Sheriff in Upper Duckwater
Base of operations:
Upper Duckwater, USA
Sam is the small-town sheriff of Upper Duckwater. He lives with his grandmother and spends his days eating, sleeping, and trying to avoid being set to work by the mayor or having to catch any law breakers.
Sam & Silo
October 18, 1961
Country of origin:
When Sam first occurred it was in his own series Sam's Strip
in 1961. Walker and Dumas were already cooperating on Beetle Bailey
and Hi and Lois
and Sam's Strip
offered an opportunity to use the gags they couldn't use in the other series like meta-gags where the characters steps out of the frames or collects the word balloons, talks to the readers and otherwise breaks the fourth wall. The series also involved a lot of characters from other series, especially old series like Krazy Kat
and Happy Hooligan
and many of the jokes were in-jokes. The series was highly acclaimed among comic book creators and connoisseurs, but apparently most ordinary readers didn't find the series very entertaining and it stopped June 1st
, 1963 after 504 strips.
was never resurrected, but April 18, 1977, the characters Sam and Silo were reintroduced as the main characters in the series Sam and Silo
. This time Sam was the sheriff in a small town named Upper Duckwater and Silo was his depute. The gags revolved around everyday life in a small town and especially how the two slackers Sam and Silo tried to avoid work.
Walker and Dumas cooperated on the series until 1995, when Mort Walker retired from the series. After this, Dumas continued the series alone. The series is still produced today.
Even though the series has been around for a long time, the series and the characters haven't been transferred to other media.