Volume 12 is titled "The Legend Has Begun".
Cover and Volume Illustration
The colored cover is yellow-orange, and the title is printed in dark green (fading from white), yellow, and forest green. The author's name is printed in yellow.
On the spine, Zoro and Usopp are featured, and the skull on the spine is colored pastel pink.
For the volume illustration on page 3, Luffy poses with an angered expression and his left fist facing the reader.
- 100. The Legend Has Begun (伝説は始まった Densetsu wa Hajimatta?): Smoker captures Buggy and Alvida and prepares to get Luffy, when he is stopped by a storm and a man named Dragon. The Straw Hat Pirates then leave Loguetown to head for the Grand Line.
- 101. Reverse Mountain (リヴァースマウンテン Rivāsu Maunten?): After accidentally ending up in the Calm Belt, the Straw Hats sail up Reverse Mountain to get to the Grand Line.
- 102. And Now, the Grand Line (さて、偉大なる航路 Sate, Gurando Rain?): The Straw Hats make it into the Grand Line, where they are swallowed by a giant whale.
- 103. Whale (クジラ Kujira?): The Straw Hats meet an old man named Crocus inside the whale, and Crocus explains about the whale, whose name is Laboon. They also meet a strange man and woman.
- 104. Cape Promise (約束の岬 Yakusoku no Misaki?): The Straw Hats escape from Laboon, who is anxiously waiting for a deceased pirate crew to return to him. Luffy then promises Laboon that he will come back after conquering the Grand Line.
- 105. Log Pose (記録指針 Rogu Pōsu?): Crocus gives the Straw Hats a Log Pose, and they agree to take Mr. 9 and Miss Wednesday to Whisky Peak.
- 106. The Town of Celebration (歓迎の町 Kangei no Machi?): The Straw Hats reach Whisky Peak, where they receive an unusually warm welcome.
- 107. Moonlight and Gravestones (月光と墓標 Gekkō to Bohyō?): The Straw Hats pass out after the party, and it is revealed that it was a trap to capture Luffy for his bounty. However, Zoro confronts several Baroque Works bounty hunters before they can do this.
- 108. 100 Bounty Hunters (100人の賞金稼ぎ Hyakunin no Shōkin Kasegi?): Zoro easily defeats the 100 Baroque Works bounty hunters.
- Oda reveals the process in which he receives letters from his fans.
- Arlong's rings are revealed to be piercings.
- Buggy's body parts have a limit to how far apart they can separate.
Usopp Gallery Pirates
- Located on pages 170, 190 and 191
- Total number of submissions featured: 19
Grand Prize: Kamou (Osaka, Japan)
- This, Volume 1, Volume 61, and Volume 90 are the only volumes that contain an entire story arc, with this volume containing the Reverse Mountain Arc.
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