Sam and Silo
Detroit-born Gerald Dumas had an obsession for comics since an early age, yet he did not go on to study art. After receiving a degree in English, he went to work in Mort Walker's studios, where he was as a text editor on 'Beetle Bailey' and 'Hi and Lois'. From 1968, he cooperated on the writing, drawing and lettering of 'Boner's Ark'. Also with Walker, he created 'Sam's Strip', for which Dumas did the artwork. This extraordinary and self-parodying strip, in which the main character hosted the strip like a TV show and had guest appearances from characters from other strips, ran from 1961 until 1963. During this period, Dumas also made humorous illustrations for famous magazines like The New Yorker, the New York Times, and The Post.
In 1977, Dumas and Walker reprised the 'Sam' character in the newspaper strip 'Sam als Silo', about the misadventures of a small-town sheriff and his deputy, for the King Features Syndicate. Dumas continued the comic strip on his own from 1995 on. As a writer, he told his childhood memories in his 1972 novell 'An Afternoon in Waterloo Park'.
He has also written essays and columns for the Atlantic Monthly, the Smithsonian, the Connoisseur and the Greenwich Time. He does scriptwriting for comic strips by other artists, such as 'Rabbits Rafferty' (with Mel Crawford), 'Benchley' (with Mort Drucker), and 'McCall of the Wild' (again with Crawford).