Written and drawn by Jerry Dumas, Sam and Silo chronicles the comic misadventures of a small-town sheriff and his deputy.
Sam and Silo are characters in the classic mold. They don’t attempt to solve the secrets of the universe. They don’t have profound ideas about politics or the economy or the communications revolution. They just aim to brighten their allotted space in the newspaper each day with a laugh or chuckle.
There is much nostalgia in Sam and Silo, which made its newspaper debut in 1977. The backgrounds often show tree-shaded streets, the town hall and the courthouse, all beautifully drawn. The scenes depict a way of life that is warmly remembered by millions of city folk who grew up in places much like Upper Backwater, the strip’s setting.
Sam is the small-town sheriff of Upper Duckwater. The town is so small, in fact, that the entire police force is comprised of two people: Sam and Silo! When patrolling the shady and safe streets of Upper Duckwater, Sheriff Sam in his trademark porkpie hat believes the best defense against crime is a nap and a hearty lunch.
Silo is Sam’s right-hand man in small-town law enforcement. Every comic strip needs two or three main characters, who can bounce ideas at each other; Blondie has Dagwood, Calvin had Hobbes, Beetle has Sarge, and Sam has Silo.
Mayor Abe McGuffey
While criminals in Upper Duckwater are few, Sam and Silo often have a nemesis in the town's sole politician, Mayor McGuffey. Whether he's seeing crime where there is none, or inventing bureaucratic red tape just for the fun of it, Mayor McGuffey sometimes makes life sticky for our heroes. And that's too bad, because Sam and Silo would rather do nothing more than sit behind the billboard in their squad car and sleep.
This counterwoman at the local diner dispenses one-liners and lots of affection along with breakfast, lunch and dinner. If truth be told, she's the real mother of Upper Duckwater.