The collected Sam & Max: Surfin' the Highway

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The front cover of the original Surfin' the Highway, featuring an original painting by Steve Purcell.

The collected Sam & Max: Surfin' the Highway is a compilation of Sam & Max comics and related artwork that was published by Marlowe & Company in 1995. In 2008, an updated 20th anniversary edition was published by Telltale Games. The 20th anniversary is counting from the publication of Monkeys Violating the Heavenly Temple in 1987; it was supposed to be released in 2007 but circumstances made this impossible.

Surfin' the Highway is named after highway surfing, the activity portrayed on the front cover.


[edit] 1995 version

The original Surfin' the Highway had 154 pages containing a variety of fold-out activity pages, one-page comics, including all The Adventurer comics that had been published up to that point, and full-page pictures, as well as the following longer stories:

The paperback version originally sold for $12.95, with a limited edition signed and numbered version also available. The book was reprinted in 1996, with the reprint selling for $15.95. Now highly sought after, it has long since sold out and now goes for as much as several hundred dollars on eBay.

[edit] 2008 version

The Reprint of Surfin' the Highway

The 20th anniversary edition has 197 pages and measures 9.25''x6.5''. It is sold in two versions, a paperback selling at $19.99 and a limited edition hardcover selling at $49.99. The hardcover books are numbered, signed by Steve Purcell, and only available through Telltale's online store. Of this limited edition only 2502 were made, 2500 commercially available, one given to Steve Purcell, and one currently in circulation through the Telltale Games' offices. The ISBN number is 978-0-9792576-2-9 for the paperback version, and 978-0-9792576-3-6 for the hardcover. The hardcover sold out in December 2009.

The new edition contains everything in the original Surfin' the Highway, every comic published between the original and 2008 except The Big Sleep, more pictures, including some paintings made to promote the Telltale series and the new DVD of the animated series, a foreword by Steve Purcell, and a color version of "Fair Wind to Java". Steve Purcell dedicated it to his sister Deb, "who taught me to read, and to fear dolls."

The reprint was designed to look like an aging leather-bound book, using a yellowed-out version of the original art and even featuring fake wear and tear. The words "Est. 1987" are written at the bottom of the center picture.

The 2008 version is no longer available in hardcover, however it is still available to purchase in paperback or digital format.

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