SpongeBob Comics #1

United Plankton Pictures ⋅ 2011

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Key Facts

1st full appearance of Spongebob Squarepants in standard U.S. comics

Previously appeared in Cine-Manga, Mad Magazine and other non-standard comic formats

Cameo appearance in Marvel Comics Presents #3 (2007 series)

A five-page preview of this issue is printed in The Simpsons #174

[February 2022 - Paramount developing additions to the Spongebob franchise both theatrically and for their streaming platform]

Issue Details


United Plankton Pictures


Various Artists


Various Writers


February 2011


Are you ready for the comic book premiere of the world's most popular fry-cooking sponge?! This first issue is a whale of a collection of comics by talented indy, mainstream, and animation cartoonists - James Kochalka (Johnny Boo, American Elf), Hilary Barta (Fear Agent), Graham Annable (Grickle), Gregg Schigiel (X-Babies), Jacob Chabot (Mighty Skullboy Army, X-Babies), and more! In this issue: SpongeBob has a recurring nightmare about his favorite cereal; Squidward introduces music to the Krusty Krab; and Mermaid Man is freaked out by a fan who won't... stop... staring! Also: Patrick and SpongeBob team up for the most idiotic joke ever; SpongeBob learns to glow; and readers are invited to draw the absorbing one's new hairdo! All this, plus a page of SpongeFunnies by James Kochalka and a cover pinup, equals a ship-shape maiden voyage!*Note: Plankton's appearance is cover only (as well as the pin-up version of the cover contained inside the comic

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