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The Collected Sam & Max: Surfin' the Highway Paperback – October, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Marlowe & Co (October 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569248141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569248140
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,509,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

I'm not going to pretend this book makes any sense. But it is funny as all heck. It's about ... well ... a dog and a rabbit-like creature who operate as "freelance police," going around town and stopping crime where they can. You may be familiar with the Sam & Max CD-ROM game from Lucas Art. I mean, either way, how can you not buy a book that has the line, "Oboy! It's the colorized version of Citizen Kane... oh, my mistake--it's just the Flintstones."

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Sam, a trenchcoat-clad hound, and Max, described as a "small rabbity thing," the anthropomorphic heroes of the cult comic book collected in this volume, are a far cry from the benignly humorous critters of traditional funny animal comics. Their outlandish cases take them from ancient Egypt (where they confront pyramid-building aliens) and the moon (which they rid of giant cockroaches) to the local supermarket (where they encounter an ectoplasmic manifestation from the spirit world). But their nearly plotless adventures are basically just setups for letting the trigger-happy pair commit senseless but hilarious havoc that both parodies the violence pervading contemporary pop culture and updates and escalates the entertaining catharsis of classic animated cartoon mayhem. Purcell adds to the hilarity by working in hundreds of background gags that evoke the heyday of Mad comics. Sam and Max are probably less known in their comics incarnation than as stars of a popular video game. This collection gives their video audience opportunity to check out their original appearance in comics. Gordon Flagg

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This is the best comic series ever.
djhexane
And those who read it because it's been so hyped never fail to say that it's a whole level better and funnier than they had been led to expect!
Nick Name
What can I say, Steve Purcell is a genious!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nick Name on April 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Writing a rave review for Sam and Max is a kind of public service. Everybody who encounters this book enjoys it; it's one of those way-too-rare pieces of work that prompts laughs of recognition, surprise, and delight. In a world full of crap marketed as treasure, it's pretty unusual to encounter something that exceeds all expectations. This book gets read and re-read; even those who are familiar with it find new stuff all the time. It just gets better. And those who read it because it's been so hyped never fail to say that it's a whole level better and funnier than they had been led to expect! What else in the known universe causes that kind of result? Other reviews will describe the contents; I'll just say that the visuals are brilliant, from the most dashed-off panel to the refined paintings, and Purcell's dialogue kicks Shakespeare's mumblings right to the curb. Surfin' the Highway is simultaneously a hilarious escape from life and the most faithful rendition of the nature of existence ever encountered.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Odie on October 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Sam and Max are the greatest thinkers of our time. Well, what they do can't exactly be called thinking, but that is what sets them above the rest. This book has changed my life, re-written my entire value system, and forever altered the way I look at rats and cockroaches. Steve Purcell is a jaw-droppingly good draftsman whose every panel is crawling with little things to savor. And big things. Lots of things. You can see more in one page of Purcell than in an entire afternoon of cable TV, including all those expensive add-on channels.
Purcell is apparently now working at Pixar. Nemo is fine but Sam and Max can save humanity from itself, Steve. DEATH FROM ABOVE!! AAIIIIEEE!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
What can I say? Sam and Max - Surfing the Highway is by far the greatest piece of literature to grace this once-monotonous planet. Steve Purcell is a veritable grandmaster of high-speed, edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting, pulse-pounding, heart-throbbing, non-stop, intense action thrill-ride comic antics. One look at the incredible attention to detail in this book will cue a "Hey, that ain't half bad" response from even the most cynical and bitter reader of bizarre literature! Despite Fraggler?'s false sense of self-worth and delusions of grandeur, his review is essentially correct - BUY THIS BOOK!!! BUY TWO!!! OR THREE!!! OR MORE AT DISCOUNT PRICES AT ONE OF THOSE COOL BULK STORES!!! The more you read it, the better it gets. So get it! Now! Go! Why are you still here? Go!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Martin on March 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
I don't pretend to know what legal situation/absolute insanity is preventing the re-release of this nugget of genius, but I beg you for the love of all that is holy: DO IT! PLEASE!

This is one of the funniest things I have ever had the good fortune to read. I borrowed it from a friend over 10 years ago, and I now wish I hadn't given it back (I don't see this guy much anyway...). From time to time, I'll try to explain this comic to someone, and the vacant, unfamiliar stare I get in reply is absolutely heartbreaking. Whomever it is that has the authority to reprint this, I am literally begging you to do so. I will gleefully pay upwards of $50 for a reissue, especially if it has some little tiny extra, like an introduction from Purcell; a bundt cake recipe, or just a couple of new sketches. I'm desperate, and $200 for a comic just feels dirty (though I confess, I've considered digging out the credit card for this).

Please.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Klayhamn on February 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
The book is great - it contains extremely creative ideas, and its like a big explosion of wild imagination. I felt I want more as soon as I unfortunately finished it - and I'll buy the next one as soon as it comes out!
Twisted unusuall humour, hilarious violence and even in the bad situations - everything is psycothicly funny (like when max dies and turns into a soup in a lab).
WARNING: you will become addicted.
I never thought that the great SAM&MAX quest is based on this marvelous comics. Steve Purcell at his best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I once read an interview with Steve Purcell and learned that he began drawing Sam and Max as a kid, and it grew from there. I myself have been drawing a set of characters since childhood, and although they were very much set in their ways before I first saw Sam and Max, I must say that Purcell's uniquely intense drawings have inspired me to improve my own work. Also, I must say that this collection is a must have for anyone looking for a brand of comedy that is found nowhere else.
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Format: Paperback
This book is the first one I have ever ordered from overseas and it was worth every penny of postage. Unlike the episodes shown on the Fox Kid's Network, the comics in this collection are a tad more edgy. They're still suitable for kids but there's so many winks to popular films that everyone will be tempted to pick it up and have a read. One of the many great things about Surfin' the Highway is that even when you think you've finished it's worth picking the book back up because, like Airplane! and the Naked Gun films there are so many little background jokes that you won't ever want to stop reading. I for one am hoping that Mr. Purcell will write some more Sam & Max books so that we need never reach the end of the Freelance Police's wonderful adventures. And any book which has the words "Think about how far the universe extends! Keep thinking about it until you go insane!" is worth a buy in my book.
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