Sam & Max

Sam & Max is a comic book series by Steve Purcell. I first became interested in Sam & Max via the comics in the LucasArts adventurer magazine that was bundled with their video games.

When the adventure game Sam & Max Hit the Road came out from LucasArts in 1993, I had to buy it because I loved the comics. I didn't even have a computer that was capable of playing the game, as I decided to buy the full talkie CD-ROM version, and my computer still only used 5.25 inch floppy disks. I used to listen to the music on the CD after I bought my first CD player, a Sony Discman, from by best friend during my first year of high school. This was the year after the release of the game, and I would listen to music while riding my bike to school.

In 2002, during LucasArts' 20th anniversary, a sequel to Sam & Max: Hit the Road was announced titled Sam & Max: Freelance Police. This game was abruptly cancelled in 2004 despite being near completion, and Telltale Games was formed out of its ashes by former members of the Freelance Police team.

After the rights to make games based on Sam & Max had expired at LucasArts, Telltale Games developed a new six episode Sam & Max episodic video game titled Sam & Max Season One (and later retitled Sam & Max Save the World). They followed this up with two more episodic games: Sam & Max Season Two (later retitled Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space) and Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse.

In 2010, during Telltale's 80% off sale for people who pre-ordered Back to the Future: The Game, I picked up the Sam & Max: Surfin' the Highway reprint which included all of Sam & Max's comic book stories except for the newest one, the webcomic Sam & Max: The Big Sleep, and the soundtrack CDs for Season One and Season Two.

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