Get Started In SPONGEBOB

Current Series  |  Latest Jumping-On Points  |  Compilations  |  1st Appearance  |  Origin Story  |  Main Publication History  |  Secondary Publication History  |  Key Storylines  |  Media Source Material  |  Key Issues

by snowbi-wan, updated May 2019

Spongebob Squarepants is that energetic and optimistic sea sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea in Bikini Bottom, who loves his job as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab, and who gets into all manner of mischief and adventure with his supporting cast of other whacky characters. The Spongebob Squarepants animated television series is Nickelodeon's highest rated and most distributed property, the foundation of a massive media franchise. When not inciting spurious debates, the show is often critically praised for its wit and clever humor.

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Current Series

Bongo published an ongoing flagship series for Spongebob until that publisher shut down. Since there are no current series for the Spongebob, there are no current jumping-on points. To get started alternatively, you can check the Compilations section for compilations that are still in print, or you can check the Publishing History sections for historical series. Sign up for our Free Recommendations Service with the SPONGEBOB tag, and we'll notify you via email if new Spongebob comics become available.

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Compilations

In modern comic publishing, it's common (and expected) for individual comic book issues to be collected into compilations of trade paperbacks and/or hardcovers, as well as other special compilations. Unlike the individual source issues, the collected editions typically stay in print for long periods and are less 'collectible.' If individual issues are out of reach or are not of interest to you or if you just need reading copies, the following collected editions of Spongebob comic books are the most recent in-print editions and are the perfect alternative to get started right away with Spongebob. The following compilations are presented in a chronologically-based suggested reading order with softcover editions before any hardcover editions (unless the only in-print editions are hardcover--these are integrated into the softcover list).

Spongebob Comics compilations are collected by theme, not by chronological issue: they collect various segments of individual issues throughout the series' long run according to the particular compilation's theme. Compared to the number of individual issues that have been published, not very many compilations have been published.

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CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
SPONGEBOB COMICS VOL 01: SILLY SEA STORIESQuick ViewApr 2017SPONGEBOB COMICS [2011-TPB] VOL 01: SILLY SEA STORIES
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SPONGEBOB COMICS VOL 02: AQUATIC ADVENTURERS, UNITE!Quick ViewApr 2017SPONGEBOB COMICS [2011-TPB] VOL 02: AQUATIC ADVENTURERS, UNITE!
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SPONGEBOB COMICS VOL 03: TALES FROM THE HAUNTED PINEAPPLEQuick ViewAug 2017SPONGEBOB COMICS [2011-TPB] VOL 03: TALES FROM THE HAUNTED PINEAPPLE
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SPONGEBOB COMICS: TREASURE CHEST Quick ViewOct 2017SPONGEBOB COMICS: TREASURE CHEST [2017-HC]
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1st Appearance

The first appearance of a character in comic book form is often the most valuable issue featuring that character. It's a nice place to get started in Spongebob, if it's within your budget. The SpongeBob SquarePants characters had appeared before in comic stories within Nickelodeon Magazine and Tokyopop's Cinemanga series, but they never featured in their own comic book until SPONGEBOB COMICS [2011].

  • SPONGEBOB COMICS [2011] #1  (1st appearance of Spongebob (in his own featured comic book))

Main Publication History

Series beginnings are always great places to get started in comic books. Here is the Main Publication History for Spongebob comic books. Spongebob has had only one long-running series from Bongo/United Plankton Pictures and an associated annual series. See the Secondary Publishing History for a series of Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) issues.

  • SPONGEBOB COMICS [2011] #1-   
  • SPONGEBOB COMICS ANNUAL-SIZE SUPER-GIANT SWIMTACULAR [2013] #1-   

Secondary Publication History

If you've already enjoyed some of the series listed in the Main Publication History above, series from this secondary publication list are very good places to further your exploration. Spongebob has been participating in Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) faithfully.

  • BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL! 2012 / SPONGEBOB COMICS FREESTYLE FUNNIES [2012]    
  • SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIES [2013]    
  • SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIES 2014 [2014]    
  • SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIES 2015 [2015]    
  • SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIES 2016 [2016]    
  • SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIES 2017 [2017]    
  • SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIES 2018 [2018]    

Key Issues

A key issue can be an acceptable place to get started with Spongebob, but they are more of a collector's checklist, as they can carry high price tags.

Key Issue cover 1 for SPONGEBOB
  • SPONGEBOB COMICS [2011] #1   (1st appearance of Spongebob (in his own featured comic book), low print run)