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The following is a comprehensive list of all official stories in the Sam & Max franchise.
Sam & Max appeared in the comics before appearing anywhere else. Almost all of these have been reprinted in The collected Sam & Max: Surfin' the Highway.
The comics that started it all. Made in the late eighties and early nineties in black-and-white, though some were later reprinted in color. The early comics are generally more grimy and violent than later incarnations, as well as less stylized.
|Title||Year||First appeared in||Publisher|
|Monkeys Violating the Heavenly Temple||1987||Sam & Max: Freelance Police special edition||Fishwrap Productions|
|Night of the Gilded Heron-Shark||1987||Sam & Max: Freelance Police special edition||Fishwrap Productions|
|Night of the Cringing Wildebeest||1987||Critters #19||Fantagraphics Books|
|Fair Wind to Java||1988||Grimjack #52||First Comics|
|On the Road||1989||Sam & Max: Freelance Police special||Comico|
|Our Bewildering Universe||1989||Sam & Max: Freelance Police special||Comico|
|The Damned Don't Dance||1990||Critters #50||Fantagraphics Books|
|Bad Day on the Moon||1992||Sam & Max: Freelance Police #1||Epic Comics|
|Beast from the Cereal Aisle||1992||Sam & Max: Freelance Police Special Color Collection||Epic Comics|
|Terror on the Tanbark||1992||Sam & Max: Freelance Police Special Color Collection||Epic Comics|
|Ponderings of the Ages||1992||Sam & Max: Freelance Police Special Color Collection||Epic Comics|
The Adventurer comicsEdit
- Main article: The Adventurer comics
A series of full-color single-page comics made for LucasArts' promotional magazine The Adventurer, loosely related to its then-recent games. Appeared from 1990 through 1996.
Several short comics made in the late nineties, some in connection with the animated series.
|Title||Year||First appeared in||Publisher|
|Belly of the Beast||1997||Wizard Magazine||WizardWorld Inc.|
|The Kids Take Over!||1997||Totally Fox Kids Magazine||Fox Kids Worldwide|
|Skeptical Investigators||1998||Oni Double Feature #10||Oni Press|
|Something's Not Right Here||1998||Totally Fox Kids Magazine #10||Fox Kids Worldwide|
|Action Figure Surgery||1998||Totally Fox Kids Magazine #31||Fox Kids Worldwide|
The Big SleepEdit
- Main article: The Big Sleep
A webcomic that ran from 2005 through 2007.
The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance PoliceEdit
- Main article: The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police
An animated television series that ran from October 1997 to April 1998 for a total of 24 episodes.
Our Bewildering UniverseEdit
- Main article: Our Bewildering Universe (flash short)
A flash short featuring alien surgery.
Season One machinima shortsEdit
- Main article: Season One machinima shorts
A series of short machinima videos using the engine from Sam & Max Season One. During the season's initial run three were released between each episode and the next, keeping fans busy on a weekly basis.
Sam & Max Nearly Save ChristmasEdit
- Main article: Sam & Max Nearly Save Christmas
A 20-minute machinima video produced by Telltale Games to promote Ice Station Santa and their Sam & Max series in general, with largely the same plot as Ice Station Santa.
Sam & Max Hit the RoadEdit
- Main article: Sam & Max Hit the Road
A graphic adventure game published by LucasArts in 1993.
Sam & Max Plunge Through SpaceEdit
- Main article: Sam & Max Plunge Through Space
A canceled action-adventure for the Xbox worked on by Infinite Machine in 2001-2002. Only after Infinite Machine went bankrupt did LucasArts reacquire the Sam & Max rights and announce Freelance Police (below).
Sam & Max: Freelance PoliceEdit
- Main article: Sam & Max: Freelance Police (Video Game)
A planned sequel to Hit the Road that was canceled in March 2004. The cancellation caused a big outcry among the public and eventually led to the creation of Telltale Games.
Sam & Max episodic seriesEdit
- Main article: Sam & Max (video game series)
After the cancellation of Freelance Police, the Sam & Max video game rights eventually reverted to Steve Purcell. Soon after, Sam & Max Season One was announced by Telltale Games, a company founded by former LucasArts employees.