Religion: anthropomorphic animal
Other Names: Samuel; Sam & Max
First Appearance: Sam & Max Freelance Police Special Edition #1 (1987)
Creators: Steve Purcell
Number of Appearances: 62
Comic Book Appearances: 23
TV, Film Appearances: 24
Video Game, Computer Game Appearances: 15
Occupation: private investigator
Note: of "Sam & Max" detective partnership
Sam and Max may be best known for the video game series they starred in, starting with "Sam & Max Hit the Road" (1993). But the characters first appeared in comics, not in the game.
The first comic book Sam and Max appeared in was Sam & Max Freelance Police Special Edition #1, in a story titled "Monkeys Violating the Heavenly Temple."
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