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Adventure Time is a comic book series published by BOOM! Studios, written by Dinosaur Comics creator Ryan North, and illustrated by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb.[1] The comic book is released monthly,[2] beginning with issue #1 in February 2012.[1]

The comic is canonical with the Adventure Time TV series' story.[3] Adam Muto has speculated that it may take place in a different reality.[4] Either way, the events of the comics have several events irreconcilable with the TV series, mainly the fact that Finn and Flame Princess are still dating in the comics.


Each issue includes at least two comics: The lead story is written by North and drawn in the style of the cartoon by Paroline and Lamb; and one or more backup stories created by an indie comic artist, drawn in their own style.[2]

The main story features small messages at the bottom of many of the pages. This is a trademark of writer Ryan North, whose Dinosaur Comics always contain semi-hidden messages and commentary.

The first storyline in the series is a four-parter by North, split between issues #1 through #4.[5]

List of issues

Cover Story Backup story Release date
Tumblr lv1cpbESgC1qzrbk9o1 1280 Issue 1 The Lich reawakens and traps Finn and Jake.
(Part 1 of 4)
"My Cider the Mountain" by Aaron Renier February 2012
002-a Issue 2 Finn and Jake are stuck in the Lich's Bag of Holding while Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, and Lumpy Space Princess are stuck, too.
(Part 2 of 4)
"Laundromarceline" by Lucy Knisley
" ‎Issue 2 " by Zac Gorman

March    2012

Tumblr lyouzbPrm51r7wz6no1 1280 Issue 3 The Ice King and Desert Princess make an army of Finn and Jakes to help battle the Lich.
(Part 3 of 4)
"Bacon Fields" by Michael DeForge     April      2012
Tumblr lzuw1vZ0YQ1qliqrqo1 400 Issue 4 With The Lich defeated, The Land of Ooo is restored. The only problem is that it is covered by all the sand from The Bag of Holding & Desert Princess is missing!
(Part 4 of 4)
"The Ultimate Party Dip" by Chris Eliopoulos

May       2012

Tumblr m0lbguqI8n1rpid58o1 1280 Issue 5

Finn and Jake journey into a new part of Ooo. (Part 1 of 5)

"Emit Erutnevda" by Paul Pope

"Ice King Dumb" by Georgia and Chris Robison

     June      2012
Issue6cover Issue 6 Jake causes trouble when he messes with Princess Bubblegum's time machine.
(Part 2 of 5)
"Level 99" by Anthony Clark       July        2012
Adventure Time 7 cover A Issue 7

Finn and Jake end up in the future with no way to return home. (Part 3 of 5)

"Time Waits For No One" by Shannon Wheeler

  August   2012
Tumblr m5meef95vn1r7wz6no1 1280 Issue 8

Finn, Jake, and QB try to defend the Candy Kingdom. (Part 4 of 5)

"Happy Birthday Hot Dog Princess!" by Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt

September 2012

Adventure Time 9 cover A Issue 9

Finn and Jake try to return to their own time. (part 5 of 5)

"Fishling" by Chris and Shane Houghton

October  2012

Adventure Time -10 Issue 10 Finn and Jake are possessed by the reader thanks to the Ice King's new spell.

"Hot Deals in the Ice Kingdom" by Jon M. Gibson & Jim Rugg

November 2012
Adventure Time 11 cover A Issue 11

Finn, Jake, and Marceline enter BMO's Main Brain Game Frame to play "Super Guts Punch 3." (Part 1 of 4)

"The Meaning of Bravery" by Zack Giallongo

December 2012
Adventuretime12cvra Issue 12

Lumpy Space Princess forces her way into "Super Guts Punch 3" which causes BMO to malfunction. (Part 2 of 4)

"The Ice King and His Magical Matchmaking Mini Comic" by Alexis and Andrew

 January  2013
Ho Issue 13

(Part 3 of 4)

"Princess of Rad Hats part 1" by Chris Schweizer

February 2013
Tumblr mezg5k6SW71rtpgrxo1 1280 Issue 14

(Part 4 of 4)

"Princess of Rad Hats part 2" by Chris Schweizer

   March    2013

Magic Man tries to be a jerk to the Princesses and Finn and Jake try to stop him.

