventions and underwater havoc is being wreaked all over the place! Plus: The Krusty Krab becomes the theme-restaurant KrabbyLand, SpongeBob goes casual, and we meet the amazing and real Mimic Octopus!



By Corey Barba, Joey Weiser, Vince Deporter

 

In our unprecedented underwater-gaming issue, Squidward gets REALLY into roleplaying--as a 5th level Mer-Bard with a magic flute in "Serpents and Sealords." Then SpongeBob and Patrick meet the creator of their favorite tabletop game "Legends of Aquaria!" Plus, a SpongeBob pinball spread by Jon Chad (Leo Geo), a Bikini Bottom video game tale by Zac Gorman (Costume Quest), and a surreal sequential sponge story by Bob Flynn! All wrapped up in a cover by Graham Annable that's a playable SpongeBob board game!



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