- Title: Sam's Strip: The Comic About Comics
- Author: Mort Walker
- ISBN: 9781560979722
- Page: 174
- Format: Paperback
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 assSam 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 assistant discussed the inner workings and hidden secrets of life within the panel borders This collection features the cult classic s complete 20 month run, almost 510 daily strips Mort Walker and Jerry Dumas provide first hand accounts of the creation of the strip and other rare, behind the scenes material, including unpublished sketches, original artwork, photographs and sales brochures.
Recent Comments "Sam's Strip: The Comic About Comics"
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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.
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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.
finally picked this up, maybe the book that i don't have i've most wanted to get
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