"GIVE US BACK BMO!" by Jeremy Sorese

     April       2013
KABOOM ADVENTURETIME 016v4 A Issue 16 Finn and Jake battle the Ice King in order to save Lumpy Space Princess. "Opposite Day" by Sina Grace and S. Steven Struble and "Ninja Princess" by Reed, Grant, and Jai Nitz with illustrations by Pranas T. Naujokaitis.       May        2013
KABOOM ADVENTURETIME 017v4 A Issue 17 (Part 1 of 4) "Silly String Theory" by Jay Hosler      June       2013
Adventure Time - Issue 18 Issue 18 (Part 2 of 4) "Publish or Perish"       July        2013
KABOOM ADVENTURETIME 004v19 A Issue 19 (Part 3 of 4) "Ambitreacherous" by Andy Hirsch   August   2013
Issue20cover1 Issue 20 (Part 4 of 4) "Grocery Time! - Part One" by Zack Smith September 2013
KABOOM ADVENTURETIME 021v05 A Issue 21 "Beach Bum Boogie" by Zack Giallongo October  2013
Adventuretime 22 cva copy Issue 22 Finn and Jake find themselves in a sticky situation when Princess Bubblegum's experiments searching for the origin of life go horribly wrong. "Grocery Time! - Part Two" by Zack Smith November 2013
At 23 cva Issue 23 Princess Bubblegum and Marceline race against time to save the inhabitants of Ooo from the Princess' rogue experiment. "Booty and the Beast" by Jen Bennett December 2013
Kaboom adventure time 024 a Issue 24 "A Day In the Life of a Bun" by Kristina Ness  January  2014
Kaboom adventure time 025 a Issue 25 A love story told from the perspectice of a red gem named Carl - pining for Gemma, a blue gemstone. N/A February 2014
Adt26 Issue 26 Finn and Jake have always been best buds; they are always together, it's just something best buds do. But what happens when these two friends get separated during a crazy adventure with twists and turns? Will our pals be able to find each other again or is this just all part of growing up? "Sphagnum Sphagnum" by James the Stanton     March     2014
ADVENTURE-TIME-27-Cover-A-by-Brittney-Williams-666x1024 Issue 27 This special arc with guest artist Jim Rugg continues!! Finn and Jake might have finally met their match, but what will happen with it turns out that the match isn’t a match at all? Things are getting crazy in the land of Ooo and it looks like our heroes might need someone to save them this time around. "Jelly Wars" by Eric M. Esquivel      April       2014
Kaboom adventure time 028 b Issue 28 With one answer, there is always a million questions. Finn and Jake find themselves out of one problem and into another. It looks like it’s going to be a race to the finish as our heroes discover what it really means to be a friend, and learn something about themselves along the way. "Jelly Wars - Part Two" by Eric M. Esquivel       May        2014
Kaboom adventure time 029 a Issue 29 Finn and Jake are back in their bodies, but it looks like the damage is done. Will our heroes be able to right everything they’ve done or is Ooo finally lost? With the help of an unlikely source, this day might be saved. Last issue by the talented Jim Rugg (Street Angel, Afrodisiac)!

"A Dish Best Served Gross"

Story by Josh Tierney

Art by Michael Dialynas

      June       2014
At 30 cvra-edit Issue 30 To celebrate the 30th issue of her "Marcelzine", Marceline releases a collection of mini-comics written by her friends. N/A       July        2014
Kaboom adventure time 031 a Issue 31 When Princess Bubblegum and Marceline get their driver's licenses, they have the perfect plan—build a giant ramp and drive off of it! It's gonna be so much fun...wait, who's the Mnemonoid, and why is he all up in this comic? "Lemongrab's Makeover" by Sara & Sam Ellis  August   2014
Kaboom adventure time 032 a Issue 32 Finn is on an impossible mission to break Magic Man’s curse so that he can finally live his life…and remember it! It’s going to take a lot of pal time and a lot of help from the best of friends but this definitely seems like an adventure that Finn and Jake can take—if only Finn could remember. TBA September 2014
Kaboom adventure time 033 a Issue 33 Magic Man’s hold on Finn is proving to be stronger than anyone had thought and it’s taking the whole crew to band together to help their friend, only this time, there really might be nothing they can do. It’s up to Finn to stand up to Magic Man, if only he could find the bully. TBA  October  2014
Issue 34 Finn has made it to Magic Man at last! It's time for this adventure to end and for Finn to finally get his memory back. It might seem like an easy end, but it looks like there is still one more trick up Magic Man's sleeve.
Issue 35 It's the end of an era... the last ADVENTURE TIME issue featuring the Eisner Award-winning team of Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb. It's your chance to say goodbye, and experience an adventure you'll never forget.
Issue 36 It’s the first Adventure Time starring its new creative team! With indie all-star Chris Hastings writing and the amazingly talented Zachary Sterling on art, these mathematical adventures are only going to get more algebraic!
Issue 37 It’s the first Adventure Time starring its new creative team! With indie all-star Chris Hastings writing and the amazingly talented Zachary Sterling on art, these mathematical adventures are only going to get more algebraic!
Issue 38 Magic Man’s hold on Finn is proving to be stronger than anyone had thought and it’s taking the whole crew to band together to help their friend, only this time, there really might be nothing they can do. It’s up to Finn to stand up to Magic Man, if only he could find the bully.
Issue 39 The entire world of Ooo is not able to cook but Jake comes through and saves the day with his sandwiches. It's not over yet, though, as the witch is gonna summon her ultimate monster baddie.
Issue 40 It's a special interactive, one-shot issue! Magic Man plans to use the reader to help beat Finn and Jake, but can our heroes turn the tables? Features a special short written by debut writer Henry Leo and Matt Fraction (Hawkeye)!
Issue 41 New story arc! Peppermint Butler is one of the most mysterious dudes in Ooo. When he approaches Finn and Jake to recruit them for the secret agency he runs, they've just gotta join and see what's going on!
Issue 42 Finn and Jake are on the run, trying to figure out who on the inside framed them for the destruction of Peppermint Butler's secret security team.
Issue 43 Lumpy Space Prince decides to train Cake to beat the Floop Master in the upcoming Card Wars tournament!
Issue 44 Finn and Jake are pretty sure the King of Ooo's big conference is a trap and have to sneak in to stop it!
Issue 45 Special one-shot issue! Finn and Jake get trapped in a time-looping mirror maze!
Issue 46 When one of Joshua’s old spells wears off, Finn and Jake find themselves facing an old childhood friend that neither of them can remember!

