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February 21, 2011

One-Shot At Greatness #47 Sam & Max

Filed under: One-Shot At Greatness — Doorman @ 8:31 am

Because publishers want you to buy their product every month, comics are typically serial in nature. However, occasionally (and more often nowadays than ever before) publishers launch a comic title that is only meant to last for one issue. While ongoing series often have multiple chances to hook in new readers, the comics highlighted in this ongoing investigations only had One-Shot At Greatness!

Sam & Max, Freelance Police #1Publisher: Epic Comics
Cover Date: 1992
Cover Price: $2.25
Writer: Steve Purcell
Artist: Steve Purcell

*Warning! Plot Spoilers Below*

Sam & Max are a dog & rabbit duo of madness. In this adventure, they’re called to a case on the moon! So, they happily drive there by filling their exhaust pipe with matches and setting them ablaze. Once they arrive at the city of mice on the lunar surface they’re filled in on the situation: lots of mice children are going missing! So, Sam & Max set out beyond the city’s walls to find out what’s going on. They discover a city of enormous cockroaches are EATING the mice children! Yikes! Their solution? Ship all of Earth’s garbage to the cockroach city for them to eat – solves everyone’s problems right?

…. until the cockroaches on Earth start complaining…

It’s madness. Utter madness! I get that this is a humor book. I really do – but, I think it’s a humor that I don’t really get much enjoyment out of – it’s nonsense for nonsense’s sake. TONS of nonsense. Artistically, it’s extremely well-detailed. There’s plenty of stuff going on in the background that you can analyze, at length. And, the tone of the book seems fun and appealing – I just don’t click with the humor. So, I can’t recommend it, personally – but that’s not to say that you won’t enjoy it.

On Ebay: Sam & Max


  1. I never read the comics, but I caught a few episodes of the short-lived tv show. I loved the zany humor, and to this day, one of my favorite lines comes from that show… but you’re right, it doesn’t click with most people. it’s pretty non-mainstream humor 😉

    Comment by Donny B — February 23, 2011 @ 12:54 am

  2. don’t leave us hangin’, dude! what’s the line?

    Comment by Doorman — February 23, 2011 @ 10:20 am

  3. I tried to find a clip online, but to no avail. You really have to hear it in context, otherwise it seems rather dull.

    The episode was about Sam & Max finding a baby and trying to get it back to its family, and at one point the baby chomped down on Max’s arm and it spurred a convo that culminated in Max saying “all that arm hair and muscle tissue can’t be good for him”

    … like I said, it sounds plain and boring out of context. It’s really all in the delivery =P

    Comment by Donny B — February 23, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

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