It's true! The first page of Sam and Fuzzy -- or at least, the first page of the version that became this webcomic -- was drawn way back in 2001. I drew it for the University of Victoria's student newspaper, The Martlet. Then in 2002, I ran it here on the Sam and Fuzzy website as my very first update!
The nature of S&F's sliding timescale can be a little bizarre. It's not as weird as it could be, since the comic isn't filled with a ton of topical references. But it does still lead to some weirdness... like Hazel using a smart phone in this flashback to the Classic era, even though the original Classic era strips were drawn before smartphones existed.
All right! I hope you have enjoyed all this weirdness. But we're nearly ready to resume our current story! Come back on Wednesday for our next comic.