Les Murailles de Samaris [The Great Walls of Samaris] is the first volume of the chronicles of the Obscure Cities, published as an album in 1983, after a run in (A Suivre) from June to September 1982.
Les murailles de Samaris was the first result of the collaboration between Schuiten and Peeters, and they have always admitted never having been quite satisfied with it. In 1988, they took advantage of a re-edition of the album to change a few pages and make the story mesh better with the rest of their universe; inserting a scene where we meet a young Robick, who by then had become a major character in the series.
Franz Bauer is asked to visit Samaris and research the rumors about this city. Some people have left for Samaris but did not return: Mark and Clara(youngest sister of Anna), and someone called Pierre. Franz leaves for Samaris. After a long journey by Altiplan and Aerophele he reaches Samaris. He stays in the only hotel of the city. He meets Carla in a club. The days pass by all in the same way. In the end Franz tries to break out of the daily routine and finds out that the whole city is build with panels. The whole city is fake. He returns to Xhystos but many years have passed and nobody knows Franz. Eventually he can meet the council, but they deny that they have send him on his quest. Franz leaves Xhystos.
See also the in-depth review of the album by Julian Darius:
|1983||Les Murailles de Samaris||French||Casterman||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|1983||De Muren van Samaris||Dutch||Casterman||48||SC||9030380519|
|1983||Les Murailles de Samaris||French||Casterman||n/a||n/a||n/a||altered ending (page 42 and further, and altered page 35)|
|1983||De Muren van Samaris||Dutch||Casterman||56||SC||9030385510||Including “Terug naar Samaris” by Benoît Peeters, numbered I-VIII|
|1983||Las Murallas de Samaris||Spanish||Totem-Comics||50||SC||8475270433|
|1983||Collana Humanoidi presenta Schuiten-Peeters: Le Mura di Samaris||Italian||Totem-Comics||48||SC||n/a|
|1984||Murene i Samaris||Danish||Borgen||48||SC||8741870093|
|1987||The Great Walls of Samaris||English||NBM Publishers||48||SC||0918348366|
|1988||Murene i Samaris||Danish||Bogfabrikken||56||SC||8772971258|
|1990||Die Maurn von Samaris||German||Reiner Feest Verlag||48||SC||3893431586|
|1991||De Muren van Samaris||Dutch||Casterman||64||SC||9030385510||Including “Terug naar Samaris” by Benoît Peeters, 11 unnumbered pages|
|2000||De Muren van Samaris||Dutch||Casterman||64||HC||9030385987||Including “Terug naar Samaris” by Benoît Peeters, 11 unnumbered pages|
|2003||As muralhas de Samaris||Portuguese||Witloof Edições||50||n/a||n/a|
|2007||Les Murailles de Samaris||French||Casterman||94||SC||9782203006911||Enhanced version. Added Les Mysterères de Pȃhry: I Le grand secret, II Passage du Louvre, III Le Fugitif (changed version), IV L'éstrange cas du dr Abraham|
|2012||Bedemi Samarisa||Croatian||Fibra||92||HC||9789533210353||Like the 2007 enhanced French edition with added Les Mysterères de Pȃhry|
|2012||闇の国々||Japanese||ShoPro Books||n/a||HC||4796871322||Part of bundle 2|
|2015||Die Mauern von Samaris||German||Schreiber & Leser||96||SC||9783943808636||Like the 2007 enhanced French edition with added Les Mysterères de Pȃhry|
|2016||撒玛利亚的城墙||Chinese||People's Fine Arts Publishing House||96||SC||9787102073675|
|2017||Samaris||English||IDW Publishing||96||SC||9781631409424||New translation by Steve Smith of Alaxis Press. Projected for June 2017|