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 provides a seaweed and spaghetti western-style pin-up of "The Good, the Pat, and the Squiddy!"
(A) Jerry Ordway & Various (CA) Gregg Schigiel