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Sam's Strip: The Comic About Comics

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Sam's Strip broke fourth wall to a new level, playing with the basic elements of the cartoon form, experimenting with different art styles and featuring famous characters from other strips. Sam and his cartoonist assistant owned and operated the comic strip they inhabited. Krazy Kat, Dagwood, Charlie Brown and many other characters made walk-on appearances. Sam and his ass ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 23rd 2009 by Fantagraphics (first published December 15th 2008)
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Tim Schneider
Aug 08, 2013 Tim Schneider rated it really liked it
I first came across this strip by Jerry Dumas & Mort Walker in late, very lamented Fantagrahics Nemo, The Classic Comics Library magazine in the early 90s. From that point I wanted a collection and jumped on this when it was published. The strip somewhat lacks direction and as a result it's not entirely successful. The premise is that Sam runs his own comic strip and a fair portion of the strip deals with that premise. And when it does it's metatextual brilliance. And the appearances of comi ...more
Mar 15, 2009 chris rated it it was ok
It is a "metacomic" that ran for just over a year and a half in the early 60s, arguably ahead of its time, but also rather unfunny for the most part. The best parts of it are the walk-ons by characters from other comics, which are extraordinarily rendered. So much so that they highlight the sloppiness of the comic's main characters. I guess Dumas was a better mimic than an artist. But I definitely see why Fantagraphics has published this, it is too weird and unbelievable to allow to sink into to ...more
Mike Jensen
Nov 28, 2010 Mike Jensen rated it liked it
The artist writes, "Some of these strips . . . look fine, others are just OK, while others fill me with dismay. A few are pretty bad." I agree. At its best, Sam's Strip was wonderfully inventive with a concept so flexible that Dumas and Walker could do nearly any type of gag. Much credit for that. The best of these are for the ages, but most are not the best. There are three Shakespeare references.
Oct 09, 2016 Erik rated it it was ok
Very meta humor that misses a little more often than it lands. There’s a ton of potential here but it’s easy to see why it was cancelled so early. A little ahead of its time and just not quite good enough to build a lasting audience. Your enjoyment will depend on your knowledge of the other strips and politics of the era.
Jan 05, 2015 Adan rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the meta-ness of the whole thing, but I wish it had been funnier. Unfortunately, a lot of the gags fall flat. But, man, there are some real howlers in there that made me guffaw and scare my fellow mass transit passengers.
Jul 21, 2009 Jim rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, gave-up-on
finally picked this up, maybe the book that i don't have i've most wanted to get
Mar 27, 2009 Caleb rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-strips
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Addison Morton Walker, more popularly known as Mort Walker, is an American comic artist, best known for creating the newspaper comic strips Beetle Bailey in 1950 and Hi and Lois in 1954.

Born in El Dorado, Kansas, he grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He had his first comic published at the age of 11, and sold his first cartoon at 12. At 15 he worked as a comic-strip artist for a daily newspaper and
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