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Timeline – 1971 Part 4

Hi and Los Sunday page color proof, December 26, 1971.

This seasonal Sunday page is another masterpiece of story structure and graphic design by Mort Walker and Dik Browne.

The gag stars the innocent and endearing Ditto who tells the elderly Mr. Rimmel about his dream of becoming a cowboy when he grows up. I remember going through a cowboy phase myself when I was about Ditto’s age. Mr. Rimmel gives Ditto a lot of good reasons to aspire to be a teacher instead. My wife and daughter are both teachers, so I am very sympathetic to this argument. I believe teachers don’t get enough credit or compensation for the jobs that they do. Ditto seems to be going along with Mr. Rimmel’s logic until he reverts back to his original obsession at the end.
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Timeline – 1971 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, December 5, 1971.

The Sunday page above features Trixie in her fully developed stage. She didn’t always look like this.

When Mort Walker and Dik Browne started designing Hi and Lois in 1954, they had different ideas about the way the characters should appear. “Dik drew in a clean, modern style which I thought would give a whole new look to the comics,” Mort recollected. “In the beginning he had a very high tech look, with angular lines. It turned out to be a little too sterile for Hi and Lois and eventually he began to draw rounder and cuter.”
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Timeline – 1971 Part 2

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, November 14, 1971.

The episode above features a typical Dik Browne “drop panel.” Sunday pages are designed so that the panels can be rearranged for quarter, third, half and full-page newspaper formats. Many of these configurations require that the logo panel and the following panel or panels at the top of the page be eliminated. The main story is contained in the second and third rows of panels so it can make sense without the drop panels.
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