Special issues

Cover Story Backup story Release date

Tumblr m3autoE94k1qcw9rdo1 500

Free Comic Book Day: 2012

BMO trains to get good at fights, with help from Finn and Jake and Princess Bubblegum

Laundromarceline (repeat) May 5, 2012 (Free Comic Book Day)
CoverShowcase Adventure Time: Cover Showcase A collection of previous Adventure Time covers packaged into one high-quality special issue. December 2012
KABOOM ADVENTURETIME ANNUAL v1 A Adventure Time: Annual 2013 Contains several stories: "A, You're Adventurous", "A Sword Most Awesome", "No Dogs Allowed", "Dungeons and Desserts", "The Summiteers" and "The Lemon Sea". May 2012
AdventureTimeAnnual 01 preview-1 Adventure Time: Summer Special 2013 Contains several stories: "The Desert Treasure", "The Sucker Seeker", "Heart" and "A Penny Burned". July 2013
KABOOM AT Spoooktacular 001v1 A Adventure Time: 2013 Spoooktacular Contains several stories: "The Costume Party", "Secret 'Stache", "Halloween Horticulture" and "Bad Girl Gone Good". October 2013
Winter Special 2014 Adventure Time: Winter Special 2014 Contains several stories: "The Snow Hope", "Pups In Peril", "A Sour Winter" and "Eye Scream". December 2013

Trade releases

Original issue Omnibus editions
with main stories with short stories
Issue 1 Kaboom TPB V1 Kaboom TPB V1 Math

Volume 1
and Volume 1 Mathematical Edition (hardcover)
Kaboom TPB Sugary 1 Math

Sugary Shorts Volume 1
and Sugary Shorts Volume 1 Mathematical Edition (hardcover)
Issue 2
Issue 3
Issue 4
Issue 5 Kaboom TPB V2 ATSDCCV2 FRONT

Volume 2
and Volume 2 Mathematical Edition (hardcover)
Issue 6
Issue 7
Issue 8
Issue 9
Issue 10 Kaboom TPB V3MathematicalEditionVolumeTwo

Volume 3
and Volume 3 Mathematical Edition (hardcover)
Issue 11
Issue 12
Issue 13
Issue 14
Issue 15


Volume 4
and Volume 4 Mathematical Edition (hardcover)

Issue 16
Issue 17
Issue 18
Issue 19
Issue 20

Volume 5
and Volume 5 Mathematical Edition (hardcover)

Issue 21
Issue 22
Issue 23
Issue 24

Spin-off series


KaBOOM! Studios has released several spin-off miniseries. After the completion of each miniseries, a trade paperback version (TPB) containing the entire miniseries, as well as a hardcover "Mathematical Edition" with special features has been released (similar to the way the main series has been released in TPB and hardcover formats).

  • Adventure Time: The Flip Side
    • Began January 8th, 2014
    • Summary: Finn and Jake consult an Adventurer’s Posting Board in the hope of finding challenging new adventures.
    • TPB planned release date: December 30th, 2014
    • Mathematical Edition planned release date: September 8th, 2015

Graphic Novels

KaBOOM! Studios has also released a series of standalone original graphic novels.

The Adventure Unfolds

The Adventure Unfolds is a fold out comic by Jon Chad limited to 700 copies. It was only available at San Diego Comic Con 2012 for the price of $30.

The Adventure Unfolds comic by Jon Chad

[9] On July 25, Boom Studios began selling it on their website for $40.[10]


  • Pendleton Ward made a cover for the first issue of the comic.[11]
  • Various of the primary stories contain messages written at the bottom, below the panels, as if a narrator/writer is speaking in a fourth-wall-breaking style. The hardback collection of issues 1~4 retains these messages.
Cipher key

Cipher key

  • In addition, issues 1 and 3 of the comic contain messages written by Marceline in a Pigpen cipher. The known letters of the cipher are in the chart to the right. Note that the first section spells out "vampire" and the rest of the letters are apparently in alphabetical order, making it fairly easy to guess the unknown letters.


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