Timeline – 1975 Part 2

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Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 8, 1975.

Spring is arriving late in New England this year.  It is already mid-April and this is the first day the temperature has gone above 70 degrees.

We like to chronicle the changing seasons in Hi and Lois.  The strip’s creators, the Walkers and the Brownes, have lived primarily in Connecticut, so the outdoor scenes reflect the way we experience them. We have snow in the winter, flowers in the spring, heat in the summer and leaves in the fall.  Not all areas of the country have snow.  Readers there have to use their imaginations and see the world through our eyes.

The charming episode above uses the full color palate of the Sunday comics. The grass is green, the flowers are blue, the butterflies are purple, the buds are pink, the crawlies are orange and the toenails are red (Lois sure has funny-looking feet). This gag would not have the same impact if it were a black-and-white daily strip.

Here is a spring-themed strip that has a much darker message.

Hi and Lois daily strip, June 25, 1968.

As Trixie observes, it’s survival of the fittest in the Flagston back yard!

Come back next week for another classic example from 1975 in our Timeline series.

– Brian Walker

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